The life and times of Augustus Caesar are brought to the screen in this made-for-television historical epic. After assisting Julius Caesar in a string of military campaigns, Augustus is adopted by the Roman leader, and when Brutus and Cassius kill Julius, Augustus joins forces with Marc Antony to rid them and their associates of the Roman leadership. As Augustus becomes Rome's new and uncontested leader, he falls for the beautiful Livia and is forced to turn against Marc Antony on the field of battle. While Rome enjoys a period of wealth and progress, Livia becomes politically ambitious and Augustus finds he has become the center of an assassination plot. Augustus stars Peter O'Toole and Charlotte Rampling, who respectively portray the mature Augustus and Livia. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Peter O'Toole can't help but over-act ... after all, the title character is one of the most notable humans in history. This is, however, a very well edit'ed adaptation of the history of Rome's first emperor. It offers additional insights into the events surrounding the life of Caesar Augustus. Don't expect too much 'swords and sandals' here, though; this adaptation is more cerebral than full of action.
Worth viewing if you enjoy stories of Roman Empire politics and power hungry families. Some of the historical details may not be accurate, but they are depicted close enough to allow this to be a believable perspective of some of the most written about events in the Roman Empire time period of Caesar Augustus. Its a bit long but at least you dont have to sit through TV commercials and you can always take a break where one was.