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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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Pauline de Théus
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Angelo Pardi
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Monsieur Peyrolle
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The Doctor
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Maggionari
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Giuseppe
Christiane Cohendy ...
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Jacques Sereys ...
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Carla
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Christophe Odent ...
Monsieur Barthelemy
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Storyline

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.


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

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6 October 1995 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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

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$1,877,179 (USA) (19 July 1996)
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Olivier Martinez learned to fence, ride a horse and speak Italian for the film. See more »

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Angelo: My mother is a duchess who talks only of revolution.
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excellent adventure
27 November 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a 19th century story that is strongly reminiscent of a "knight in shining armor" story of long, long ago. The handsome hero is both committed to his cause of freeing Italy from Austrian rule AND protecting his lady from all harm--even when she stupidly blunders into it on a couple occasions. From start to finish, this is an excellent historical "chick flick" and is likely to excite the passions of many female viewers, but I am a guy (at least the last time I checked) and I STILL enjoyed it. The acting was excellent and the cinematography outstanding. About the only minor problem with the film was the occasional stupid behaviors by the female lead (Binoche). A couple times, she just seemed too stupid to live--but, of course, the handsome hero came to her rescue.

An excellent film, but a little disturbing due to its graphic depiction of plague victims. Plus, with a little nudity towards the end of the film (it was explicit but not gratuitous), this is NOT a film for the kids.


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