Antony and Cleopatra (1972 film)

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Antony and Cleopatra
Directed by Charlton Heston
Produced by Peter Snell
Written by Federico De Urrutia
Charlton Heston
William Shakespeare
Starring Charlton Heston
Hildegarde Neil
Eric Porter
John Castle
Fernando Rey
Juan Luis Galiardo
Carmen Sevilla
Music by John Scott
Cinematography Rafael Pacheco
Edited by Eric Boyd-Perkins
Production
company
Distributed by Rank Organisation (UK)
Release date
2 March 1972 (UK)
Running time
160 min
Country United Kingdom
Spain
Switzerland
Language English
Budget $1.8 million[1]

Antony and Cleopatra is a 1972 film adaptation of the play of the same name by William Shakespeare made by the Rank Organisation. The film stars Charlton Heston and Hildegarde Neil in the title roles, with Eric Porter, John Castle, Fernando Rey, Carmen Sevilla, Freddie Jones, Peter Arne, Douglas Wilmer, Julian Glover and Roger Delgado. It was directed by Charlton Heston and produced by Peter Snell from a screenplay by Federico De Urrutia and the director.[2]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Distributors in 21 countries put up 65% of the $1.8 million budget (which was actually $2.7 million but Heston and Snell deferred their fees). A bank put up the remainder 35%. Heston asked Orson Welles to direct by Welles turned it down so he decided to do it himself.[1]

The film was shot in Spain. Heston re-used leftover footage of the sea battle from his 1959 film Ben-Hur.[3]

Home video[edit]

The film received poor reviews[4] and, as a consequence, a very limited release in the USA. It was released on DVD in March 2011.[5]

Trivia[edit]

Heston had played Mark Antony in two previous Shakespearean films, both adaptations of Julius Caesar, the first in 1950, the second in 1970 (also produced by Peter Snell).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Heston plays hero for Bard Mills, Bart. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 26 Mar 1972: j16.
  2. ^ "Antony and Cleopatra : Overview". msn. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Rothwell, Kenneth S. (28 October 2004). A History of Shakespeare on Screen: A Century of Film and Television. New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-54311-8. 
  4. ^ Rosenthal, Daniel. "Shakespeare on Film: Antony and Cleopatra". Movie Maker. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Antony & Cleopatra: Movies & TV. Amazon.com. Retrieved on 14 November 2011.

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