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

Director:

(as Sergei Bondarchuk)

Writers:

(story and screenplay), (screenplay collaboration) (as Sergei Bondarchuk) | 1 more credit »
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Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Gordon
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La Bedoyere
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Drouot
Ivo Garrani ...
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De Lancey
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Ponsonby
Sergo Zakariadze ...
Blucher (as Serghej Zakhariadze)
Terence Alexander ...
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

29 October 1970 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Battle of Waterloo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,052,000 (USA)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

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Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"The first co-production between an American studio and what was then the Soviet Union" according to website 'The Spinning Image'. See more »

Goofs

Mountains can be seen in the background during the battle. There are no mountains in this part of Belgium. See more »

Quotes

[the Prussians are preparing to attack]
Field Marshal Gebhard von Blucher: Raise high the black flags, my children. No prisoners. No pity. I will shoot any man I see with pity in him.
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Connections

Featured in War of 1812 (1999) See more »

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User Reviews

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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