How well do you remember the 1963 film, Cleopatra?

By: Allie T.
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About This Quiz

Love. Drama. Death. Test your knowledge of the triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra in the 1963 movie that registered just as much drama behind the camera as it did in front of it.

Cleopatra was set in what country?

The capital of Egypt was founded by King Menes in the Early Dynastic Period (c. 3100 - 2686 B.C.) at White Walls, which was later known as Memphis. The Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx were built during the time of Ancient Egypt (c. 3100 - 332 B.C.).

What studio backed the film?

20th Century Fox was started in 1935 by William Fox, Joseph M. Schenck, and Darryl F. Zanuck. It's currently owned by 21st Century Fox. It's one of the "Big Six" film studios in the U.S.

In what year was this version of Cleopatra released?

1963 brought a lot of significant changes in the United States. This was the year that Beatlemania started and the use of ZIP codes was implemented. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

Who stood at the head of Rome?

Caesar was born Gaius Julius Caesar on July 13, 100 B.C., in Rome. He was a politician, general, and author. He had a hand in the fall of the Roman Republic.

Cleopatra was a great Egyptian who held what title?

Cleopatra VII Philopator, who went simply as Cleopatra, co-ruled with her two younger brothers and then her son. She was the last reigning pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt. After her reign, Egypt became part of the Roman Empire.

Who did Caesar send to lay down the law according to Caesar?

Mark Antony was a politician and general in Rome. He played an important role in shifting Rome to the Roman Empire. Caesar appointed him as the administrator of Italy.

Caesar was from where?

Rome started as the Roman Kingdom, c. 753-509 B.C. Rome shifted through the Roman Republic up to the Papal States, c. 754-1870, up to the formation of Italy in 1946. Rome is the capital of Italy.

Cleopatra felt she was which goddess?

Isis was the Egyptian Goddess of health, marriage, and wisdom. She was first worshiped in Egypt and later by the Roman Empire and the Greco-Roman world. She is still worshiped today by people in a variety of religions.

Who was Caesar's wife back in Rome?

Calpurnia was played by Gwen Watford. Gwen started her onscreen career by playing Lady Madeline Usher in "The Fall of the House of Usher." Her last onscreen appearance was in the 1992 TV movie, "Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side," as Mrs. Dolly Bantry.

Cleopatra resided in what city?

Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great in c. 331 B.C. It was an important part of the Hellenistic civilization. It is currently the second largest city in Egypt.

When Caesar had the Egyptian fleet burned, what else also burnt to the ground?

The Library of Alexandria was the largest and most important library of the ancient world. A majority of the books were in scroll form. After the main library was destroyed, the scholars used the temple Serapeum.

When Caesar first arrived in Egypt, who had the throne?

Pharaoh Ptolemy XIII was played by Richard O'Sullivan. Richard started his career in 1953 by playing Boy Singing at Sunday School in "The Yellow Balloon." His last onscreen appearance was in 1996, playing Henry in the short film, "Holed."

Who was the son of Caesar and Cleopatra?

Caesarion was born as Ptolemy XV Philopator Philometor Caesar. He ruled jointly with his mother until her death and then ruled on his own for 11 days, until August 23, 30 B.C. His death was ordered by Octavian, but no one knows what actually happened to him. He was presumed strangled, but no body was ever found.

After the Senate met and rejected Caesar's bid for more power, when was he killed?

After Rome made Caesar dictator for life, he sent for Cleopatra. With their plan to rule the world, Caesar pushed for Emperor of Rome. The Ides of March is March 15th. Caesar's assassination was in 44 B.C. With Caesar's death, the Ides of March became a turning point in Roman history as it shifted the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.

Who did Caesar's will designate as his official heir?

Octavian Caesar Augustus was the recognized heir to Gaius Julius Caesar. He was the first Emperor of the Roman Empire. Octavian's ashes were scattered during the Sack of Rome when his mausoleum was destroyed.

After Caesar's death, his empire was split, with Lepidus taking Spain, Mark Antony taking the eastern provinces, and Octavian taking control of what areas?

Spain was called Hispania when in 206 B.C. the Romans seized the Carthaginian territories. The Romans gave the name Gaul to the territories where the Latin Galli and French Gaulois lived.

Caesar suffered from what health issue until his death?

Falling sickness was an old term for epilepsy. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder. Epilepsy can include convulsions, a loss of consciousness, and sensory disturbance.

