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Julius Caesar (2006)

Calhern Louis , Marlon Brando , Joseph Mankiewicz  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Calhern Louis, Marlon Brando, John Gielgud, James Mason
  • Directors: Joseph Mankiewicz
  • Producers: John Houseman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HWZ4AC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,162 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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77 of 81 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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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
By dooby
Format:DVD
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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42 of 44 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 Five Stars
Works Great!
Published 3 days ago by Trevor Gaither
3.0 out of 5 stars A good laugh
If you are looking for a play that is *exactly* like Shakespeare's written play, than this is the movie for you. It goes scene to scene, line to line, exactly how the play is. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Madison Bower
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such a good version. Love it every time.
Published 10 days ago by S. W. Hancock
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great movie. A great way to introduce the classics to younger generations.
Published 24 days ago by Pete N. Austira
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good!
Published 1 month ago by donquixote
4.0 out of 5 stars ... portrayal of Shakespeare's *Julius Caesar* and the acting is...
This is a fairly accurate portrayal of Shakespeare's *Julius Caesar* and the acting is better in this version than in the Charlton Heston version.
Published 1 month ago by A. Wiebe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Anyone who enjoys a Shakespearean play would enjoy this film of Julius Caesar. I remembered it being shown to me in high school English class and was pleased to purchase it for my... Read more
Published 2 months ago by BARBARA P MAYES
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films out there, for a number of reasons
I have a number of reasons why I think this is one of the best films out there.

First, the story: it is the true story of the betrayal and assassination of Julius Caesar... Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Great White Father
5.0 out of 5 stars Julius Caesar
I had given my commends about the movie earlier no need to reiterate.

Julius Caesar is an excellent for those who haven't seen it. I would recommend their seeing it.
Published 2 months ago by James D. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Brando could do it all
First, I hate Shakespeare. Secondly, I usually can't understand the dialogue. Then in this version I got bit thanks to the greatest movie actor of our time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by david brown
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