Alexander

Synopsis: Conquering 90% of the known world by the age of 25, Alexander the Great led his armies through 22,000 miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years. Coming out of tiny Macedonia (today part of Greece), Alexander led his armies against the mighty Persian Empire, drove west to Egypt, and finally made his way east to India. This film will concentrate on those eight years of battles, as well as his relationship with his boyhood friend and battle mate, Hephaestion. Alexander died young, of illness, at 33. 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.
Director(s): Oliver Stone
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  6 wins & 19 nominations.
 
IMDB:
5.6
Metacritic:
39
Rotten Tomatoes:
16%
R
Year:
2004
175 min
$34,264,081
Website
398 Views

To whom do you pray?

Phobos.

Fear?

A bad omen.

More so for Darius.

I've come to believe the fear of death

drives all men, Hephaistion.

And this we didn't learn as schoolboys.

It is the cause of all of our misfortunes.

-So, mighty Crateros.

-Your Majesty.

-Are you ready for tomorrow?

-It's been too long coming if you ask me.

The men are skittish as colts and

the damn bulls won't shut their snouts.

Good. Fear makes men fight better.

Post your sentries alertly

but rest them well.

Don't you worry, general. I'm known to

sleep with my eyes open as a baby's arse.

Only because someone

might steal his loot, sire.

Well, someone owes Crateros

for his cheapness.

He buys neither gloves nor blankets

to warm himself.

Who needs gloves

when you come from grace?

Who needs clothes

when you can fight naked?

He's right.

After tomorrow, even the thrifty

among you shall be kings.

-The gods are with us, Your Majesty.

-We'll stain the ground...

...in Persian blood, my king.

You're on the first row tomorrow, boy.

I've always believed, Alexander...

...but this seems so much bigger than us.

Did Patroclus doubt Achilles when they

stood side by side at the seat of Troy?

Patroclus died first.

If you do...

If you were to fall, Hephaistion,

even if Macedonia were to lose a king...

...I will avenge you.

And follow you down

to the house of death.

I would do the same.

On the eve of battle,

it's hardest to be alone.

Then perhaps...

Perhaps this is farewell then...

...my Alexander.

Fear not, Hephaistion.

We are at the beginning.

Blood makes the world rise.

Blood makes the rain fall.

Blood makes the earth grow.

And in blood, all men are born and die.

Blood is the food of the gods below.

Come, Bucephalus.

Today we ride to our destiny.

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Oliver Stone

William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Stone came to public prominence between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s for writing and directing a series of films about the Vietnam War, in which he had participated as an infantry soldier. Many of Stone's films primarily focus on controversial American political issues during the late 20th century, and as such that they were considered contentious at the times of their releases. more…

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