Who played Cleopatra?

Elizabeth shot to fame in 1944 by playing Velvet Brown in "National Velvet." She had a long and star-studded career, along with her own perfume line and being BFFs with Micheal Jackson. Elizabeth died in 2011 of congestive heart failure.

What was special about the budget for 1963's "Cleopatra"?

The film had an original budget of $2 million, but it shot up to around $44 million. The $44 million then is equal to $334 million in 2013. Elizabeth Taylor made $7 million for this film.

"Cleopatra" was the ________ movie in 1963?

Unfortunately, although it was the highest-grossing film of 1963, earning $26 million, it's enormous budget caused it to keep hemorrhaging money. With worldwide box office sales and two spots of the movie sold to ABC, the film finally broke even in 1973.

Who saw Cleopatra and her son off when they left Rome?

Cleopatra had to get back to Egypt and rule her country. She had come to Rome for Caesar's funeral. Mark Antony did not want her to leave because of his growing feelings for her, but he knew she must go.

What happened when Mark Antony summoned Cleopatra to Tarsus?

Antony summoned Cleopatra because he needed money and supplies to defeat Parthia. She arrived in Tarsus on a lavish ship. As long as she was on the ship, she figured she was on Egyptian soil. She made Antony come to her on the ship so that she would not have to leave Egypt.

The director wanted to cut the film into two films -- one featuring Caesar with Cleopatra and the other featuring Antony with Cleopatra, but the studio wanted the story kept as one to capitalize on the relationship between which actors?

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were making news headlines right after their affair was made public. Their love affair was scandalous at the time. Taylor and Burton were married and divorced twice.

Who played Julius Caesar?

Rex started his onscreen career in 1930 by playing George in "The Great Game." His last onscreen role was as the Grand Duke Cyril Romanov in the 1986 TV movie, "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna." He died at the age of 82, in 1990.

Antony returned to Rome to thwart a power grab by whom?

Since Octavian was Caesar's heir, he wanted to claim what Caesar wanted -- control of Rome. With Antony out of Rome, his power grab was easier to accomplish. Each time Antony tried to stop Octavian, he failed.

When Antony returned to Rome, he negotiated with Octavian for Egypt and Rome to become what?

Allies come together for a common purpose or goal. The U.S. and England are allies.

Which of the following is true for Antony and Cleopatra?

They fell in love, despite the way they treated each other in the first half of the film. Antony told Cleopatra that he fell in love with her while she was with Caeser. Being apart was a challenge for both of them.

Who played Octavian?

Roddy's first onscreen role was in 1938, as Peter Osborne in "Murder in the Family." He also appeared in the early Planet of the Apes movies. Roddy died in 1998.

Who did Antony marry?

Octavia was played by Jean Marsh. She started her onscreen career in 1952 in "The Infinite Shoeblack." Jean had a lengthy career. Her last onscreen role was in 2014, as Daisy Livingstone in the TV series "Grantchester."

Who killed Cleopatra's beloved servant, Sosigenes?

Octavian didn't have to kill Sosigenes. However, his hatred of Cleopatra was so strong, he wanted to wound her through killing her loyal servant.

Octavian marched into Alexandria with whose dead body in a wagon?

Caesarion at age 12 was played by Kenneth Nash. Kenneth started his onscreen career in 1960, by playing Jaimie in "Don't Do It Dempsey." His last onscreen appearance was eight years later, in 1968, playing Robbo in "Crime Buster."

Who played Mark Antony?

Richard's first role was as Morgan Evans, in 1946's "The Corn Is Green." Throughout the years Burton was more well-known for his turbulent personal life and many marriages than his onscreen performances. His last role was as Sen. Phipps Ogden, in "Ellis Island" in 1984.

Who died alongside Cleopatra?

Cleopatra communicated in code to Charmion and Eiras that it was time to die. The ladies did not hesitate to fulfill their Queen's order. In Egypt, servants died when the Queen/King died, so that they could serve them in the afterlife.

How did Mark Antony die?

Apollodorus convinced Antony that Cleopatra was already dead. Anthony was distraught and fell on his own sword. Apollodorus then confessed he lied.

How did Cleopatra die?

After seeing Caesarion's ring on Octavian's hand, she knew her son was dead. Charmion gave Octavian a note that said Cleopatra wanted to be buried with Antony. Cleopatra and her servants were killed by the poison from an asp.

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