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- DescriptionDirector Oliver Stone chalks up an ambitious entry on his biopic resume (past entries include films about Jim Morrison, Richard Nixon, and JFK among others) with this cinematic treatise on the life of the mighty Alexander the Great. Despite his young death at 32, Alexander packed some unimaginable conquests into his limited years by ruling over a huge chunk of the globe. Stone draws on a voice-over narration provided by Anthony Hopkins, whose character is named Ptolemy, to aurally depict some of the battles. Thus, Stone shifts the weight of the film to focus on the personality of Alexander (Colin Farrell), a man who is stricken by overwhelming personal insecurities that come in direct contrast to his bold achievements. Complex dealings with his mother (Angelina Jolie) and father (Val Kilmer) plague him, as does his turbulent relationship with his wife, Roxane (Rosario Dawson). His connection with his best friend, Hephaestion (Jared Leto), is ambiguous, with Stone touching on their vaunted homosexuality via some shared tender moments. As these personal battles are played out, Ptolemy fills the historic gaps in the narrative by charting the incredible conflicts that raged at Alexander's behest. Eventually, Stone lets loose with an epic on-screen battle, which sees Alexander's troops rumble across India in another country-conquering quest. But while his minions struggle, and Alexander demands success, it becomes clear that he is his own worst enemy. With the only real threat to Alexander coming from a tempestuous struggle with his own ego, Stone's summation of the great historical leader paints a picture of an embittered and solitary figure who was able to rule everyone apart from himself.
- Leading Role 1Colin Farrell
- Director 1Oliver Stone
- Leading Role 2Angelina Jolie
- Leading Role 3Val Kilmer
- Additional Roles byAnthony Hopkins,Jared Leto,Rosario Dawson
- ProducerJon Kilik,Iain Smith,Thomas Schuhly,Moritz Borman
- ScreenwriterOliver Stone,Laeta Kalogridis,Christopher Kyle
- Score ComposerVangelis
- Release FormatDVD
- Release Year2005
- Additional GenreGeneral
- Subtitle LanguagesEnglish
- Running Time167 minutes
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- ipavely08 Jun, 2016by
Alexander The Great
This film lives up to the legend of Alexander. It takes you through from when he was a child right through to the big battle in India. Great narration by Sir Anthony Hopkins which helps you to keep up with events.
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- sunraywhale20 May, 2013by
Well worth a look if you like history based films
Good sets, great scenes and battle choreography, well directed, well acted (except jolie who's as wooden as ever) I really enjoyed it.
- anthonyaustin1808 Mar, 2011by
i like it and thats wat counts haha
Oliver Stone consulted Robin Lane Foxe, Oxford historian and the premier Alexander expert, before making this film. It shows. The film certainly ranks as one of the closest-to-the-real-story Hollywood historical mega-films. To viewers with any background in Aristotelian drama and the Greek epic, it will immediately become clear that Stone has tried hard to emulate the epic form while integrating the culture of the Greek tragedy into his film.
- rogerdon8411 Feb, 2011by
i bought this film because i had never seen it properly before, i have only seen bits and pieces of it when it has been on tv an thought it looked a good watch. antony hopkips is one of my favourite actors an plase a good part in this film and as narrator, and obvously any film with the lovely jolie in is always worth a watch.
- rottenblaze02 Feb, 2011by
Brilliant film, precise strategies used by the real Alexander make this film a must see. Battle's are realistic with plenty of gore. The Battle Of Gaugamela is by far one of the best battles scenes ever shown of film. If you purchase this movie enjoy it as it is worth what it costs. :)
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