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This epic 1963 film brings to life the story of Cleopatra (played by Elizabeth Taylor), the Egyptian ruler who attempted to secure her right to reign by engaging in affairs with Roman ruler Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison) and his successor Marc Anthony (Richard Burton).
Why Is Cleopatra Rated G?
Cleopatra is rated G - after it was re-issued in 1971
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Violence: Though little actual warfare is seen, military takeovers, assassinations and attacks are discussed and briefly shown. The decapitated head of a man is taken out of a jar and presented as a gift. An army burns their enemy’s ships and part of the town including important historical records. Weapon use includes spears, swords and hand-to-hand combat with some blood shown. Corpses and injured soldiers are seen on the battlefield. Dead bodies are cremated. A man is executed. Another man stabs himself with a sword after his servant refuses to kill him. A character attempts to poison another and as a result dies from poisoning herself. A man and woman argue and slap one another. He pushes her to the ground. A man deserts his soldiers. Ships attack one another with cannons. A woman slashes objects with a knife. Characters poison themselves.
Sexual Content: Characters engage in veiled and sexually suggestive dialogue. A naked woman lies on her stomach on a bed with only a towel covering her buttocks. A couple kisses passionately. A woman begins to undress in front of a man. The man places his hand on her breast and later the couple is seen in bed together. A character becomes pregnant out of wedlock. During a huge dance sequence several performers wear scanty clothing. One woman has only small coverings on her breasts. Other female characters in the court wear scanty or revealing clothing. A man is shown in the tub. Other characters are shown bathing with some brief nudity revealed. Themes of adultery and infidelity are included.
Language: The script contains a brief profanity, some name-calling and some sexual dialogue.
Alcohol / Drug Use: An oracle prophesies about the future using a powder that appears to have hallucinogenic properties. Characters drink on rare occasions. Characters use poison.
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Elizabeth Taylor’s film career ran from 1942 until 2001 and included such diverse roles as those in Little Women (1949) and The Flintstones (1994). The biographies of other female rulers have also been adapted to the big screen in Elizabeth The Golden Age, The Queen and The Young Victoria.
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Canadian Home Video Rating: NR
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Home Video Notes: Cleopatra: 50th Anniversary
Release Date: 28 May 2013
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Cleopatra is releasing to home video on Blu-ray.
- Cleopatra Through The Ages: A Cultural History
- Cleopatra’s Missing Footage
- Fox Movie Channel presents Fox Legacy with Tom Rothman
- Commentary with Chris Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz, Martin Landau and Jack Brodsky
- The Cleopatra Papers: A Private Correspondence
- Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood
- The Fourth Star of Cleopatra
- Fox Movietone News: Archival Footage of the New York Premiere and Archival Footage of the Hollywood Premiere
- Commentary with Chris Mankieqicz, Tom Mankiewicz, Martin Landau and Jack Brodsky
- Theatrical Trailers