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Alexander the Great

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Original title
Alexander the Great
Running time
135 min.
United States United States
Robert Rossen
Mario Nascimbene
Robert Krasker
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20th Century Fox
Adventure | Historical. Biography. Ancient Greece. Epic film
Synopsis / Plot
Philip of Macedonia (Fredric March) is getting nowhere with his various wars against the Persians and other Greek states, but when he gives his son Alexander (Richard Burton) the regency of Parra, the eager young man goes into action. Convinced from a young age by his mother Olympias (Danielle Darrieux) that he's actually a God, Alexander fulfills his destiny by uniting Greece under his war banner and moving on the impossibly larger Persian empire, ruled by the proud Darius (Harry Andrews). On the way he debates his destiny with Barsine (Claire Bloom) the daughter of Athenian turncoat Memnon (Peter Cushing), who has brought a small army of his own to Darius' side. Alexander's goals are noble enough, but his hubris allows him to betray his own family and compromise his principles along the way.
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