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CLEOPATRA <span>(1963)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 248

Release dates 12/07/2013, 15/04/2002, 21/01/2002, 17/08/1998, 15/02/1990

Ratings Info Contains mild violence, language, sex references and grisly scenes

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Cast includes Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown, George Cole, Hume Cronyn, Cesare Danova, Kenneth Haigh, Andrew Keir, Martin Landau, Roddy McDowall, Robert Stephens, Francesca Annis, Martin Benson, John Doucette, Michael Hordern, John Hoyt, Marne Maitland, Carroll O'Connor, Richard O'Sullivan

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

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Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 02/07/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

CLEOPATRA is a drama about the Egyptian queen who was lover to both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.


The violence is strongest in the scene in which Caesar is assassinated. Two men hold his arms as another draws a dagger. He is stabbed in the back and then the chest with very brief sight of a small amount of blood around the blade. He is then seen with blood on the front and back of his tunic as he staggers towards another man and is stabbed again. The blows are all masked and there is no detail of any injury.


The language includes a literal use of the term 'bastard', in reference to Cleopatra's child with Caesar. There are also two uses of 'whore', when Cleopatra says the Emperor Octavian has "made of me unmistakably your whore", and when Octavian rages against Mark Antony's request to be buried "in Egypt, among Egyptians. Beside his Egyptian whore!"


Sex references include Cleopatra being described as using her "sexual talents, which are said to be considerable". The speaker continues, saying "Her lovers, I am told, are listed more easily by number than by name".

Injury detail

The grisly images include the sight of the top of Pompey's severed head, pulled from an urn and presented to Caesar as a gift.


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