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Julius Caesar (1970)

A not very well-known version – in comparison to the more famous Marlon Brando film of 1953 – of Shakespeare’s play, made in Britain but with a few top American stars in leading roles somewhat at variance with an array of notable British acting talent.

Jason Robards, in particular, seems rather unhappy in the role of Brutus (Charlton Heston went so far as to say that Robards gave possibly “the worst performance by a really good actor” in film history) but lovers of Shakespeare and good performances will find much that is rewarding.

Robert Vaughn makes a superbly sneaky Casca.

The Senate set, prominently featuring a bust of John Gielgud as Caesar, was later used in the movie version of Up Pompeii (1971).

Mark Antony
Charlton Heston
Brutus
Jason Robards
Julius Caesar
John Gielgud
Cassius
Richard Johnson
Casca
Robert Vaughn
Octavius Caesar
Richard Chamberlain
Portia
Diana Rigg
Artemidorus
Christopher Lee
Calpurnia
Jill Bennett
Decius Brutus
Derek Godfrey
Lepidus
David Dodimead
Metellus Cimber
Michael Gough
Cinna the Conspirator
David Neal
Trebonius
Preston Lockwood
Popilius Lena
John Moffatt

Director
Stuart Burge