Alexander the Great

Synopsis: An epic film that follows the life of Alexander the Great, the macedonian king that conquered all ancient greek tribes and led macedonian army against the vast Persian Empire. Alexander conquered most of the then known world and created a greek empire that spanned all the way from the Balkans to India.
Director(s): Robert Rossen
Production: United Artists
  1 nomination.
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141 min

- And if you're wrong?

- An Egyptian soothsayer dies.

- And king Philip says to the world...?

- That he is also a man.

A madman! And if you are, play the role

and also kill her and the boy.

Kill her?

- And the boy?

- Why not?

Isn't it the ancient law

of the wild Macedonian chiefs?

You knew her when you married -

proud and jealous,

as wild as the mountains from which

she came and the gods she worshipped.

What she thinks I don't know, but this I do

She's a woman and she taunts you.

Taunts me?

Tears me.

And what do you believe, Parmenio?

Even the oracle at Delphi

proclaims his divinity.

- I've bought shrines and burned them.

- I accept the will of the gods.

And what do you believe?

I believe in the glory of Macedonia,

in the kingdom.

In the army,

forged with your will and your strength

and your belief that we were stronger and

more fit to rule than anyone in Greece,

even in Athens.

And you're right, Philip. We are.

We must proclaim to the world

that Macedonia will not fall apart,

that she will continue to rule

through you and through your son.

And then, Philip, we shall have truly lived.

Go to her.

You loved her once. At least

you can live in peace with her.

- Accept the boy. He's yours.

- (murmuring from crowd)

And give them what they want.



Achilles, too, was born of a god.

And at his birth it was foretold

that he would be greater than his father.

And he was.

And this destiny shall be yours,

too, Alexander.


They want to see the prince...

and the queen.

(crowd cheering)

- Greetings, Aristotle.

- Greetings, Alexander.

- Whose kill?

- His. Alone, on foot.

You should have seen it. It was like

a duel to decide which of them was king.

That duel need never have been fought.

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Robert Rossen

Robert Rossen (March 16, 1908 – February 18, 1966) was an American screenwriter, film director, and producer whose film career spanned almost three decades. His 1949 film All the King's Men won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, while Rossen was nominated for an Oscar as Best Director. He won the Golden Globe for Best Director and the film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture. In 1961 he directed The Hustler, which was nominated for nine Oscars and won two. After directing and writing for the stage in New York, Rossen moved to Hollywood in 1937. There he worked as a screenwriter for Warner Bros. until 1941, and then interrupted his career to serve until 1944 as the chairman of the Hollywood Writers Mobilization, a body to organize writers for the effort in World War II. In 1945 he joined a picket line against Warner Bros. After making one film for Hal Wallis's newly formed production company, Rossen made one for Columbia Pictures, another for Wallis and most of his later films for his own companies, usually in collaboration with Columbia. Rossen was a member of the American Communist Party from 1937 to about 1947, and believed the Party was "dedicated to social causes of the sort that we as poor Jews from New York were interested in."He ended all relations with the Party in 1949. Rossen was twice called before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), in 1951 and in 1953. He exercised his Fifth Amendment rights at his first appearance, refusing to state whether he had ever been a Communist. As a result, he found himself blacklisted by Hollywood studios as well as unable to renew his passport. At his second appearance he named 57 people as current or former Communists and his blacklisting ended. In order to repair finances he produced his next film, Mambo, in Italy in 1954. While The Hustler in 1961 was a great success, conflicts on the set of Lilith so disillusioned him that it was his last film. more…

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