Synopsis: In 48 BC, Cleopatra, facing palace revolt in her kingdom of Egypt, welcomes the arrival of Julius Caesar as a way of solidifying her power under Rome. When Caesar, whom she has led astray, is killed, she transfers her affections to Marc Antony and dazzles him on a barge full of DeMillean splendor. But the trick may not work a third time...
Director(s): Cecil B. DeMille
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

Oh, the Queen!

Where's the Queen?

The Queen is gone!


Cleopatra's gone!

What on earth do you mean?


Here is your new kingdom,


Here you can command the asps

and scorpions of the desert.

Maybe they will bow low

and whisper "Majesty."

If my hands were free, I'd

kill you. But I am more kind.

I leave you this mighty

schoolmaster. Set him free.


With his help, you might

reach Syria over there.

And the way to Egypt?

Is death.

Set foot in Alexandria again,

and I'll kill you.

I have heard that Caesar comes

to Alexandria, Prime Minister.

I'm returning to meet

with Caesar, Philosopher.

Goodbye, Cleopatra,

Queen of the Desert.

You'll find, to your sorrow,

I'm still Queen of Egypt.

Untie me.

You understand, my Queen, he

returns to meet with Caesar.

Is this a time to talk of Romans?

I've had no breakfast. I'm hungry.

So is Caesar hungry.

For Egypt.

You see how wise

your father was...

to make Rome the protector of you

and your brother, King Ptolemy?

They've got you out of the way

to deal with your brother alone.

They can handle him.

I'll get back to Alexandria.

Majesty, it's death.

It's certain death to go.

How old is this Caesar?

I am told you have arrived

at a conclusion, Caesar.

I have.

Is it your judgment to support

the cause of Ptolemy or his sister?

Your young King Ptolemy

has raised an army...

to crush his sister,

Queen Cleopatra.

It must be disbanded.

As the general of that army,

suppose I refuse?

Well, we'll go into that if you

do, but I don't think you will.

Good model. Build it.

By what authority do you

judge the destiny of Egypt?

I am here to see

that there is peace in Egypt.

With a Roman army

waiting at the border?

Excellence, would you not enter

into a treaty with the King...

if the Queen has disappeared? Has she?

Rumor says that

Cleopatra has fled to Syria.

She must have.

She's not here.

Maybe she was assisted in

her flight. Who can tell?

Who can tell?

Well, from what I hear of her,

small loss to Egypt.

In such a case,

your king would be sole ruler.

Under Roman guidance.

And you would pay to Rome

each year one million denarii.

One million denarii!

One million denarii!

And 10 shiploads of Egyptian

corn for the unemployed in Rome.

Ten ships of corn. Ten thousand

votes in Rome for Caesar.

A hundred thousand maybe.

Who can tell?

Well, I'm waiting.


Let him sign it.

A letter. Julius Caesar

to the Senate, Rome.

A rug of Persia. A gift for

Caesar from Nahigian the merchant.

We give nothing

to Romans here.

Did you say

for Caesar?

Pass on.

What do you think you own, the Earth? Yes.

And we have made a settlement with Egypt

whereby we support young Ptolemy as King.

Your seal, Excellence.

Against the sedition

of his sister, Cleopatra...

who, by all reports,

has fled to Syria.

A gift for Caesar,

fit even for his eyes.


Give him something.

The wax is ready

for your seal, Caesar.

The rug, Excellence.

Will you receive it?

What? Yes, yes,

put it down.


the wax is cooling.

Observe, Caesar.

A most unusual design.

What? Well!

Greetings to Caesar

from Egypt.

A very amusing joke.

Very good.

But I'm too busy.


What's the matter?

Tell him, Pothinos.

Tell him what's the matter, if your

lying tongue can find the words.

I am Cleopatra.


Yes, a good joke.

She is Cleopatra,

and I am Caesar.

Come on. I'll take her away. No, you won't.

Enough of this.

Caesar, you must listen.

He abducted me to the desert

and left me there to die.

But nothing could stop me

from greeting you.

Are you to be fooled by a...

No, I am not to be fooled.

It's dangerous

to lie to me, Pothinos.

But, Caesar, I thought it would

be best all around if she...

Then you did lie to me.

So you would match wits

with Caesar?

Oh, no.

All right,

run along now.

The seal, Caesar.

Not yet.

This quarrel with your brother

will be settled in Rome.

That's all. Withdraw.

Come, Majesty.


Before I go,

one word more?

Well? Well?

It seems strange

to see you working.

I've always pictured you

either fighting or loving.

Well, I have had

some experience with fighting.

But none with loving,

I suppose.

Well, none with

pretty little queens.

Oh. That was nice.

And now, with your permission,

I'll go to work again.

The dispatches from Gaul.

What... Oh, run along.

If I leave you now,

I'll be killed.

Pothinos has sworn to kill me.

Pothinos has said that if I ever set

foot in Alexandria again, he'd kill me.

The map of Gaul.


He usually does those things,

you know.

Can't you see I'm busy?


Of course.

Of course I know

you're very busy...

but I thought you might

like to talk about India.

What? What about India?

It's the treasure house of the

East. With enough gold to...

Oh, but you're much too busy. We'll talk

about it tomorrow. If I'm still alive.

What about India?

Well, the road to India

lies through Egypt.

And the Queen of Egypt,

allied with Caesar could...

Why didn't you say that

right away?

My tongue was bewitched

by Caesar.

The man in you seems even

mightier than the general.


Sit down.

Pretty girl. Charming.


Now, what do you know

of India?

Oh, nothing much.


But its gold would pay

Caesar's legions for a century.

Well! Now that's something

to talk about.

Yes, but not here.

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Waldemar Young

Waldemar Young (July 1, 1878 – August 30, 1938) was an American screenwriter. He wrote for 81 films between 1917 and 1938. more…

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