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Release Date:
11 February 1955 (Belgium) See more »
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Plot:
The rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
Sumptuously mounted, but certainly not a history lesson! See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Désirée" - USA (original title)
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Runtime:
110 min
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2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
Brando decided on doing this movie after having walked away from the lead role in "The Egyptian."See more »
Quotes:
Queen Hedwig:[after Desiree dozes off during a boring concert] I will tell you, my dear daughter, how a Crown Princess of Sweden does not behave. A Crown Princess does *not* fall asleep in public. At court functions, she remains awake and converses, graciously.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Sing Your Song (2011)See more »

FAQ

Audrey Hepburn---Was She Suppose to Play Desiree?
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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Sumptuously mounted, but certainly not a history lesson!, 24 July 2003
Author: Greg Couture from Portland, Oregon

Filmed when CinemaScope's original ratio was still in use by Twentieth's cinematographers and with production values ladled on with an apparently generous budget (though no authentic European locations), "Desiree" is somewhat of a disappointment in many respects. Surprisingly Merle Oberon, as Josephine, remains in my memory as giving a touching (and, of course, glamorous) performance, but virtually everyone else (including Jean Simmons, one of my special favorites) fails to impress. Perhaps the emphasis on recounting the exploits of Napoleon Bonaparte from the perspective of one of his early, and unrequited, romantic conquests is the reason the whole enterprise seems like an undistinguished piece of overstuffed furniture...comfortable but hardly worthy of praise as an artisan's finest achievement. As an entertainment, typical of the Fifties, it was worth the price of admission when first released but I rather doubt that I'll join a chorus requesting Fox Home Entertainment to give this a DVD release in a widescreen format.

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