Cleopatra
  • Director(s)

    Joseph L. Mankiewicz

  • Production Year

    2013

  • Release date

    12/07/2013

  • Genre(s)

    Drama

  • Approx. running minutes

    251m

  • Cast

    John Doucette, Martin Benson, John Hoyt, Michael Hordern, Desmond Llewelyn, Finlay Currie, Laurence Naismith, Jean Marsh, Carroll O'Connor, Marne Maitland, John Alderton, Richard O'Sullivan, Elizabeth Taylor, Rex Harrison, Richard Burton, Andrew Keir, Kenneth Haigh, Roddy McDowall, Martin Landau, George Cole, Pamela Brown, Cesare Danova, Hume Cronyn, Francesca Annis, Robert Stephens

Film

Cleopatra

Contains mild violence, language, sex references and grisly scenes
  • Director(s)

    Joseph L. Mankiewicz

  • Production Year

    2013

  • Release date

    12/07/2013

  • Genre(s)

    Drama

  • Approx. running minutes

    251m

  • Cast

    John Doucette, Martin Benson, John Hoyt, Michael Hordern, Desmond Llewelyn, Finlay Currie, Laurence Naismith, Jean Marsh, Carroll O'Connor, Marne Maitland, John Alderton, Richard O'Sullivan, Elizabeth Taylor, Rex Harrison, Richard Burton, Andrew Keir, Kenneth Haigh, Roddy McDowall, Martin Landau, George Cole, Pamela Brown, Cesare Danova, Hume Cronyn, Francesca Annis, Robert Stephens

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

Violence

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.

Language

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

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.

  • Classified date

    21/06/2013

  • BBFC reference

    BFF031176

  • Language

    English