Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Alexander the Great (1968)

Director: Phil Karlson

Starring: William Shatner, Adam West, John Cassavetes, Joseph Cotten, Simon Oakland, Bill Arvin, Mike Bradford, Jim Clone, John Doucette, Robert Fortier, Peter Hansen, Jonathan Kidd, Cliff Osmond, Jeff Pomerantz, Ziva Rodann, Clay Tanner

More info: IMDb

Plot: Alexander the Great battles the Persians at Issus as he discovers a plot by one of his trusted warriors to kill him and take his place as leader of the Greeks and the World.


My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Supposedly this was a TV pilot made in 1964 but wasn't fit to air until four years later when both Shatner and West were riding high in the success of their own TV series (BATMAN & STAR TREK).

It's a curiosity piece at best.  Shatner is a mess of fun to watch and Cotten and Cassavetes are great considering.

My biggest disappointment is the lack of Adam West.  He's hardly in it.  It's too bad this wasn't filmed in '68 when both he and Shatner had gone deep into hammy territory.  THAT would be a picture really worth watching.  This one, as it is, is a MUST SEE for any Shatner fan or a fan of any of the actors for that matter.  To everyone else, it's a 52 minute time killer.

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