• Publication date: September 25, 2011

There is no limit to his ambitions Alexander: Fortune favors the bold

"Alexander" movie is based on the biography of Alexander the Great, the Macedonian King of Macedonia who managed to conquer almost the whole world known to the Ancient Greeks.

"Alexander" movie is based on the biography of Alexander the Great, the Macedonian King of Macedonia who managed to conquer almost the whole world known to the Ancient Greeks.

The storyline begins in 356 BC with Ptolemy I Soter, who narrates the story throughout the film. In lavish sets and images Oliver Stone, writer of the film, shows his vision of Alexander's daily life in the court of his father, Philip, and portraying the strained relationship between his parents.

Alexander grows up together with his mother Olympias and his tutor Aristotle where he finds interest in love, honor, music, exploration, poetry and military combat.

Thereafter Philip is assassinated and Alexander becomes king of Greece, including Macedon.

After a brief mentioning of his punitive razing of Thebes and burning of Persepolis, Ptolemy gives an overview of

Alexander's west Persian campaign, including his declaration to be the son of Zeus by the Oracle of Amun at Siwa Oasis, his great battle against the Persian Emperor Darius III in the Battle of Gaugamela, and his eight year campaign at Hydaspes against Porus in India (now Pakistan), both of which are shown in the film.

The plot also illustrates Alexander's private relationship with his childhood friend, Hephaistion (Patrick Carroll), and later his wife Roxanna until his death.

"Alexander" was a huge failure at the American box office, grossing only $34 million domestically, while costing $155 million to produce. It did better internationally, however, grossing a total of $133 million in overseas revenues.

The movie won two world class awards and was nominated for 9 more awards.

The film is rated R for violence and some sexuality and nudity.

Year: 2004

Runtime: 175 mins

Genre: Action/Adventure/Drama/Romance

Starring:

Colin Farrell

Angelina Jolie

Val Kilmer

Anthony Hopkins

Jared Leto

Rosario Dawson

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Rory McCann

Gary Stretch

Directed by: Oliver Stone