Alexander (2004)

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Conquering ninety percent of the known world by the age of twenty-five, Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell) led his armies through twenty-two thousand miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years. Coming out of tiny Macedonia, Alexander led his armies against the mighty Persian Empire, drove west to Egypt, and finally made his way east to India. This movie concentrated on those eight years of battles, as well as his relationship with his boyhood friend and battle mate, Hephaistion (Jared Leto). Alexander died young, of illness, at the age of thirty-two. Alexander's conquests paved the way for the spread of Greek culture (facilitating the spread of Christianity centuries later), and removed many of the obstacles that might have prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire. In other words, the world we know today might never have been if not for Alexander's bloody, yet unifying, conquest.


Cast and Crew:


Oliver Stone


Oliver Stone, Christopher Kyle, Laeta Kalogridis


Anthony Hopkins, David Bedella, Jessie Kamm, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Fiona O'Shaughnessy, Connor Paolo, Patrick Carroll, Brian Blessed, Peter Williamson, Morgan Christopher Ferris, Rob Earley, Aleczander Gordon, Christopher Plummer, Gary Stretch, John Kavanagh, Nick Dunning, Marie Meyer, Mick Lally, Colin Farrell, Jared Leto, Elliot Cowan, Joseph Morgan, Ian Beattie, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Denis Conway, Neil Jackson, Garrett Lombard, Chris Aberdein, Rory McCann, Michael Dixon, Tim Pigott-Smith, Raz Degan, Erol Sander, Stéphane Ferrara, Tadhg Murphy, Jean Le Duc, Francisco Bosch, Annelise Hesme, Mohammed Tsouli, Toby Kebbell, Laird Macintosh, Rosario Dawson, Rab Affleck, Féodor Atkine, Harry Kent, Sam Green, Bin Bunluerit, Jaran Ngamdee, Brian McGrath, Suzanne Bullock, Kate Eloise Whitfield, Gillian Grueber, Michelle Lukes, Anjali Mehra, Anthony Jean Marie Kurt, Marta Barahona, Monica Zamora, Benny Maslov, Tania Matos, Leighton Morrison, Isaac Mullins, Monica Perego, Matthew Powell, Benjamín Benítez, Anthony James Berowne, Nicolas D. Blake, Max Bollinger, Jason Croot, Dale Dye, Fahar Faizaan, Mick Fryer-Kelsey, Charles Haigh, Abbie Hirst, Charlie Hollway, Rowley Irlam, Joey Jeetun, David Leon, Evelina Manna, Desmond O'Neill, Greg Orvis, Panayiota Panteli, Lee Anthony Parnell, Genevieve Redmond, John Reynolds, Peter Rnic, Alex Sabga-Brady, Oliver Stone, John Whitby


Moritz Borman, Hans de Weers, Matthias Deyle, Léonard Glowinski, Pierre Grunstein, Jon Kilik, Michael Maker, Aslan Nadery, Tabrez Noorani, Gianni Nunnari, Santa Pestonji, Paul Rassam, Pravesh Sahni, Volker Schauz, Thomas Schühly, Iain Smith, Christian Stibbe, Fernando Sulichin, Robert S. Wilson

Release Info:

Release Date: November 24, 2004 (USA) | Length: 175 min | Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War | MPAA Rating: Unknown | Note(s): Alternative versions: The Director's Cut is 9 minutes shorter than the 175-minute theatrical version. It is a reworked version although seamless to many. 18 minutes were cut and 9 added. Many of the added or extended sequences involve Val Kilmer and Angelina Jolie's characters. The battle of Gaugamela now starts earlier. Taking a cue from classic movie epics, the opening reel now set up the basic themes with greater economy: Alexander's Oedipal relationship with his parents, Olympias' ambitions for her son, the boy's need to surpass his father, and the entirely natural way in which myth/religion is shown as integral to the ancients' behavior. Oliver Stone reworked the third act, too, juxtaposing events in India and Greece. Jolie's Olympias emerges now more as a genuinely pathetic figure in the whole tragedy. Ptolemy's final scene was edited. Stone also slightly reworked Alexander's death scene because of audience feedback, adding 17 seconds to the scene. Also known as "Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut"


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