Cleopatra (1963 movie)

1963 British-American-Swiss epic drama film

Cleopatra (1963) is an epic sword and sandal movie starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rex Harrison, and Richard Burton. It was written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. At the time, this movie had more money put into its budget than any movie befor that. It did not get back its production cost at the box office. It won four minor Academy Awards but lost Best Picture to Tom Jones.

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Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz
Rouben Mamoulian (uncredited; fired and replaced by Mankiewicz)
Darryl F. Zanuck (uncredited)
Produced byWalter Wanger
Screenplay byJoseph L. Mankiewicz
Ranald MacDougall
Sidney Buchman
Ben Hecht (uncredited)
StarringElizabeth Taylor
Richard Burton
Rex Harrison
Roddy McDowall
Martin Landau
Hume Cronyn
George Cole
Kenneth Haigh
Narrated byBen Wright
Music byAlex North
CinematographyLeon Shamroy
Jack Hildyard (uncredited)
Edited byDorothy Spencer
Elmo Williams (uncredited)
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • 12 June 1963 (1963-06-12) (New York, premiere)
  • 31 July 1963 (1963-07-31) (United Kingdom)
Running time
192 minutes[1]
CountriesUnited Kingdom
United States
Budget$44 million[1][2]
Box office$57,777,778 (US)[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Cleopatra (1963)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  2. Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p253