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Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999)

Astérix & Obélix contre César (original title)
The well-known little village from the Asterix and Obelix-comic books is in trouble: It is the last place not controlled by Rome. When Tax collector Claudius Incorruptus does not get his ... See full summary »

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The well-known little village from the Asterix and Obelix-comic books is in trouble: It is the last place not controlled by Rome. When Tax collector Claudius Incorruptus does not get his money from the villagers, Julius Caesar himself comes to the place to see what's so special about their resistance. A special magic potion, prepared by the village's druid, gives incredible power to those who drink it. And Obelix, who fell into the pot as a child has been invincible ever since. With the help of Tullius Destructivus, an intrigeur, the Romans try to get Obelix and the druid into their hands in order to wipe the little village off the map, when the last potion of it's stock has been used up. But each individual also has some plans of his own... Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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The Gauls are revolting!


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FRF 274,620,000 (estimated)

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$304,245 (USA) (4 June 1999)

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$1,541,000 (USA) (16 July 1999)
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Eventhrough the title of the movie (also in several countries) is called "Asterix and Obelix take on Caesar". the plot is not based on one specific volume of the Asterix-Series but rather features elements from different volumes:
  • The main plot about kidnapping Getafix is most prominently featured in the first book "Asterix the Gaul", adapted also in the movie of the same name.


  • The character Vexatius Sinusitus originally appeared in the volume Nr. 16 "Asterix in Switzerland". The money from the taxman however was stolen in the volume Nr. 13 "Asterix and the Cauldron".


  • The soothsayer is taken from the volume Nr. 19 "Asterix and the Soothsayer", which was partly the source material for the movie "Asterix and the Big Fight". However while in the book and the adaption he is fooling with villagers, in this movie he partly hypnotizes Asterix, which is explained as witchcraft.


  • The Forest of the Carnutes is prominently featured in the volume Nr. 7 "Asterix and the Goths". In both situations Getafix is presenting his magic potion, even-through it is in use for years. And in both scenes Getafix is kidnapped. Also Getafix's druid colleague Florix is mentioned


  • The character Convolvulus is featured in the volume Nr. 15 "Axterix and the Roman Agent". However he has little in common with the original character beside of being a roman agent.


  • The Roman birthday cake for Obelix is taken from the beginning of the book Nr. 25 "Obelix and Co".


  • Falballa and her fiancee are from the volume Nr. 10 "Asterix the Legionary", which was also partly adapted into the movie "Asterix Versus Caesar", In both Obelix is falling in love with her.


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Goofs

Most Roman legionaries are wearing iron helmets and plate armor (lorica segmentata or lorica laminata), which in the time of Julius Caesar were not used by the Roman army yet. Roman soldiers in the Gallic War mainly wore simple bronze helmets and chain-mail armor. See more »

Quotes

Astérix: Look - the Man in the Iron Mask!
Obélix: Have they written that yet?
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This movie is dedicated to René Goscinny See more »

Connections

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She Didn't See Me
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Fairly good adaptation of the comic books
15 April 2001 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I thought this movie was a fairly good adaptation of the work by Uderzo and Goscinny. Of course, the comic books are better and I would read one album probably 10 times before seeing this movie again. But still, this film was entertaining and fun to watch.

The acting was good by Depardieu and Clavier (who's also playing in Les Visiteurs) and Roberto Benigni was very good as the Roman soldier. I also liked Michel Galabru as the chief of the Gaulois. I really like this actor that I came to know after watching the whole series of «Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez» with Louis de Funès, the great French actor.

Two things to end this review. First, the special effects, in this day and age, could have been a lot better. Second, the movie is lacking the subtlety that the comic books have. Verdict: on the way to the video store, stop at the library and get the comic books too. Compare for yourself.

Out of 100, I gave it 75.


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