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Julius Caesar (2006)

Calhern Louis , Marlon Brando , Joseph Mankiewicz  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Calhern Louis, Marlon Brando, John Gielgud, James Mason
  • Directors: Joseph Mankiewicz
  • Producers: John Houseman
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HWZ4AC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,368 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Julius Caesar" on IMDb

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Film adaptation of Shakespeare's play chronicling the aftermath of Caesar's assassination at the hands of Marc Anthony, Cassius and Brutus.

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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Showdown: Marc Antony vs. Brutus. January 7, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Shakespeare's plays are an inextinguishable source of inspiration for movie-makers. His works are approached from very different stands: as transposition to other time and surroundings as "West Side Story" (1961) and "Ran" (1985); from a very personal optic as "Titus" (2000) and "Looking for Richard" (1996) or as in the present case with a classic approach.

I've seen this movie when I was a kid, keep a very deep impression from it and remained a Brando's fan forever. I saw it again many times afterwards. I was always delighted by the play and the outstanding acting given by Brando, Mason and the rest of the cast.

This is one of the greatest Shakespeare's historical tragedies. Focuses on the last days of Julius Caesar's life, but the main characters are: Brutus, torn apart by his love to the Republic and his loyalty to Caesar and Marc Antony, unfaltering in his love for Caesar and will to revenge his murder.

The cast (a mix of British & Americans actors and actresses) gives an overwhelming performance. First of all Brando's Mark Antony, especially when giving his mournful speech; words are Shakespeare's the powerful way to cast them Marlon's.

James Mason is equally inspired, he transmit to the audience all the storms that rage in Brutus' soul, his moral suffering and final choice.

Only one little step below is John Gielgud's Cassius, the "black eminence" of the conspiracy. The viewer will also enjoy Greer Garson, Deborah Kerr and Edmond O'Brian performances.

A great movie for Shakespeare lovers and general public!

Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
By dooby
This is a thoroughly riveting production of Shakespeare's tragedy. It boasts a stellar cast and excellent production values. I found it strange that it is touted as a Marlon Brando film when Brando doesn't actually play the central role. That honour belongs to James Mason who provides a brilliant portrait of the tormented Brutus, the one truly noble man in this whole sad affair. Sir John Gielgud is also outstanding as the envious, conniving but weak Cassius. Brando's performance, great as it is, should be seen in the context of the equally great performances of those around him. In Robert Osborne's introduction, we are told how Brando sought Gielgud's help in preparing for his role; recording Gielgud's delivery of Antony's lines, and assiduously listening to and studying from them. The final effect is electrifying. This is not the boring Shakespeare dreaded by schoolkids the world over. This is gripping, searing stuff that, as Laurence Fishburne says in the accompanying documentary, made Shakespeare "the Aaron Spelling of his day." The one sore spot was Louis Calhern's Caesar who looks more like Hollywood's caricature of a Roman Patrician than Shakespeare's intended character. But that's a minor quibble for Caesar is really just a minor figure, even though the play does bear his name.

I was delighted by the reviewer who pointed out the interpretational possibilities regarding Brutus' character and motivations. However I disagree with him when he says that the film failed in its depiction of Brutus. The reviewer's preference for a darker, more self-aware Brutus is fascinating to explore but this is a Hollywood film from the early 1950s and we should see it in that context. The beauty of Shakespeare is that it can be interpreted in so many different ways.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Hail Caesar!!! February 5, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
and this magnificent production of one the Bard's most memorable plays. This movie boasts an all star cast, and each do a splendid job of portraying their characters, my favorite being John Geilgud, one of the all-time great Shakespearean actors who's Cassius is an emotional boilerplate of envy. James Mason's Brutus is his friend and exact emotional opposite: a self-controlled, even-tempered, honor-loving man. Watching the interplay of these two opposites was for me the most thrilling part of the movie. I can't imagine any actors playing these roles other than Mason and Geilgud. Also, Brando's Mark Antony was marvelous to behold. How he skillfully moves the crowd to riot was nothing less than a virtuoso display of acting that proves Brando to be the genius that he was.

If you like Shakespeare, and particularly 'Julius Caesar', but haven't seen this one yet, BUY IT, you won't be disappointed.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brando shines as Antony January 7, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Julius Caesar (1953) directed by Joseph Mankiewicz
Forget The Manchurian Candidate, this movie should be required viewing during every campaign season. Watching the mob swayed from one direction to the other first by Brutus' (James Mason) speech and then by Marc Antony's (Marlon Brando) is the best warning there is on the perils of democracy. The same unshaven louts who castigate Caesar during Brutus' speech, lionize him during Antony's. In the end the crowd is whipped into a frenzy of revenge when they hear Caesar left them money and land in his will. In our day this sort of mob control has been replaced with entitlement programs.
Mankiewicz, one of Hollywood's ablest craftsmen, creates a faithful adaptation of this play. One of Shakespeare's most mature and sophisticated tragedies, Julius Caesar is peopled with such complex and subtle characters, we don't know whom to root for. There is no Iago or Richard III to step forward and tell us boldly, "I am a villain." Each of the characters acts for both high and low motivations alike.
Brutus, the noblest and most sympathetic of the characters, battles futilely to save the republic from the inevitable emerging dictatorship. But in spite of his greatness, he is an easy tool for the Machiavellian Cassius (John Gielgud). In a wonderfully nuanced role, Cassius preys on the ambition and vanity Brutus does not even recognize in himself. Cassius, though a callow manipulative bribe-taking scoundrel, can yet be so noble and brave. Shortly before killing himself, he tells his slave he has a final order for him, "Live free." We see beneath his self interest lies a magnanimous heart. In spite of its title, this is not the story of Julius Caesar; his corpse is just the island on which all the other characters fight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Profound as history would care to be felt
Brando is clearly remarkable for his work here and performs the matter with heart and spirit. This is the film that wins regardless that Marlon Brando brings forth the vision. Read more
Published 10 days ago by PINKY
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Getting
Incredible performance of Marc Anthony by Marlon Brando. Film score is typical for the era - it gets in the way and is saddly predictable. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Joseph Bongiovanni
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie and Goodie
Marlon Brando's acting in this movies is unbelievable. I'd seen an interview with Johnny Depp and he was commenting on Marlon's acting career and mentioned this movie and I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judy Southwest
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best version to teach Julius Caesar
Every time I teach Julius Caesar to tenth grade students, I use this movie. Even though it is black and white, it communicates well. It doesn't hurt that Marlon Brando is Antony. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wilma
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected.
I expected more of the big motion picture type effect with more of a modern setting. My bad, after all this is Shakespeare .
Published 2 months ago by Delores Gaines
5.0 out of 5 stars A Julius Caesar for the Ages
The actors are more than just supurb. We are seeing Marlon Brando near the beginning of a historic acting career.

James Mason is the real star of the film as Brutus. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael T. Peck
4.0 out of 5 stars Brando at his best
This version is quite true to Shakespeare's text and Brando is amazing. Based on my 10th grade students' response to the film, I'm not sure that the style of acting stands the test... Read more
Published 2 months ago by WWJAD
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Production on Shakespeare's Julius Ceasar
This film does to Shakespeare's Julius Ceasar what Zeferelli does to Romeo and Juilet; it makes this movie the indisputable version for the play. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elvin Ortiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Version of Shakespeare's julius Casesar
This version of Julius Caesar is probably the best acting and truest to the original play of all versions that have been produced. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J White
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Best production ever. Stellar cast, with a surprise mastery of Shakespeare by a young Marlon Brando. Watch it and see for yourself.
Published 4 months ago by Erin Meyers
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