Movie Narrative: Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut

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            Alexander Revisited:  The Final Cut is an unrated movie.  Furthermore, it is 3 hours and 34 minutes long.  This movie is categorized under the action, adventure, war and biography genre.  The official release date is November 24th, 2004.  The release date is for the Country of the United States of America.  Additionally, this feature film is an extended version.  The original feature film is, Alexander (2004).  There is one more extended version, which was released.  The title is, Alexander:  Director’s Cut.  Incidentally, this particular movie title, does have an alternate title.  The previous is, Alexander:  The Ultimate Cut.  Interestingly, extended versions do share the same release date, as the originally released movie.  The director was Oliver Stone.  The writers were Oliver Stone, Christopher Kyle and Laeta Kalogridis.  The officially recognized stars of Alexander Revisited:  The Final Cut; were Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins and Rosario Dawson.  The list of the 19 most important cast members is as follows:
  • Anthony Hopkins (Old Ptolemy).
  • David Bedella (Scribe).
  • Jessie Kamm (Alexander as a Child).
  • Colin Farrell (Alexander).
  • Jared Leto (Hephaistion).
  • Elliot Cowan (Ptolemy).
  • Rosario Dawson (Roxane).
  • Angelina Jolie (Olympias).
  • Val Kilmer (Philip).
  • Fiona O’Shaughnessy (Nurse).
  • Connor Paolo (Young Alexander).
  • Patrick Caroll (Young Hephaistion).
  • Brian Blessed (Wrestling Trainer).
  • Peter Williamson (Young Nearchus).
  • Morgan Christopher Ferris (Young Cassander).
  • Robert Earley (Young Ptolemy).
  • Aleczander Gordon (Young Perdiccas).
  • Christopher Plummer (Aristotle).
  • Gary Stretch (Cleitus).

            The synopsis follows.  Alexander Revisited:  The Final Cut is a timeless classic movie, about, the youngest ruler of the known world.  At 20 years old, Alexander the Great becomes the ruler of Macedonia, Greece.  At 25 years old, Alexander the Great officially defeats King Darius of Persia, and becomes, the King of the known world.  After King Darius’s death; Alexander decides to continue, and, he decides to finish the hunt for Darius’s commanders.  The hunt takes the King of the known world, to the place where Europe and Asia meet.  From this point, Alexander decides to break the boundaries, of conventional thought and wisdom.  The journey continues, and, Alexander’s army marches into India.  Bringing light to a dark map; Alexander successfully enters India, and, he expands the boundaries of the known world.  Alexander isn’t finished from here.  In fact, his ambitions drive him to continue marching, towards the ocean.  However and regrettably, during a battle against a native tribe, Alexander encounters catastrophe for the first time in his life.  He is almost killed.  His army is barley able to rescue him, and, pull him out of the battlefield.  At this point Alexander decides to end the journey, and, he returns to Babylon; one of the centers of his empire.  Director, Oliver Stone, does an exceptional job.  Additionally, Mr. Stone successfully adds a lot of depth, to the story of Alexander.  This extended version does include the story of Alexander as a boy, and, Alexander as a young man.  The life inside Macedonia’s palace, along with, its politics are portrayed in a captivating way.  Finally, this movie is not exclusive to the army marching to the east.  The writers do an equally fantastic job.  All of the characters have depth to them.  Additionally, the writers were able to write authentic characters that, transport the viewer to a different time and place.  The officially recognized stars add a lot of charm, and, they make this movie a classic.  Special recognition is merited to Anthony Hopkins, for an exceptional Old Ptolemy.  Old Ptolemy fantastically narrates this story, and, it could not exist without Anthony Hopkins.  Overall, Alexander Revisited:  The Final Cut earns the rating of 9 out of 10.
            The movie narrative of, Alexander Revisited:  The Final Cut, is as follows.  In ancient Babylon; Alexander the Great is lying in bed, and, he is dying.  He is also surrounded, by all of the important people of his army and empire.  They start to ask him, for the order of succession.  The scene changes, and, it is Alexandria Egypt 40 years later; around the year 285 B.C.  Old Ptolemy starts to narrate the story.  He is also the last person alive, from the days of Alexander the Great.  Old Ptolemy starts to narrate, the story of Alexander’s father.  The Greek City States were governed for 100 years, by the Persian Empire.  In turn, the Greeks were their mercenary soldiers.  Philip organized sheepherders, into an army that, fought the Greeks who favored the Persians.  Philip is murdered, and at 20 years old, Alexander is the new ruler of Macedonia.  In revenge for his father’s death, Alexander travels south to Egypt, fighting the Persian Empire every step of the way.  In Egypt; Alexander is named Pharaoh of Egypt, and, he is worshipped as a God.  From Egypt, Alexander moves toward the center of the Persian Empire; Babylon.  The scene changes, and, it is Gaugamela Persia; 45 years earlier.  The year is believed to be 331 B.C.  Darius, is the King of the Persian Empire.  Alexander is preparing for battle against the Persian Army.  The Persians have favorable numbers that are 5 to 1.  Additionally, Alexander is having difficulty convincing the leaders of his army.  Alexander blames Darius, and the Persians, for the murder of his father.  Hephaistion and Alexander, pass the eve of the battle together.  King Darius, is present at the Persian Army’s side.  The battle starts, and, there are dramatic scenes of combat.  Alexander and his army, are able to, break the formations of the Persian Army.  Additionally; Alexander fights in the battle, and, he almost kills King Darius.  King Darius quickly escapes, from the battlefield.  After the battle, Alexander walks amongst the wounded soldiers.  Old Ptolemy narrates that, the Persian Army was destroyed, and at 25, Alexander became the King of everything.  The scene changes, and, it is Pella Macedonia; 20 years earlier.  Alexander as a boy, is passing time with his mother.  Alexander’s mother is named Olympias, or, Queen Olympias.  Olympias believes that, Alexander is the son of Zeus.  One night, Alexander’s father almost rapes his mother in front of him.  7 years later, Alexander is being trained for battle as a child.  Additionally, Hephaistion is his mate during the training.  Alexander is also taught by Aristotle.  Aristotle teaches Alexander, and the other boys of the nobility, about traveling to India.  Then, he teaches about traveling back up the Nile River, in order, to conquer the known world.  King Philip, starts to plan the invasion of Persia.  King Philip puts on a market for horses, and at the market, Alexander is in attendance with his mother.  During the market; Alexander tames a wild horse, and, his father buys the horse for him.  King Philip takes Alexander, to the caves at Pella.  At the caves, Philip teaches Alexander, the myths of Ancient Greece.  The myths are drawings on the walls of the caves.  Each drawing represents its own story.  The scene changes, it is Babylon Persia; 13 years later.  The year is 331 B.C.  Alexander walks through the Palace of Babylon, with the other leaders of Macedonia.  The group finds an indoor garden, where, Darius kept women and boys.  At the indoor garden; Alexander discovers a boy, and, he becomes attracted to him.  The boy speaks their language.  The boy’s name is Bagoas, and, he now belongs to Alexander.  Princess Stateira, of Persia, goes to the indoor garden to speak to Alexander.  Stateira is the eldest daughter of King Darius.  Alexander lets Stateira and her family, along with her other relatives, live in the palace until the day they die.  The scene changes; Alexander is a young man, and, he is with his mother.  All of the boys, have become grown men.  The scene changes, and, Alexander is in Babylon with Hephaistion.  The scene changes; it is Northeastern Persia, and, it is 329-327 B.C.  Old Ptolemy narrates, the chase to capture Darius.  The chase, oddly enough, is a guerrilla war that lasted for 3 years.  Finally; they find Darius dead, and, they believe that he was betrayed by his own commanders.  In turn, Alexander starts to chase the commanders.  Additionally, Alexander and his army chase the Persian commanders, to where Europe meets Asia.  They arrive at a place called Balkh, Bactria.  Here and at this place, Alexander establishes his 10th Alexandria.  In Balkh, Alexander marries a barbarian woman named, Roxane.  Balkh, Bacteria, is a land of tribes.  Alexander holds a celebration, with the various tribes.  After the celebration, Hephaistion gives Alexander a ring as a gift.  Additionally, Alexander and Hephaistion hug.  Roxane enters the room, and, she sees everything.  Roxane becomes angry at, Alexander.  In turn, Alexander starts to rape Roxane.  He stops and Roxane, almost kills him.  Roxane doesn’t kill him this night.  The scene changes, and, it is Macedonia; ten years earlier.  King Philip has a new woman, and, she is pregnant.  Olympias was watching her arrival; incidentally.  Additionally, Alexander is also in the room.  Olympias believes that, Alexander will be pushed out of the palace.  Olympias tells Alexander that, Zeus is his father.  The scene changes, and, it is Sogdia Northeast Persia; 10 years later.  One morning, there is an attempt to poison and kill, Alexander.  The poison was placed in a drink.  Fascinatingly, the boy that handed him the drink, quickly confesses his part in the assassination attempt.  The boy reveals the name of his supervisor, in the assassination plot.  The boy’s supervisor, kills himself before he is apprehended.  The rest of the group, is collected and taken to see, Alexander.  