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Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999)
"Astérix & Obélix contre César" (original title)

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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 ... 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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FRF 274,620,000 (estimated)

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

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$1,401,762 (Denmark) (24 December 1999)
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In 1999, its budget of $48 million, or 274,620,000 FRF, was said to make it the most expensive French film ever. However, the budget for Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002) at $47 million, or 327,000,000 FRF, was said to make it the costliest French film ever. Accounting for economic variances, either title my earn this dubious recognition. See more »

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Astérix: Look - the Man in the Iron Mask!
Obélix: Have they written that yet?
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Captures the Flavour of Astérix
19 December 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

At the end of the day it's not a film for introducing one's kids to Astérix

  • buy the comic books for that. It's more a capture of the flavour of the
Astérix books for those of us adults who remember them with affection, and who consequently aren't concerned overly with details of plot or characterisation. In fact Astérix and Obélix are woefully under-characterised from the start of the film. If you don't know that Obélix's trade is in quarrying menhirs, then the joke about the heart-shaped menhir for Panacea (Laetitia Casta) is likely to fall flat. But those of us who know and love the characters already are going to enjoy it.

One reason for not showing it to your kids would be that there is the occasional crudity in the language - in my view utterly unnecessary, and against the practice of the comic books - at least the English translations of same.

One of the joys of the English translations of the books was the pains taken by the translators to include jokes specifically for the English, particularly in character's names, eg the chief is called VitalStatistix, the druid is called GetAFix, Caius Bonus becomes Crismus Bonus, etc. Terry Jones has happily continued this tradition, although it's a shame that he didn't do more, as it seems to me that movie script rather emphasised silly japes and slapstick over the wonderful wit of the comic books.

Dèpardieu is an absolute revelation as Obélix (and in the English version, splendidly dubbed by Terry Jones himself).


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