In 42 BC, Rome is in the middle of a civil war. Together with his friend Agrippa, the young Augustus goes to Spain in order to help Julius Caesar in his struggle against the troops of Pompey. Caesar honours his adopted son Augustus with a triumphal entry into Rome and then sends him to Greece together with his friends Agrippa and Maecenas. There, Augustus hears the news of Caesar's assassination and he returns to Rome with his friends. Back in Rome, he is able to gain both the support of the people and political power. In his struggle with the conspirators against Caesar he finds an ally in Marc Antony. Augustus and Marc Antony are able to defeat the forces of Brutus and Cassius at the battle of Phillipi. But now Augustus has to share his empire with Marc Antony who, in the meantime, has become the lover of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra. Augustus declares war on both of them and after a successful military campaign he becomes the sole ruler of the Roman Empire. During his rule, Rome not only experiences a period of peace and prosperity, it is also an age in which both art and culture flourish. His new wife Livia Drusilla becomes his most important political advisor. It is she who discovers that Lullus (the son of Marc Antony and lover of Augustus' daughter Julia) is plotting to murder the emperor.
- Augustus: The First Emperor review by Robert
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I didn't like this movie at all. The acting and set was really cheap and unconvincing. Whilst I love historical dramas and delving head first into the environment, I just couldn't do it with this one. Peter O'Toole looked like a Fish out of Water, and I can't think how he let his standards drop by doing this film. Must have been a lot of "dosh" to tempt him. Today's standards in filming are much better than the old ones, but this in my humble opinion, will never reach the "classic" standard in my book!