Facing the decline of everything he has worked to obtain, conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte and his army confront the British at the Battle of Waterloo.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Davies ...
La Bedoyere
Ivo Garrani ...
De Lancey
Colonel Sir William Ponsonby
Sergo Zakariadze ...
Blucher (as Serghej Zakhariadze)
Terence Alexander ...
Andrea Checchi ...


After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him. The best of the British generals, the Duke of Wellington, beat Napolean's best generals in Spain and Portugal, but has never faced Napoleon. Wellington stands between Napoleon with a makeshift Anglo-Allied army and the Prussians. A Napoleon victory will plunge Europe back into a long term war. An allied victory could bring long term peace to Europe. The two meet at Waterloo where the fate of Europe will be decided. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Waterloo. The battle that changed the face of the world. See more »


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Release Date:

29 October 1970 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Battle of Waterloo  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actor Terence Alexander, who played Lord Uxbridge, has said that Russian intelligence organization the KGB were monitoring non-Russian cast members throughout the production. See more »


Fred Jackson, who is present at the Duke of Richmond's Ball, but does not have a speaking part, is listed as the Prince of Brunswick in the credits. There never was a "prince" of Brunswick, but there was a duke, and he was 43 at the time of Waterloo (he was to be KIA at the battle of Quatres-Bras, two days before Waterloo, on June 16 at the age of 43 leading the small Brunswick corps). Jackson portrays a much younger man wearing the uniform of Willem, Prince of Orange (the crown prince of the Netherlands). The Prince of Orange was present at the ball and was on Wellington's staff as commander of the I Corps, and also commander-in-chief of all Netherlands forces. See more »


Duke of Wellington: The whole line will advance.
Lord Uxbridge: In which direction your grace?
Duke of Wellington: Why, straight ahead to be sure.
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Featured in War of 1812 (1999) See more »

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Waterloo released in the UK on DVD
6 February 2002 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

I understand that Waterloo has been released in the UK on DVD without the extra footage, just the same as on the VHS version, but not in the USA, (Our DVD players will not play it.

I have the soundtrack on 33 /3 LP, the march "La Vielle Garde" in English "The Old Guard" or "March of the Guard" is featured, very beautiful album. Also the famous drumbeat of the Napoleonic army "passe de charge"

This film portrays the battle as accurately as any film ever has and there will never be another made like it, no computer troops were used, if you see 10 thousand soldiers they were actually there...Bondarchuk has the whole Russian army at his disposal as it was partly a Soviet Mosfilm production.

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