Carry On Cleo

Carry On Cleo

Gerald Thomas (1964)

91min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Mercilessly mocking Elizabeth Taylor's disastrous Cleopatra, this corking ancient history lesson was filmed at Pinewood on the very same sets and sees the Carry On team at the peak of its powers. It's hard to know where to start lavishing the praise. The puns have never been better ("infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me!") and the sets are positively luxuriant despite being second-hand. Amanda Barrie is exquisitely dippy in the title role, and Kenneth Connor and Jim Dale do well as the Britons in the imperial guard. But topping them all are Sid James's lecherous Mark Antony and Kenneth Williams's snivelling Caesar.

Summary

A captured Briton is mistaken for a heroic swordsman and promoted to the Roman Royal Guard, with orders to protect Julius Caesar. But the last thing he and the fated emperor expect is an assassination attempt from within Caesar's own circle of friends. Comedy, starring Amanda Barrie, Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Kenneth Connor, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey and Joan Sims.

Cast & Crew

Julius Caesar Kenneth Williams
Mark Anthony Sid James
Horsa Jim Dale
Cleopatra Amanda Barrie
Seneca Charles Hawtrey
Calpurnia Joan Sims
Henghist Pod Kenneth Connor
Sergeant Major Victor Maddern
Senna Pod Sheila Hancock
Soothsayer Jon Pertwee
Director Gerald Thomas
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Anglo AmalgamatedAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy