Drama (1968) 90 minutes ~ Color, Black & White
Alexander the Great was one of the most extraordinary people in history. King of Macedonia and one of the greatest military leaders of all time, he conquered much of the known world before he was 30 and was dead by the age of 32. In this color presentation set in 330 B.C., we join Alexander and his mighty army marching through Persia on a mission to conquer the world, but there is trouble brewing. Karonos, one of Alexander’s most trusted generals, believes Alexander’s campaign is foolhardy. He plans a coup, after which the war-weary soldiers can head home. Alexander the Great is a noteworthy film as a launching pad for several careers including soon-to-be Captain Kirk, William Shatner, as the man who leads his men into battle. There is a pre-Batman, Adam West as Cleander, Alexander’s right hand man. The turn-coat Karonos is played by John Cassavetes, who would distinguish himself both as an actor and behind the camera as a director. Also on board is an aging Joseph Cotton who, like Alexander, is victimized by the betrayal of Karonos.
Director: Phil Karlson
Writers: Robert Pirosh (created by, story and screenplay), William Robert Yates
Stars: William Shatner, John Cassavetes, Adam West