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Alexander the Great (1956)

The life and military conquests of Alexander III of Macedon (July 20/21, 356 - June 10/11, 323 B.C.), commonly known as Alexander the Great.

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Robert Rossen

Writer:

Robert Rossen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burton ... Alexander
Fredric March ... Philip of Macedonia
Claire Bloom ... Barsine
Barry Jones ... Aristotle
Harry Andrews ... Darius
Stanley Baker ... Attalus
Niall MacGinnis ... Parmenio (as Niall Macginnis)
Peter Cushing ... General Memnon
Michael Hordern ... Demosthenes
Marisa de Leza ... Eurydice (as Marisa De Leza)
Gustavo Rojo ... Cleitus
Rubén Rojo ... Philotas (as Ruben Rojo)
Peter Wyngarde ... Pausanias
Helmut Dantine ... Nectenabus
William Squire ... Aeschenes
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Storyline

An epic film that follows the life of Alexander the Great, the macedonian king that conquered all ancient greek tribes and led macedonian army against the vast Persian Empire. Alexander conquered most of the then known world and created a greek empire that spanned all the way from the Balkans to India. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Plot Keywords:

macedonian | empire | army | king | persian | See All (53) »

Taglines:

Conqueror of conquerors! Spectacle of spectacles! The colossus of motion pictures! See more »


Certificate:

14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1956 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexander de Grote See more »

Filming Locations:

Estudios CEA, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,500,000, 31 December 1956
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print) | (Turner Library Print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Around five thousand to six thousand Spanish extras were recruited for this movie. See more »

Goofs

When the Macedonian horsemen attack Darius' soldiers, one of the spear tips clearly bends in a way that shows it to be made of rubber. See more »

Quotes

Aristotle: We Greeks are the chosen - the elect. Our culture is the best - our civilization, the best; our men, the best. All others are barbarians! And it is our moral duty to conquer them, enslave them, and if necessary destroy them!
Aristotle: [speaking before Alexander and his friends ] Wonders are many - but none is more wonderful than Man himself. The Persian way of life has the seed of death, and fear, in it. That of the Greek - of life, and courage.
Aristotle: The gods of the Greeks are made in the image of Men - not ...
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Alternate Versions

Original theatrical version ran 147 min. (according to the BBFC database). For unknown reasons the film was cut down at a later time to its current running time of 136 min. All US and European DVD releases include this shorter version. It is rumored that the Spanish VHS release includes the complete version. See more »

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Version of Alexander (2004) See more »

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Riveting dialogue but glosses over some detail
6 December 2004 | by sivasothiSee all my reviews

The dialogue accomplishes so much yet is almost poetic. It is of an elegance rarely seen in modern movies. Many of the key elements in the relationships between Alexander, his men, his parents and his perspectives are explored but battle details are glossed over.

Though far from comprehensive, it tells a good tale and serves as a wonderful introduction to the life of Alexander. I was riveted when I watched this, having read Mary Renault's trilogy. An excellent job!

Oliver Stone's 2004 effort was a let down but the depiction of the Battle of Gaugamela is worth watching.


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