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Cleopatra (1934)




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In this film, Queen Cleopatra uses her feminine wiles to become sole ruler of Egypt. By turns kittenish and cold-blooded, Cleopatra wraps such otherwise responsible Roman worthies as Julius Caesar and Marc Antony around her well-manicured little finger.


Warren William
as Julius Caesar
Henry Wilcoxon
as Marc Antony
Ian Keith
as Octavian
C. Aubrey Smith
as Enobarbus
Ian Maclaren
as Cassius
Leonard Mudie
as Pothinos
Irving Pichel
as Apollodorus
Claudia Dell
as Octavia
Harry Beresford
as The Soothsayer
Jayne Regan
as Lady Vesta
Florence Roberts
as Lady Flora
William V. Mong
as Court physician
Robert Warwick
as Gen. Achillas
George Walsh
as Courier
Edgar Dearing
as Murderer
Wilfred Lucas
as Roman Greeting Antony
Jack Mulhall
as Roman greeting Antony
Hal Price
as Onlooker at procession
Richard Alexander
as Gen. Philodemas
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Critic Reviews for Cleopatra

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

The result is nutty, inimitable and, if you get into the spirit of the thing, irresistible.

January 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Claudette Colbert is Egypt's queen and doesn't take it too seriously.

August 1, 2019 | Full Review…

It is to Mr. de Mille's credit that he never staggers beneath his burden of accessories. He keeps his film moving with a tumultuous energy which is its strongest point.

March 13, 2019 | Full Review…

... DeMille's lavish but stilted film... is all production value and no style.

April 9, 2009 | Full Review…

Despite many incongruous elements, like treating the text as soap opera and the dialogue as gossip, this is one of DeMille's most enjoyable films, superior to Mankiewicz 1963 version, in large part due to Claudette Colbert's sexy interpretation.

March 9, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

DeMille at his most DeMille.

November 1, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Cleopatra

For a DeMille pageant film this one is not too over the top with Claudette suitably seductive in the lead although the 1930's eyebrows are a distraction. The production design and costumes are the real attraction here. Not a great film, not terrible but if you are looking for full on DeMille debaunchery cloaked in piety watch The Sign of the Cross instead.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

For my money the best cinematic Cleo, baby, Cleo, and the reason is the sensuous, languorous smoky turn given by Claudette Colbert who, along with the ever conspicuous DeMille, conspire to seduce us into sublime and decadent oblivion ... and it doesn't seem as bad as my preacher says it is. Opulence that makes Liz come off as a frumpy housewife at a golf club social.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The only reason to watch this movie is for Colbert. Otherwise, it's just the same old story we've seen over and over in other movies about Cleopatra, nothing new.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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