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Roger Davidson

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One of the most notorious flops ever, and rightfully so. This overblown epic biography of the life of Egypt's most famous rulers is woefully long, flat and dull. Elizabeth Taylor overacts outrageously as the Queen of the Nile. Richard Burton, to my amazement, is not much better as Cleopatra's lover, the Roman Mark Antony. There is some impressive art direction, and some good acting by Rex Harrison and Roddy McDowell as the two Caesars (Julius and Octavian), but their acting is lost in this monstrosity.

Nevertheless, it earned four academy awards, for art direction, cinematography, costumes and special effects. However, the sets are the only element that works well. The rest is garbage. It's these type of movies that nearly killed film epics.

My Rating = Two Stars

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