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Asterix and the Big Fight (1989)

Astérix et le coup du menhir (original title)
The druid is accidentally hit by a menhir thrown by Obelix and loses his mind and memory.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Carel ...
Astérix (voice)
Pierre Tornade ...
Obélix (voice)
Henri Labussière ...
Le devin Prolix (voice)
Henri Poirier ...
Bonnemine (voice)
Roger Lumont ...
Le centurion (voice)
Patrick Préjean ...
Optione (voice)
Edgar Givry ...
Assurancetourix (voice)
Jean-Jacques Cramier ...
Assurancetourix (singing voice)
Yves Barsacq ...
Ordralfabétix (voice)
Gérard Croce ...
Décurion (voice)
Jean Francois Aupied ...
(voice) (as Jean-François Aupied)
Christine Aurel ...
Paul Bisciglia ...
Agecanonix (voice)


When the druid Panoramix is attacked by some roman soldiers, Obelix drives them away by throwing a menhir on them - which accidentally hits Panoramix. After this the druid has lost his memory and can not remember the formula of his magic potions, especially the one which gives superhuman strength. Written by Michael Zink

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The Gauls without the magic potion?! By Toutatis!


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Release Date:

15 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Astérix y el golpe del menhir  »

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1.85 : 1
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There are two English dubs of this film. An American version and a British version. As if 2014, the British version has not been released on DVD. Only the American version is available in the UK. See more »


Obelix: [from the American dub, after a legionary has been blown up like a balloon by an experimental potion] I thought the Romans were going to cut down on inflation.
Asterix: Promises, promises.
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Performed by Budapest States Orchestra
Conducted by Michel Colombier
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Good idea, poor execution
23 June 2002 | by (Canterbury, England) – See all my reviews

The basic idea of mixing two Asterix stories together was not too bad at all: the Romans were a bit too pale and one-dimensional in the original big-fight story and the druid's absence and the resulting threat to the village was underexplained in the original soothsayer story.

However, the result sacrifices most of the satire of either story, aiming at a young kids market (which really isn't the traditional Asterix audience). But it is not just the story - also the animation moved a couple of furlongs towards Disney territory, especially the musical number made me cringe. How can the villagers dance to this bard's singing? It is supposed be painfully abysmal! A nauseatingly bad musical number would have been fine, but the film makers simply didn't dare.

I also could not warm to the English voices. While Brian Blessed put some oomph into his character, he overdoes it, as usual. An example of a scene which required cool understatement was when then the centurio instructed his messenger to Caesar. Blessed speaks it with too much excitement, though 70% of the blame has to go towards the director as the animation is similarly hyperactive at this point.

The English title of the film still sticks with "big fight" which is misleading as the actual fight (the one between Gallic chiefs) is not in the film.

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