Friday, December 27, 2013

Alexander



2004 German/American/Dutch/French/British/Italian Feature

Cast: Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Anthony Hopkins, Jared Leto, Rosario Dawson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Christopher Plummer
Director: Oliver Stone
Writers: Oliver Stone, Christopher Kyle and Laeta Kalogridis

Synopsis:
The saga of Alexander the Great, the Macedonian conqueror legendary for his military prowess, but whose personal life included an unnatural relationship with his mother, a stormy marriage and a male lover, Hephaistion.

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Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Alexander has been the subject of several biopics, including Alexander the Great (1941) starring Prithviraj Kapoor, Alexander the Great (1956) starring Richard Burton, Alexander the Great (1968, TV movie) starring William Shatner, Alexander the Great (1980) starring Omero Antonutti, The Search for Alexander the Great (1981, TV mini-series) starring Nicholas Clay, Alexander the Great (2006) starring Mark Adair-Rios and Young Alexander the Great (2010) starring Sam Heughan.
  • Based in part on the 1974 book Alexander the Great by University of Oxford historian Robin Lane Fox.
  • Director Baz Luhrmann was also preparing an Alexander the Great biopic starring Leonardo Dicaprio, but he dropped the idea when Oliver Stone announced this movie.
  • Casting Call: Sean Connery, Russell Crowe, Tom Cruise, Heath Ledger, Liam Neeson and Brad Pitt.
  • Angelina Jolie played Colin Farrell's mother even though she is less than a year older than he is.
  • The cast deliberately speak with Irish accents as Colin Farrell was unable to lose his.
  • Director Oliver Stone makes a cameo appearance as a Macedonian general.
  • A group of Greek lawyers threatened to file a lawsuit over the film against Oliver Stone and Warner Brothers for what they claimed was an "inaccurate portrayal of history" by making reference to Alexander's bisexuality. After an advance screening of the film, the lawyers announced that they would not pursue any legal action.
  • Three versions of the film have been released: the initial theatrical cut (175 minutes), a "Director's Cut" in 2005 (17 minutes removed from the theatrical cut, with nine minutes added, for a total running time of 167 minutes) and Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut in 2007 (214 minutes).

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