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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
What do Moses, Ben-Hur, and Antony have in common? Answer: They all look like Charlton Heston.
If somehow you missed the play or the history, basically Julius Caesar let his status go to his head and is about to take on the role of emperor. It is up to a handful of Noble Romans to see that this does not happen. The play is about these individuals, their individual purposes and what happens to them after the attempt to stop him. The focus is on Caesar's right arm (Mark Antony).

This is a 1970 rendition of Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar" that is well adapted for the screen. Hence the characters are well known contemporaries. You will notice the major players and might miss some of the others such as Preston Lockwood (Trebonius) who played the Judge in "Strong Poison" ASIN: B000062XDY. With many movies the actor out shine the character and totally changes the emphasis of the story. However this version is well done with maybe the exception of Jason Robards (Brutus) who sometimes seems like Jason Robards playing Brutus at other times he is quite exceptional. Diana Rigg (Portia) who looks like a little girl is the only person that sounds like she is speaking in meter. Everyone speaks clearly and pauses long enough for you to think before moving on. Facial expressions are important to the story and they do not look like they are yelling at you (except in speeches).

You will notice that the back ground music is also of 70's vantage and is used to emphasize certain scenes. However the volume is not so high that you can not hear the clear pronunciation of the lines. Also the costumes made with satin are distracting. At one point Antony looks like Carol Burnett when she was wearing a curtain and left the rod in.

As the play proceeds you will be so wrapped up in it that you will not care about the little differences in form and be totally absorbed in the film. There may be better versions and/or more favorite versions but that doe not make this version any less worth having.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon October 22, 2010
What do Moses, Ben-Hur, and Antony have in common? Answer: They all look like Charlton Heston.

If somehow you missed the play or the history, basically Julius Caesar let his status go to his head and is about to take on the role of emperor. It is up to a handful of Noble Romans to see that this does not happen. The play is about these individuals, their individual purposes and what happens to them after the attempt to stop him. The focus is on Caesar's right arm (Mark Antony).

This is a 1970 rendition of Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar" that is well adapted for the screen. Hence the characters are well known contemporaries. You will notice the major players and might miss some of the others such as Preston Lockwood (Trebonius) who played the Judge in "Strong Poison". With many movies the actor out shine the character and totally changes the emphasis of the story. However this version is well done with maybe the exception of Jason Robards (Brutus) who sometimes seems like Jason Robards playing Brutus at other times he is quite exceptional. Diana Rigg (Portia) who looks like a little girl is the only person that sounds like she is speaking in meter. Everyone speaks clearly and pauses long enough for you to think before moving on. Facial expressions are important to the story and they do not look like they are yelling at you (except in speeches).

You will notice that the background music is also of 70's vantage and is used to emphasize certain scenes. However the volume is not so high that you can not hear the clear pronunciation of the lines. Also the costumes made with satin are distracting. At one point Antony looks like Carol Burnett when she was wearing a curtain and left the rod in.

As the play proceeds you will be so wrapped up in it that you will not care about the little differences in form and be totally absorbed in the film. There may be better versions and/or more favorite versions but that doe not make this version any less worth having.

