Approx. Running minutes 248
Release dates 12/07/2013, 15/04/2002, 21/01/2002, 17/08/1998, 15/02/1990
BBFCInsight Contains mild violence, language, sex references and grisly scenes
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.
BBFCinsight 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. It is rated PG for mild violence, sex references, language and grisly images.
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.
Sex references include Cleopatra being described as using "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"
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!"
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.
PG stands for Parental Guidance. A PG film should not disturb a child aged around eight or older. However, parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger or more sensitive children.
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