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Désirée -- In Marseilles, France in 1794, Desiree Clary (Jean Simmons), a young millinery clerk, becomes infatuated with Napoleon Bonaparte (Marlon Brando), but winds up wedding Genaral Jean-Baptiste Berandotte (Michael Rennie), an aid to Napoleon who later joins the forces that bring about the Emperor's downfall.


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Release Date:
11 February 1955 (Belgium) See more »
The rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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one of the best movies that i have ever seen.... See more (25 total) »


  (in credits order)

Marlon Brando ... Napoleon Bonaparte

Jean Simmons ... Désirée Clary

Merle Oberon ... Empress Josephine

Michael Rennie ... Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte

Cameron Mitchell ... Joseph Bonaparte

Elizabeth Sellars ... Julie, Désirée's sister
Charlotte Austin ... Paulette Bonaparte
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Mme. Bonaparte
Evelyn Varden ... Marie
Isobel Elsom ... Mme. Clary, Désirée's mother

John Hoyt ... Talleyrand

Alan Napier ... Despreaux
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Stewart
Louis Borel ... Baron Morner (uncredited)
Sven Hugo Borg ... Aide (uncredited)
Peter Bourne ... Count Brahe (uncredited)
George Brand ... Servant (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Coachman (uncredited)
Larry Crane ... Louis Bonaparte (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... Etienne Clary (uncredited)
Florence Dublin ... Eliza Bonaparte (uncredited)
Edith Evanson ... Queen Hedwig (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Lady of the Court Holding Baby (uncredited)
Richard Garrick ... Count Regnaud (uncredited)
Chief Leonard George ... Pope Pius VII (uncredited)
Jack George ... Piano Teacher (uncredited)
Sam Gilman ... Fouche (uncredited)
A. Cameron Grant ... Montel (uncredited)

Carolyn Jones ... Mme. Tallien (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Josephine's Escort (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Gen. Becker (uncredited)
Marina Koshetz ... Singer (uncredited)
Nicolas Koster ... Oscar, Désirée's son (uncredited)

Kay E. Kuter ... Lackey (uncredited)
David Leonard ... Barras (uncredited)
Judy Lester ... Caroline Bonaparte (uncredited)
Jack Mather ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... Caulaincourt (uncredited)
Dorothy Neumann ... Queen Sofia (uncredited)
Siw Paulsson ... Princess Sofia (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Villager Holding Child (uncredited)
Violet Rensing ... Marie Louise (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Von Essen (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Man at Chaumiers (uncredited)
Richard Van Cleemput ... Lucien Bonaparte (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Koster 
Writing credits
Annemarie Selinko (book)

Daniel Taradash 

Produced by
Julian Blaustein .... producer
Original Music by
Alex North 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner 
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
Art Direction by
Leland Fuller 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox 
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
René Hubert 
Charles Le Maire 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Production Management
Joseph C. Behm .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Eckhardt .... assistant director
Jack Sonntag .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound
John Speak .... boom operator
Ray Bomba .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bob Weatherford .... sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward Cronjager .... location director of photography (uncredited)
Bobby Greene .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Alfred Newman .... composer: waltz (uncredited)
Other crew
Stephen Papich .... choreographer
Prudence Anderson .... assistant: Henry Koster (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Eleanor Johnson .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Carl C. Lengay .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Louis V. Pick .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Elizabeth Woodruff .... assistant: Henry Koster (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
110 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

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Montgomery Clift turned down the part of Napoleon.See more »
Count Brahe:You will enjoy life in Sweden, madame. Stockholm is called the Venice of the north.
Desiree Clary:[Shivering] I prefer the Venice of the south!
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Audrey Hepburn---Was She Suppose to Play Desiree?
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
one of the best movies that i have ever seen...., 26 October 2002
Author: refel ( from baghdad

i saw this film when i was a young boy at the age of 15 it captured a wide area in my mind that i dreamt to see it again and after about 3 years i got the film from a friend and watched it for several times,and since then it was always on my mind for the last ten years...actually the most attractive thing in this movie is the character of Desirée which was a beautiful innocent female that we miss in our days...also the character of bernadotte was very positive and attractive simulating the men of old ages...and finally marlon brando gave the charactor of n.bonaparte its spirit..............

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