Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar (1953)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 3, 1953
DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Sragow
New Yorker

Over Caesar's corpse Brando begins to mix grief, rage, cunning, and ferocity; his reading of the funeral oration is so quakingly angry you understand why it would rouse the rabble.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Unimaginative but intelligent.

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Dan Jardine

Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz manages to showcase the Bard's dialogue in a film that also has the visual appeal of Oscar-winning art direction.

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TIME Magazine

The best Shakespeare that Hollywood has yet produced.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A remarkably successful stab at Shakespeare.

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Henry Stewart
Brooklyn Magazine

Brando became a legend in gritty Elia Kazan productions, but it was his naturalistic approach in nonrealistic Mankiewicz fare like this and 1955's Guys and Dolls that helped transform all acting.

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Variety Staff

A tense, melodramatic story, clearly presented, and excellently acted by one of the finest casts assembled for a film.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A stirring and memorable film.

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Paul Brenner

Brando actually addresses the crowd he is speaking to, his searing eyes picking out stragglers and cutting them down

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Christian C
The best treatment of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, by far. Hats off to Ms. Kerr for her riveting portrayal. John's Gielgud's "Et Tu… More
John Ballantine
This adaptation of Shakespeare is, like the play, more interested in the post Caesar world than the title character. Brando gives us the most realistic Antony… More
Aj V
A good production of Caesar, the cast does a good job. It could have been more exciting or interesting, but for a presentation of a classic like this it's… More
Antonius Block
In this movie, you have the world's greatest playwright (Shakespeare) combined with one of the world's greatest actors (Brando), two other fantastic… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]This version of "Julius Caesar" is a dynamic take on the William Shakespeare play about politics with a great American/English… More
Cinema Films
Although the title is Julius Caesar, the play and the film are more concerned with Brutus and his interplay with Cassius and Antony. As Brutus, James Mason… More