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Alexander the Great is a 1956 sword and sandal epic film written, directed and produced by Robert Rossen with Gordon S. Griffith as executive producer. It was released by United Artists and starred Richard Burton as Alexander.

Alexander the Great and his father Philip II

Aristotle and Alexander the Great


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The film follows the life of Alexander the Great, the Macedonian king who united all ancient greek city states and led them against the vast Persian Empire. Alexander conquered most of the then known world and created an empire that spanned all the way from the Balkans to India.

Alexander the Great, Battle of Chaeronea (338 BC)

Alexander the Great, Battle of Issus (333 BC)


Richard Burton .... Alexander the Great
Fredric March .... Philip of Macedonia
Claire Bloom .... Barsine
Danielle Darrieux .... Olympias
Barry Jones .... Aristotle
Harry Andrews .... Darius
Stanley Baker .... Attalus
Niall MacGinnis .... Parmenio
Peter Cushing .... Memnon
Michael Hordern .... Demosthenes
Marisa de Leza .... Eurydice
Gustavo Rojo .... Cleitus
Rubén Rojo .... Philotas
Peter Wyngarde .... Pausanias
Helmut Dantine .... Nectenabus
William Squire .... Aeschenes
Friedrich von Ledebur .... Antipater
Virgilio Teixeira .... Ptolemy
Teresa del Río .... Roxane
Julio Peña .... Arsites
José Nieto .... Spithridates
Carlos Baena .... Nearchus
Larry Taylor .... Perdiccas
José Marco .... Harpalus
Ricardo Valle .... Hephaestion
Carmen Carulla .... Stateira
Jesús Luque .... Aristander
Ramsay Ames .... Drunken woman
Ellen Rossen .... Amytis
Carlos Acevedo .... Ochus

Directed by Robert Rossen
Produced by Executive producer:
Gordon Griffith
Robert Rossen
Written by Robert Rossen

Music by Mario Nascimbene
Cinematography Robert Krasker
Theodore J. Pahle
Editing by Ralph Kemplen
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) March 28, 1956
Running time 135 min.
Language English
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