Julius Caesar
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Joseph L. Mankiewicz directed this exquisite version of William Shakespeare's play. Louis Calhern is Julius Caesar, whose conquests have enabled him to rise to the status of Roman dictator. But his ascent to almost God-like status has given pause to influential members of the Roman Senate. Chief among them is Cassius (John Gielgud), who is troubled by Caesar's popularity and dictatorial status. Convinced that Caesar's assassination would be the best thing for Rome, he conspires with Casca (Edmond O'Brien) and the influential Brutus (James Mason) to plot Caesar's murder.… More

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"The best Shakespeare that Hollywood has yet produced."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"A remarkably successful stab at Shakespeare."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Surprisingly, Mankiewicz's MGM version is intelligent, smooth, engaging, polished, and well acted by all involved, including Brando proving his detractors that he can handle any part, including Mark Antony."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Lavish, starstruck and for the most part, splendid."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"While Brando's is scene stealing and Gielgud's is masterful, Mason's is emotional."
‑ Ted Prigge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"A tense, melodramatic story, clearly presented, and excellently acted by one of the finest casts assembled for a film."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A stirring and memorable film."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Brando, Gielgud and Mason are slightly superb."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"The whole piece moves at a pace, never sacrificing battle scenes or diversions to make it cinema."
‑ , Film4
"Unimaginative but intelligent."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Brando actually addresses the crowd he is speaking to, his searing eyes picking out stragglers and cutting them down"
‑ Paul Brenner, Filmcritic.com
"A terrific Hollywood version of a Shakespeare play."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Brando shows some surprising flair with the Tudor dialogue, but this adaptation needs a little brushing up."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Lybarger Links
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