- 1 hr 56 min
Julius Caesar is the 1970 dramatic film that was adapted from William Shakespeare's tragic play. The film focuses on the plot to murder Caesar (John Gielgud), which is led by his trusted friend Brutus (Jason Robards) and carried out by members of the Roman Senate. After a resounding victory over Pompei, the Roman troops led by Julius Caesar return to Rome. Although Caesar is reveling in his victory, he ignores the warning by a fortune teller to "Beware the Ides of March." Unbeknownst to Caesar, a plot within the Roman Senate is brewing against him. Many of his colleagues are envious of his good fortune and popularity among the Roman people. Marcus Brutus is a trusted member of the Senate and Caesar's best friend. Members of the Senate realize that they must manipulate Brutus into believing Caesar to be a weak leader who will eventually lead Rome to ruin. Whispers of the plot to kill Caesar reaches his trusted aides. He refuses to believe the plot to kill him actually exists. Brutus finally caves in due to his strong obligation to Rome and belief in its future. As Caesar enters the Senate chambers, he is stabbed by each member. Much to Caesar's shock, Brutus delivers the final, fatal blow. At Caesar's funeral, Brutus tells the Roman people that he was killed because he was a threat to Rome. Marc Antony (Charlton Heston), who is also a friend of Caesar, dispels Brutus' explanation, which leads to the conspirator's scorn. The plot has now officially backfired and the conspirators must now leave the city or face the people's wrath. In the end, Caesar's murderer's meet violent ends, and three principles emerge, sharing immense power in Rome: Mark Antony, Caesar's nephew Octavius (Richard Chamberlain), and Amelius Lepidus.