Release Date: November 24, 2004

Do you think it's accidental that I look like George W. Bush in this film?

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116/133 Dan Krovich It's scary that at this ranking it was a lot better than I was expecting
126/126 Kim Hollis Just terrible.

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Alexander the Great is a remarkable figure in ancient history, and one whose story has not often been told on the silver screen. By his mid-20s, Alexander had conquered nearly all of the known world of his time, using the top-notch military created by his father, King Philip, and uniting the varied factions under one rule. His achievement is unique in history, and not only facilitated the future spread of Greek culture, but also the expansion of the Roman Empire when it came to power, and ultimately the dissemination of Christianity. Alexander the Great died at the age of 33, quite young even for that time period, but he had accomplished far more in his short lifetime than many who came after him did in twice that.

This Oliver Stone-directed film, one of two projects on Alexander the Great that will hit theatres in the next two years, will concentrate mainly on Alexander's eight years of warfare waged in his efforts to conquer the known world. It will also examine the relationship between Alexander and his boyhood pal and battle comrade Hephaestion, and knowing Stone’s tendency to...shall we say embellish the facts and make history more colorful, this should be quite an intriguing portion of the script. Historians may already be having nightmares.

Given that the film is slated for a late-in-the-year release, it will likely be set up as Oscar bait, and thus should see a great deal of hype from Warner Bros prior to opening. But the more fascinating angle from an audience standpoint will likely be the relative freshness of the material, for though Alexander the Great is an historical figure known to every schoolchild, he has been largely ignored by Hollywood, and it will be interesting to see how his biography fares as a big-budget studio production. (Stephanie Star Smith/BOP)

September 8, 2003
Man. Maybe it's just me, but it seems like Val Kilmer's agent has suddenly woken up after sleeping off a four-martini lunch and has really started busting his ass to get Val some work. Following on the heels of the recent announcement that Val would be joining the high-profile Tom Cruise project Collateral, now it's being reported that he's signed on to play Philip, the Macedonian king in Oliver Stone's Alexander project. Kilmer will play Colin Farrell's father(?!) and Angelina Jolie's husband. (Holy cats. Talk about your psycho-sexual Manson family reunions.) (Jennifer Turnock/BOP)

Vital statistics for Alexander
Main Cast Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, Rosario Dawson, Val Kilmer
Supporting Cast Jared Leto, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Rory McCann
Director Oliver Stone
Screenwriter Christopher Kyle, Oliver Stone
Distributor Warner Bros.
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating R
Running Time 176 minutes
Screen Count 2,350
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

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Braveheart * 5/26/9512.91 17.89 2035 6344.00 8458.7 75.59 104.78 5.65
Rob Roy 4/14/957.19 9.96 1521 4727.00 6302.7 31.39 43.51 3.81
JFK 12/20/915.22 7.47 1164 4485.00 6178.9 70.41 100.84 13.49
Glory * 2/16/902.68 3.82 801 3346.00 4598.8 26.59 37.99 4.86
Nixon * 12/22/952.21 3.06 514 4300.00 5733.3 13.67 18.94 5.88



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