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The Gaul (2001)

Vercingétorix (original title)
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An entire nation's destiny lies in the hands of one man.



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Credited cast:
Vercingétorix (as Christophe Lambert)
Denis Charvet ...
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ...
Maria Kavardjikova ...
Yannis Baraban ...
Vincent Moscato ...
Jean-Pierre Rives ...
Teuton Chief
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Youri Angelov
Atanass Atanassov
Diviciac (as J.P. Berger)
Patrice Bissonnette
Rousy Chanev ...
(as Roussi Tchanev)


Young Vercingetorix came of age in 60 B.C., as soldiers of the Roman Empire ran roughshod over Gaul and his father was captured and executed by Romans. A wise and philosophical druid, Guttuart, tells the angry Vercingetorix that he should seek justice by winning freedom for Gaul from the Romans. As an adult, Vercingetorix becomes a brave and insightful warrior, and at first joins forces with the charismatic Julius Caesar. But in time Vercingetorix is betrayed by the great leader, and soon he raises an army of his own to defeat Caesar and bring Guttuart's prophesy to life. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 January 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Druids  »

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2.35 : 1
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Filmed both in English and French. See more »


As the kids (young Vercingetorix and Epona) walk past the table being prepared for the feast, we see a shot of the people standing around the table. The kids change directions and begin to run instead. The camera then changes to a different angle and suddenly everybody around the table has changed positions, even though the kids just started running from the spot where they were just walking. (some people are on opposite sides now, some appear out of nowhere) This is supposed to be one continuous shot but it is clear to see that this scene was filmed at different times and edited together as one. See more »


Vercingetorix: You accuse me of treason? Then kill me. Yes, I betrayed Gaul. Yes, I was a coward. Your anger is my anger, at myself. Because I made one mistake: I listened to you. The city had to burn, and would I had done it, the inhabitants would still be alive and the troops of Ceasar famished. But Ceasar made a worse mistake when he ordered the slaughter, which horrifies and revolts my heart, and yours, and the hearts of all Gaul. Now, if you think you've done me a favor by giving me this command, and if ...
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Le rêve d'un homme
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Poor Vercingetorix... he got dragged into infamy once again.
19 July 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

The English title itself is stupid and misleading.

Unfortunately it should have been the story of Vercingetorix, King of the Gauls, but it falls short in its intent. Although the Cast is hard-working and professional the movie is a weak action-adventure nonsense. If you compare it to "Gladiator" it pales and fades away into nothingness.

My supposition being, that it was conceived for a TV audience and probably was intended as a mini-series (a 2x90min. TV movie), in which case some silent and motionless scenes could be explained away as being the remnants of what should have been an interesting plot-twist of the longer version, and instead some battle scenes (some of which we might never know to which battlefield they would belong... must have been a director's afterthought just to bring life to an otherwise boring film) could have been better organized to follow the plot.

"Braveheart" and "Gladiator" it ain't. What remains is oblivion.

Poor Vercingetorix, had he lived to watch this, he would have hunted down the director rather than Julius Caesar. The French didn't honor much their hero this time...

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