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The Horseman on the Roof (1995)

Le hussard sur le toit (original title)
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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 <Remy.Amouroux@imag.fr>

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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?


Shot over a period of four and a half months in 50 different locations. See more »


Angelo: My mother is a duchess who talks only of revolution.
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Beautiful, but scattered
20 May 2001 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Juliette Binoche and Olivier Martinez look great, and they throw themselves enthusiastically into their roles. They do have a certain chemistry together, but the film devotes much more attention to the effects of the French cholera epidemic in 1832 on the countryside. The plot that kicks off the story rather dramatically is that of the assassination plots against Italian nationalists by Austrians who'd like to take over northern Italy. The end of the movie, however, reveals the true focus of the story. I wish that the majority of the movie was devoted to that story.

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