It wouldn't be until two years later that 's adaptation of would help rescue Fox from bankruptcy by becoming.
Much of the blame of the film's failures could be pointed at Taylor's super-diva personality, her health issues, her and Burton's adulterous affair, and the studio's inadequate management.
Cleopatra marked the only instance that a film would be the highest-grossing film of a year while still losing money, thus establishing it as, at the time,.
It is the second adaptation of 's after the and musical , the first cinematic adaptation of the novel, and the 13th film adaptation of the legend of.
Its staggering production costs nearly bankrupted and the adulterous affair between Taylor and Burton made the publicity even worse.
It is an instant success with both audiences and critics and becomes the biggest moneymaker for since.
The film's terrible reception harmed the reputation of director , who had an esteemed career for directing classics like , , , , , and.