Alexander the Great (1956) was a Historical - Drama Film directed by Robert Rossen and produced by Robert Rossen and Gordon Griffith.
Alexander the Great (1963, Phil Karlson)By Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 11, 2017 From The Stop Button
Had Alexander the Great gone to series instead of just being a passed over pilot and footnote in many recognizable actors filmographies, it seems likely the series would?ve had William Shatner?s Alexander continue his conquest of the Persian Empire. The pilot is this strange mix of occasional action... Read full article
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Alexander: I know.
Philip of Macedonia: And my ambition, more I think. Alexandroplis? At least wait until I die first. HAHAHAHA!
Nectenabus: There were signs of greatness at his birth! Quakes and storms shook the earth - and in the skies, a star fell... and two eagles perched upon the roof of the Queen's chamber. And in far-off Asia... the Temple of Ephesus was struck by lightning and burnt to the ground.
Philip of Macedonia: And how did you read these signs, soothsayer?
Nectenabus: The two eagles - that he was born to rule two worlds. The burning of the Temple - that a torch was kindled that day that would one day consume all the world. And this torch... your son.
Philip of Macedonia: And the falling of the star?
Olympias: That a god was born to me... *of* a god.
Philip of Macedonia: There's work to do. Farewell, Aristotle.
Aristotle: Farewell - and take these words with you and use them for what they are worth: Alexander is many things. He is logic, and he is dreams. He is warrior, and he is poet. He is man, and he is spirit. He is your son, but he's also *hers*... and he believes himself to be a god.
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Rossen shot the film to run three hours plus an intermission and was very disappointed when the producers cut it to 141 minutes.
Although Richard Burton was only 29 at the time of filming, many critics felt he already looked too old to play Alexander.
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