Caesar (Part 1/Part 2) (2003)
Christopher Walken ,
Chris Noth ,
His ambition knew no bounds. His military command became legendary. His arrogance would lead to his betrayal. TNT's Original miniseries CAESAR tells the remarkable story of one of the most powerful leaders in history and the men who ultimately betrayed him. This sweeping epic features an all-star cast, including Jeremy Sisto (Six Feet Under) in the title role, the late Academy Award®-nominated actor Richard Harris (The Field), Academy Award® winner Christopher Walken (The Deerhunter, Pulp Fiction), Golden Globe® nominee Chris Noth (Sex and the City) and Valeria Golino (Rain Man).
The four-hour miniseries is a co-production of TNT, The DeAngelis Group and Five Mile River Films, along with Victory Media Group. Uli Edel (TNT's The Mists of Avalon and Purgatory; The Little Vampire) directs from a script by Peter Pruce and Craig Warner. Lorenzo Minoli (Jesus; TNT's Emmy Award-winning Joseph), Guido de Angelis (The Magnificent Ambersons) and Russell Kagan (Jesus; Nicholas' Gift) are the executive producers. Shot on location in Malta and Bulgaria, CAESAR will premiere on TNT on Sunday, June 29, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) and conclude on Monday, June 30, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).
Sisto plays Julius Caesar; Noth portrays Roman general Pompey; Harris plays Sulla, the tyrannical commander-inchief of the Roman army; Walken plays outspoken Roman senator Cato; and Golino plays Caesar's wife, Calpurnia.
A genius statesman, orator, writer and general, Julius Caesar changed the course of Greco-Roman history decisively and irreversibly. He was politically ambitious, amassing power through military victories, marriage and propaganda. Traveling far beyond the borders of the Roman Empire, his circle included some of history's most amazing figures┐Mark Antony, Cleopatra and Marcus Brutus. While he did not hesitate to slaughter his foreign enemies, Caesar was well known as a champion of social reforms that benefited the "everyman" in Rome and for his magnanimous treatment of defeated political Roman opponents. This, coupled with his blind ambition and arrogance against the traditional senate, ultimately led to his assassination by a group of nobles, including Brutus, in the Senate House on the Ides of March.
Unlike Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar and many films that have focused on the latter part of his life, TNT's epic tale begins when Caesar is a young man, opposed to the tyrannical dictatorship of Sulla. Refusing Sulla's demand to divorce his wife, Cornelia, whose family had ties to the Popular faction, Caesar flees Rome. Upon Sulla's death several years later, Caesar returns home and aligns himself with Pompey, the virtual head of the Popular party, in order to further his vision for the empire. But as the years go by, Caesar and Pompey's political aspirations and dreams clash. When Pompey's marriage to Caesar's daughter Julia ends in tragedy, there is little to bond them together.
Considered a military hero and champion of the people, Caesar arouses Pompey's jealousy of his successful conquests in Gaul. The two men become archrivals, and Pompey turns the Senate against Caesar. But Caesar refuses the Senate's demands to turn over his troops, and civil war breaks out. Caesar's conquest is swift, and Pompey escapes to Egypt where he is assassinated upon arrival. Caesar returns to Rome in triumph and becomes Dictator for life, resulting in resentment
among those who think he has abused his power and ultimately leading to his demise.