The Horseman on the Roof (1995)
"Le hussard sur le toit" (original title)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance  |  6 October 1995 (USA)
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In a time of war and disease, a young officer gallantly tries to help a young woman find her husband.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pauline de Théus
Angelo Pardi
Monsieur Peyrolle
The Doctor
Le Colporteur
The Tutor
Carlo Cecchi ...
Christiane Cohendy ...
Madame Peyrolle
Jacques Sereys ...
The old man
Nathalie Krebs ...
Madame Barthelemy
Laura Marinoni ...
The farmer's wife
Madame Rigoard
Christophe Odent ...
Monsieur Barthelemy


In 1832, cholera ravages Provence (South of France). After several misadventures, Angelo, young Italian officer hunted by the Austrian secret police, meets Pauline de Theus, a young lady. After a second accidental meeting, both will start the search of Pauline's husband in a chaotic country. Written by Remy Amouroux <>

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Their only chance for survival was each other.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Horseman on the Roof  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,839,000 (USA) (12 July 1996)


$1,877,179 (USA) (19 July 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jean-Paul Rappeneauspent over a year searching for a suitable male lead. Olivier Martinez had to audition several times before he landed the part. See more »


Angelo: My mother is a duchess who talks only of revolution.
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Referenced in Armageddon (1997) See more »

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Focus is genius.
26 February 2000 | by (The Berkshires) – See all my reviews

I found this film to be excellent. Though I am a student of history, I really do not know all the details regarding this episode of the freeing of Italy from Austrian authoritarianism. Though interesting, the historical aspect of the movie was not that important to me. It was a highly enjoyable adventure film that could have been placed in lots of different historical times.

Besides being a great adventure film it masterfully dealt with a most wide range of emotions. There were many undertones and harmonics dealing with fear, desperation, horror, escape, passion, love, honor and divine, or natural, justice.

What was so fascinating to me was how the movie showed the power of freedom, courage and focus. The protagonist was raised by his mother (a most curiously powerful presence in this movie even though we never see or hear her)to be independent and freedom loving and this movie shows how strong and almost invincible this makes him because he believes it and lives it with all his heart. All around him the world is literally falling apart and going mad from fear and disease and yet, by neither railing against it nor taking on these thoughts, he triumphs with his will to live and being true to his own vision at all times.

And as an added bonus, the visual artistry of this movie, from the titles all the way to the end is beautiful to behold. The scenery, costumes, sets, actors, camera angles and etc. are all brilliantly satisfying. The movie was a joy to see.

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