Julius Caesar ~ Marlon Brando
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on May 24, 2002
Charlton Heston's delivery of Mark Antony's funeral oration alone powers this production beyond the 1953 Brando version. Richard Johnson is superb as Cassius, and the beauty and spectacle of the Battle of Philippi in Act V is icing on the cake. Some have complained about the flat delivery of Brutus' lines by Jason Robards, but I find Robards' restraint in keeping with Brutus' character as a disciple of Stoicism. If you are a teacher, and you want your students to feel the emotional force of Antony's speech in Act III, as well as the sweep and drama of Acts IV and V, this is the version to show them.
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on December 2, 2002
Pardon the pun - actually that would be Brutus with the coup d'etat - "the most unkindest cut of all."
Behind Hamlet, Julius Caesar emerges as the foremost tragedy that has brought us so many great axioms and lines that we still use today some 400 years after the fact. After reading the beloved play for the 2nd time, I then watched this superb movie version for the 2nd time. It is impossible to overstate the incredible acting talent and the splendid performance enacted by the vibrant Charlton Heston as Marc Antony. His dynamic and electrifying speech to the plebians in the marketplace rivals any other in Shakespeare cinema history(including Olivier in Hamlet and Branagh in Henry V).
Not to be outdone, Sir John Gielgud superbly plays an arrogant and imperious version of Caesar while Jason Robards stoically plays the "noble" Brutus. As a self-proclaimed Shakespeare aficionado, I thoroughly reveled in this version of Julius Caesar and highly recommend it to those who appreciate fine drama.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon September 14, 2002
What do Moses, Ben-Hur, and Antony have in common? Answer: They all look like Charlton Heston.
If somehow you missed the play or the history, basically Julius Caesar let his status go to his head and is about to take on the role of emperor. It is up to a handful of Noble Romans to see that this does not happen. The play is about these individuals, their individual purposes and what happens to them after the attempt to stop him. The focus is on Caesar's right arm (Mark Antony).
This is a 1970 rendition of Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar" that is well adapted for the screen. Hence the characters are well known contemporaries. You will notice the major players and might miss some of the others such as Preston Lockwood (Trebonius) who played the Judge in "Strong Poison" ASIN: B000062XDY. With many movies the actor out shine the character and totally changes the emphasis of the story. However this version is well done with maybe the exception of Jason Robards (Brutus) who sometimes seems like Jason Robards playing Brutus at other times he is quite exceptional. Diana Rigg (Portia) who looks like a little girl is the only person that sounds like she is speaking in meter. Everyone speaks clearly and pauses long enough for you to think before moving on. Facial expressions are important to the story and they do not look like they are yelling at you (except in speeches).
You will notice that the back ground music is also of 70's vantage and is used to emphasize certain scenes. However the volume is not so high that you can not hear the clear pronunciation of the lines. Also the costumes made with satin are distracting. At one point Antony looks like Carol Burnett when she was wearing a curtain and left the rod in.
As the play proceeds you will be so wrapped up in it that you will not care about the little differences in form and be totally absorbed in the film. There may be better versions and/or more favorite versions but that doe not make this version any less worth having.
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on March 17, 2002
I thoroughly enjoy this drama by Shakespeare. I read it back when I was in high school, and have been watching the video all along since then. Sir John does a fantastic job portraying Caesar, the arrogant head of Rome whose assassination by envious conspirators leads to their own death. Charlton Heston shows us a great side of himself by playing Mark Antony. He totally steals the show. No matter what anyone said, Jason Robards is not a disgrace to Shakespeare. If research is done to the point of Brutus, it is well documented that Brutus was a stoic, one who shows great emotion ONLY within himself and does not express it to other people. His voice is very monotone and his attitude in his speech at Caesar's funeral to Portia's death remains the same. So, in all aspects, Robards portrays Brutus in a great manner. Another thing that I particularly like about the movie is that it doesn't assume that you're already read and understood the play - it gives you plenty of background and information so that you know what's going on. 5 stars from Julius Caesar!
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on February 23, 2001
In his role as Mark Anthony in this movie, i.e., Julius Caesar VHS ~ Charlton Heston, Charlton Heston shows his unique ability to blend it character. His emotions for the assassination are very heartfelt, genuine and altogether believable. In fact, I would (without a single trace or hint of doubt whatsoever) say that his performance was and is worthy of an Oscar. As written earlier, he, i.e., Mr. Heston becomes Mark Anthony and during his speech at the funeral is brilliant, powerful, well paced, the dramatic high point of the movie. It is a pity to see that Heston never was given the opportunity to play Hamlet; since his, i.e., Mr. Heston's performance would have truly brought to life the spirit and force Shakespeare's plays.
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