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Alexander (2004)

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Alexander (Colin Farrell), the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.

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Oliver Stone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Old Ptolemy
David Bedella ... Scribe
Jessie Kamm Jessie Kamm ... Child Alexander
Angelina Jolie ... Olympias
Val Kilmer ... Philip
Fiona O'Shaughnessy ... Nurse
Connor Paolo ... Young Alexander
Patrick Carroll Patrick Carroll ... Young Hephaistion
Brian Blessed ... Wrestling Trainer
Peter Williamson Peter Williamson ... Young Nearchus
Morgan Christopher Ferris Morgan Christopher Ferris ... Young Cassander
Rob Earley ... Young Ptolemy (as Robert Earley)
Aleczander Gordon Aleczander Gordon ... Young Perdiccas
Christopher Plummer ... Aristotle
Gary Stretch ... Cleitus
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Storyline

Conquering ninety percent of the known world by the age of twenty-five, Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell) led his armies through twenty-two thousand miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years. Coming out of tiny Macedonia (today part of Greece), Alexander led his armies against the mighty Persian Empire, drove west to Egypt, and finally made his way east to India. This movie concentrated on those eight years of battles, as well as his relationship with his boyhood friend and battle mate, Hephaistion (Jared Leto). Alexander died young, of illness, at the age of thirty-two. Alexander's conquests paved the way for the spread of Greek culture (facilitating the spread of Christianity centuries later), and removed many of the obstacles that might have prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire. In other words, the world we know today might never have been if not for Alexander's bloody, yet unifying, conquest. Written by austin4577@aol.com

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greek | gay | king | india | army | See All (424) »

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Fortune favors the bold See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$155,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,687,087, 28 November 2004

Gross USA:

$34,297,191

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$167,298,192
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (final cut) | (Ultimate Cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

There was considerable concern when it was announced that Colin Farrell would be playing Alexander the Great. It was felt that an Irishman was a poor choice for such an important European character (even though Ireland is a European country). Writer and director Oliver Stone responded by casting at least another twenty Irish actors in supporting roles so that Farrell's accent would blend in with the on-screen action. See more »

Goofs

The Alexander Mosaic shown when the old Ptolemy was talking did not exist until 100 BC. It was from the Roman Republic era. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Old Ptolemy: Our world is gone now. Smashed by the wars. Now I am the keeper of his body, embalmed here in the Egyptian ways. I followed him as Pharaoh, and have now ruled 40 years. I am the victor. But what does it all mean when there is not one left to remember - the great cavalry charge at Gaugamela, or the mountains of the Hindu Kush when we crossed a 100,000-man army into India? He was a god, Cadmos. Or as close as anything I've ever seen.
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Alternate Versions

A third cut of the film was released in 2007 under the title "Alexander Revisited - The Final Cut". Running at three and a half hours (45 minutes longer than the original). See more »

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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Bad actors, bad writing, bad cinematography, bad movie
15 September 2006 | by andrewjw99See all my reviews

Any man that could conquer such a vast portion of the world in only ten years with the technology constraints of the ancient world must have been not only a great military genius, but also a genius of a politician and an extremely charismatic figure. Once he had established his uncanny skill on the battlefield, many cities throughout the world surrendered and joined his empire without even putting up a fight. After Alexander defeated Darius III, the Persians at Babylon greeted him as a god. Despite being one of the most legendary human beings that has ever lived, Oliver Stone astoundingly decided to focus the majority of the film on something as petty as the sex life of Alexander the Great.

Oliver Stone portrays Alexander as moody, spoiled, weak, and alarmingly indecisive. If the true Alexander had acted even close to the way that Stone portrays him, there is no doubt that his advisers would have assassinated him before he had even set foot in Persia. Stone's Alexander actually screams like a girl and throws a tantrum at least twice in the movie.

As for the battle choreography, it is probably the worst of a major film in the past ten years at the very least. It may not even have been revolutionary if it had been shot in 1960. The Battle of Gaugamela, one of the greatest victories in the history of the world, that left the army of Darius, King of Kings, completely annihilated and his empire open for free reign, is depicted by Stone to be remarkably slow-paced and anti-climactic.

In short, it is inconceivable that the producers deemed this film worthy of investment, and it is a sacrilege to the great man and a stain on his memory that this travesty of a film was ever made.


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