Julius CaesarDirector: Stuart Burge, Charlton Heston, Jason Robards Jr., John Gielgud
Except for the omission of several passages in the original play, this 1970 adaptation of Julius Caesar faithfully retells Shakespeare's account of events surrounding the assassination of Caesar in 44 B.C. The film begins when Caesar John Gielgud is at the height of his power after conquering Pompey "the Great" in a civil war. Important senators worry that Caesar means to become king, diminish their power, and abolish their beloved Roman republic. Two senators, Cassius Richard Johnson and Brutus Jason Robards, hatch an assassination plot involving other disenchanted Roman citizens. Although a soothsayer warns Caesar of trouble ("Beware the ides of March") and his own wife reports ominous signs ("A lioness hath whelped in the streets; and graves have yawn'd, and yielded up their dead"), Caesar decides to go to the senate on the ides (March 15). Upon arrival, the conspirators greet him with daggers. In his funeral oration, Mark Antony Charlton Heston extols Caesar and incites the citizens against Brutus and the other conspirators. Brutus and Cassius flee Rome with their armies, but Antony and two other sympathizers track them down with their armies. When the tide turns against the conspirators, Brutus and Cassius commit suicide. As does Shakespeare's play, the film leaves the discerning viewer wondering who was the real villain -- Caesar, because of his ambition for power, or Brutus, because of his underhanded plot to maintain the status quo.
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- Education 2000
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Cast & Crew
|Robin Archer||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Michael J. Lewis||Score Composer|
|Michael Lewis||Score Composer|
|Julia Trevelyan Oman||Production Designer|
|Maurice Pelling||Art Director|
|Eric Boyd Perkins||Editor|
|Anthony B. Unger||Executive Producer|
|Henry T. Weinstein||Executive Producer|
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Don't confuse this version directed by David Bradley with the one directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz with Marlon Brando and Jason Mason. Still, this version is noteworthy of sorts as its the film debuts of Jeffery Hunter and Charleton Heston. This version is OK, but I never thought this was one of old Will Shakespeare's best work ... and even the Mankiewicz (considered the best) was a bit talky
Another Fantastic Julius Caesar Movie.
Heston curls toes with his version of the honorable men speech and makes the entire film a triumph, despite a rather card board performance by Robards as Brutus.