Philotas appears to be, at the top of the conspiracy chain.  Philotas is the son of Parmenion.  Everyone involved in the conspiracy against Alexander, is condemned to execution.  Additionally, Alexander orders Parmenion’s assassination.  The problem is, or was, that Parmenion controls 20,000 soldiers.  Parmenion also protects the supply lines.  Alexander progresses his relationship with Bagoas, and, he sleeps with him.  The scene changes, and, it is Macedonia 9 years earlier.  Philip holds a big celebration, to honor his new woman.  It is revealed during the celebration that, King Philip, is officially married to the woman.  The woman’s uncle, during a speech, says something about legitimate sons.  Alexander becomes angry, and, he starts a fight with him.  Other members of the nobility, join him in the fight.  King Philip stops the fight, and, he makes Alexander apologize.  Alexander refuses, and, he is expelled from the kingdom.  The scene changes, it is Hindu Kush; 10 years later.  Alexander is informed that, there is no way through the mountains.  Additionally, there is only a passage to the south and into India.  Alexander decides to continue, and, the army enters India.  In India, they encounter primitive human beings.  During a celebration, Alexander kisses Bagoas in public.  Roxane is present, and, she becomes angry.  As a result of the kiss, she wants to return to Babylon.  After the celebration, Alexander has a dramatic altercation, with a member of the leadership.  Additionally, Alexander kills him in front of the others.  Alexander starts to feel sorrow, for his actions.  The scene changes, and, it is Macedonia 9 years earlier.  A big celebration for King Philip, is occurring.  Alexander is with him, and, Philip has plans for the war against Persia.  King Philip starts to speak to the public, which is present, when he is assassinated.  Hephaistion quickly raises Alexander’s hand, as the new king.  The assassin is quickly apprehended and killed.  The crown, is placed on Alexander’s head.  The scene changes, and, it is 9 years later in India.  Alexander is holding a meeting, with the leadership of the army.  The army wants to return to Babylon, or, home to Macedonia.  Alexander wants to continue moving forward.  After the meeting, Alexander kills the soldiers that, went against him.  The army continues marching forward.  The army, has to fight a battle against a native tribe.  The native tribe starts the battle, by attacking with elephants.  Alexander, is leading a Calvary attack against the elephants.  The Calvary stops advancing, and irregardless of which, Alexander continues to attack without the Calvary.  The attack fails, and, Alexander is almost killed.  The army advances and takes Alexander, out on a shield; wounded.  The scene changes, and, it is 9 years earlier in Macedonia.  After King Philip’s assassination, Alexander meets with his mother.  Additionally, Alexander confronts his mother, about being behind the assassination.  Alexander’s mother reveals that, she is behind the assassination.  Additionally, she also reveals that, Parmenion is on their side.  Alexander is also told that, he has to finish the assassination and kill, several more people.  The scene changes, and, it is 9 years later in India.  Alexander announces that, the army is going home.  The army marches towards Babylon, when unexpectedly, the march becomes a catastrophe.  From this point forward; the series of events, take the viewer, to the end.  Finally; you have to watch, in order to know, how this movie ends.
            The movie narrative of the feature film, Alexander Revisited:  The Final Cut, ends with some Hollywood facts.  The countries of origin are Germany, United States of America, Netherlands, France, United Kingdom and Italy.  The official language is English.  There is one other notable release date.  Incidentally, all extended versions, have a release date of September 21, 2007.  The one other notable release date, is for the Country of the United States of America.  The notable release date is October 12th, 2014 (Chicago International Film Festival).  There are 14 filming locations, in total, for this feature film.  The filming locations include the following countries; Germany, United Kingdom/Britain, Morocco and Thailand.  There are also two studios that are noteworthy, and, are included as filming locations.  The studios are:  Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire, England, UK/Britain and Shepperton Studios, Surrey, England, UK/Britain.  There is box office data for this movie.  The original budget is estimated at, $155 million USD.  On its opening weekend, this movie made $13,687,087 dollars.  This movie is closed in theaters on January 28, 2005.  The gross profits, that are reported, are $34,293,771 USD.  The production companies are Warner Bros., Intermedia Films, Pacifica Film, Egmond Film & Television, France 3 Cinema, IMF Internationale Medien und Film GmbH & Co. 3. Produktions KG, Pathe Renn Productions and W.R. Universal Group.  There are several distributors for this particular movie.  Some of the distributors include the following; Intermedia, Warner Bros. (U.S.A.), A-Film Distribution (Netherlands), Constantin Film (Germany), Highlight Film (Germany), Iris (Italy), Nordisk Film (Sweden), Paradise Group (Russia) and Warner Home Video (U.S.A.).
            To end and as always, RB28’s Movie Narratives, encourages you to continue reading the posted movie narratives.  The aforementioned blog strives to provide basic information, so that it, becomes inspiration.  Movies are a great pleasure to RB28’s Movie Narratives, and, the blog’s author hopes that they are for you as well.  For this week, and in conclusion, the feature film was Alexander Revisited:  The Final Cut.  RB28’s Movie Narratives looks forward to seeing you next week, when another movie will be highlighted.


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