TV Movie | | Drama, History, Romance
After the murder of her lover Julius Caesar, Egypt's Queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Mark Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor, Octavius.
One of the last made-for-television Shakespeare adaptations (to date) to have its American premiere on commercial network television. Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (1968), made for movie theaters, was telecast by ABC in 1980, but the only other made-for-television Shakespeare adaptation to have its American premiere on commercial television since 1975 has been the syndicated telecast of Sir Laurence Olivier's King Lear (1983), which was shown on American television in 1984, after premiering in England in 1983.
There's a great spirit gone.
The closing credits, rather than being listed in order of prominence, by appearance, or alphabetically, are divided into three sections: "With Cleopatra played by Janet Suzman were:", "With Antony played by Richard Johnson were:", and "With Octavius Caesar played by Corin Redgrave were:"