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Waterloo (1970)

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


(as Sergei Bondarchuk)


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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ivo Garrani ...
Sergo Zakariadze ...
Blucher (as Serghej Zakhariadze)
Terence Alexander ...


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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One incredible afternoon Napoleon met Wellington . . . at Waterloo. See more »


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Release Date:

29 October 1970 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Battle of Waterloo  »

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Sound Mix:

| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


There has been a myth that a Russian version of this film ran for almost four hours. According to an article written by the film's editor and associate producer Richard C. Meyer, the longest cut is the 132 minute version. This has been confirmed by Vladimir Dostal, the film's First Assistant Director and later the head of Mosfilm in Moscow. Dostal says that they only have the 132m version in their vaults and no longer 4 hour version ever existed. The myth may derive from an earlier part of Meyer's article when he states that the rough cut was four hours long, which was not unusual for a film of this scope and scale, but after much discussion the present length was agreed on. He also says he, stupidly, didn't make a dupe of this rough cut, a usual process in post production. So this 'cut' will never see the light of day. It is clear from the cast list that many characters were cut. The film was planned as a Road Show release, but by 1970, the practice had lost favor with the studios. Columbia Pictures also shortened Cromwell (1970) for the same reason. Richard Heffer who plays a major featured role in the film says the script as filmed was much longer than the film that came out and that many of the cast had huge chunks of their roles deleted. See more »


Despite all the pre-battle talk of mud, the ground at Waterloo is very dry, except for small areas that were clearly prepared for the cameras. 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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A film epic never to be forgotten ............................
15 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

"Waterloo" is a film epic, with epic performances from Rod Steiger as Napoleon, and Christopher Plummer as Lord Wellington. The battle scenes are historic, with tens of thousands of extra's and not a hint of any c.g.i.. The calvary charges in "Waterloo" surpass any battle spectacle I have ever seen. I love "Gettysburg" (1993), however the magnitude of the battle in "Waterloo" makes the charge in "Gettysburg" seem like a minor skirmish. If "Waterloo" has a weakness, it concerns the lack of character development in the supporting cast. Although Rod Steiger and Christopher Plummer are well developed, the rest of the soldiers come across simply as pawns on a chess board. Highly recommended. - MERK

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