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Waterloo (I) (1970)

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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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Rupert Davies ...
Gordon
Philippe Forquet ...
La Bedoyere
Gianni Garko ...
Drouot
Ivo Garrani ...
Marshal Soult
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De Lancey
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Colonel Sir William Ponsonby
Sergo Zakariadze ...
Blucher (as Serghej Zakhariadze)
Terence Alexander ...
Lord Uxbridge
Andrea Checchi ...
Sauret
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The Men, the Battle, The Glory, The World Will Remember Forever See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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Release Date:

29 October 1970 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Waterloo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When filming Napoleon's abdication speech producer Dino De Laurentiis ordered the cameraman not to load a new reel of film in order to save costs. The film ran out before Rod Steiger had finished delivering this highly emotional speech. The actor was not pleased. See more »

Goofs

When the Prussians are first seen advancing through the wheat field the wheat in front of them is trampled down (presumably from pevious takes of the shot or the route they took to get onto the other side of the hill) See more »

Quotes

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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Amazing Waterloo
23 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is no need to extol the virtues of this movie. Probably the greatest war film ever made with superb period detail, the movie has always suffered from poor distribution. There was a VHS edition in the 1980s but it seems unlikely that it will make it onto DVD in the US. There is a British edition which has about 10 additional minutes over the earlier US VHS version. Somewhere there is an original Russian version that is rumored to contain well over 3 hours of footage. Perhaps these missing scenes fill in more the Prussian involvement in the battle, and may include their earlier defeat at Ligny which the movie only briefly shows as an aftermath scene. The same is true with the British at Quartre Bras. Some day maybe a directors cut will show these deleted scenes. Until then Waterloo shall remain an incomplete classic! Still, as it is the movie is a feast for all students of warfare in this period. Everything is accurate down to uniforms, military music, and weapons.


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