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Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great
Actors: Joseph Cotten, John Cassavetes, William Shatner
Director: Phil Karlson
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television, Military & War
NR     2006     1hr 30min

Alexander the Great was one of the most extraordinary people in history. King of Macedonia and one of the greatest military leaders of all time, he conquered much of the known world before he was 30 and was dead by the age...  more »


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Actors: Joseph Cotten, John Cassavetes, William Shatner
Director: Phil Karlson
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television, Military & War
Studio: Timeless Media Group
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 05/08/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Wonderful camp
J. Reames | Omaha, NE | 06/11/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Whether you rate this high or low depends on what you want out of it ... which is why the 3 stars. History? Bah. Not even close. But as a 1960s sword-and-sandals flick? It's a scream. I regularly show it in the class I teach on Alexander when we reach the final lecture, which is about the appropriation of Alexander in latter centuries as symbol and fiction. It's very interesting not for what it tells us about Alexander, but what it tells about American society in the early 1960s. In the West, Alexander is, arguably, the most famous (non-religious) historical figure prior to the 20th Century. He's been used, reused and used again for all sorts of things.

So if you want camp and commentary on US society, that's what you'll find here. History, not so much. :-)

But I will say that Shatner probably played one of the best on-screen Alexanders for both charisma and projection of self-certainty. I really like him better than Richard Burton's earlier portrayal and MUCH better than Colin Farrell's later portrayal. And later, of course, Captain Kirk was really just 'Alexander in Space.'"
Bruce Hodson
Mr. N. B. Hodson | Northants, UK | 11/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Of its kind very watchable but a bit dated in presentation. However, I was glad to see it and found the direction and production of this movie attractive."
Alexander the Pretty Darn Good!
Remus | 07/07/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"For what it is -- an hour-long 1960s TV pilot -- this ain't bad at all! Productions values are okay, and the outdoor locations, though recognizably the American West, are nonetheless spectacular. John Cassavetes and Joseph Cotton turn in fine performances, and Shatner (who never looked better shirtless) shows why he became a worldwide star; he's a more charismatic Alexander than either Richard Burton or Colin Farrell. (Adam West's role is too small to register.) The story is fictional, not historical, but typical of the kinds of yarns that have been woven about Alexander in many lands for many centuries, a mini-melodrama of treachery and wartime intrigue. If only they had gone ahead and made a TV series...but then Shatner would not have made Star Trek, and West would not have played Batman! The bonus featurette, "Hollywood's Epic Films," is essentially a 40-mintue compilation of vintage trailers. All in all, this dvd is well worth the modest price."
OK for Shatner fanatics, yawn for everyone else
Karen S. Coyle | Florida | 10/18/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"If, like me, you're in the middle of your All-Things-Shatner fixation, you'll probably get a (mild) kick out of this. It's watchable; interesting strictly from the standpoint of watching The Shatman do something different - but whatever network passed on this pilot back in the day was probably wise to do so."