Julius Caesar (1970 film)

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Julius Caesar
film poster
Directed by Stuart Burge
Produced by Peter Snell
Written by Robert Furnival
Based on Julius Caesar 
by William Shakespeare
Starring Charlton Heston
Jason Robards
John Gielgud
Richard Johnson
Robert Vaughn
Richard Chamberlain
Diana Rigg
Music by Michael J. Lewis
Cinematography Kenneth Higgins
Edited by Eric Boyd-Perkins
Commonwealth United Entertainment
Distributed by Commonwealth United Entertainment (UK)
American International Pictures (US)
Release dates
  • 4 June 1970 (1970-06-04) (UK)
Running time
116 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Julius Caesar is a 1970 British independent film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play, directed by Stuart Burge from a screenplay by Robert Furnival. The film stars Charlton Heston (as Mark Antony), Jason Robards (as Brutus) and John Gielgud (as Julius Caesar). It is the first film version of the play made in colour. Robert Vaughn, who plays Casca, and Richard Chamberlain, who plays Octavius, are the only Americans in the film other than Robards and Heston.



The film was shot at studios in the UK and on locations in Spain.


The reviews for this version upon its theatrical release were mostly negative, with Robards especially being criticized for his wooden performance as Brutus. The film failed at the box office.[1] Critic Roger Ebert gives it only one star.[2]

Upon its 2013 Blu-ray disc release, it met with a more positive review from the website DVD Talk, although Jason Robards' performance was still soundly panned.[3] Its previous DVD release, which was pan-and-scanned rather than letterboxed, had been harshly criticized, and several other DVD reviewers also disparaged the film.[4]


  • John Gielgud played Cassius in the 1953 film version of Julius Caesar, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
  • Charlton Heston had played Mark Antony once before, in an earlier film version of Julius Caesar, made in Chicago in 1950.[5] He would do so yet again, in a 1972 film version of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, which Heston directed.
  • Richard Johnson played Mark Antony several times on stage between the 1960s and 1990s, in both Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra.


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