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The Gaul (2001) More at IMDbPro »Vercingétorix (original title)

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The Gaul -- An entire nation's destiny lies in the hands of one man. Druids follows the legendary fate of Vercingetorix, from the sweetness of happy childhood spent with his cheerful father Celtill, to the rise and fall of the Gallic nation in a ferocious battle against Julius Cesar's Roman Empire.
The Gaul -- An entire nation's destiny lies in the hands of one man.


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Release Date:
24 January 2001 (France) See more »
His people made him a leader. The empire made him a renegade. History made him a hero. See more »
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  (in credits order)

Christopher Lambert ... Vercingétorix (as Christophe Lambert)

Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Julius Caesar

Max von Sydow ... Guttuart

Inés Sastre ... Epona
Denis Charvet ... Cassivelaun
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ... Dumnorix
Maria Kavardjikova ... Rhia
Yannis Baraban ... Litavic
Vincent Moscato ... Moscatos
Jean-Pierre Rives ... Teuton Chief
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Youri Angelov
Atanass Atanassov

Jean Pierre Bergeron ... Diviciac (as J.P. Berger)
Patrice Bissonnette
Rousy Chanev (as Roussi Tchanev)
Georgi Cherkelov (as Georges Tcherkelov)
Stefan Danailov
Paraskeva Djukelova

Valentin Ganev

Maxim Genchev (as Maxime Guentchev)
Plamena Getova (as Plamena Guetova)
Assen Kukushev (as Assen Koukouchev)
Boris Lukanov
Mila Lutzkanova
Tzvetana Maneva
Vassil Mihajlov
André Mélançon
Pepa Nikolova
Aubert Pallascio
Djoko Rosic (as Jocko Rossitch)
Plamen Serakov (as Plamen Sirakov)
Iossif Surchadzhiev (as Yossiv Sartchadijev)

Desislava Tenekedjieva
Marin Yanev

Directed by
Jacques Dorfmann 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anne de Leseleuc  story
Jacques Dorfmann  screenplay
Jacques Dorfmann  story
Rospo Pallenberg  screenplay
Norman Spinrad  screenplay

Produced by
Denis Charvet .... assistant producer
Jacques Dorfmann .... producer
Claude Léger .... associate producer
Rodolphe Polin-Michaut .... line producer
Patrick Sandrin .... associate producer
Patrick Sandrin .... executive producer: Patrick Sandrin Sofilm Bulgaria
Original Music by
Pierre Charvet 
Cinematography by
Stefan Ivanov 
Plamen Somov 
Film Editing by
Marie Castro-Vasquez  (as Marie Castro)
Production Design by
Didier Naert 
Art Direction by
Anastas Yanakyev 
Set Decoration by
Didier Naert 
Costume Design by
Edith Vesperini 
Makeup Department
Sano De Perpessac .... key hair stylist
Didier Lavergne .... key makeup artist
Krassimir Mihaylov .... assistant makeup artist (as Krassi Mihaylov)
Paula Parra .... makeup artist
Mariana Zaharieva .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Lyubomir Anev .... assistant unit manager (as Lubo Anev)
Eva Bakardjieva .... assistant unit manager
Tomas Chivatchev .... assistant unit manager
Gueorgui Chopov .... assistant unit manager
Assen Dremdjiev .... assistant unit manager
Mila Gueorguieva .... assistant unit manager
Ginette Guillard .... production manager: Canada
George Jardon .... post-production supervisor
Arnaud Kerneguez .... production manager
Ludmila Kirilova .... unit manager: second unit
Rousy Lyutskanov .... production manager (as Roussi Lutskanov)
Aleksandr Marinov .... assistant unit manager (as Alexandre Marinov)
Laetitia Martinoni .... assistant production manager
Nikolai Momtchilov .... assistant unit manager
Philippe Philipov .... unit manager
Vasil Radoev .... assistant unit manager
Petya Stamenkova .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Victor Bojinov .... first assistant director
Gilles Cannatella .... first assistant director
Aglika Delahaye .... trainee assistant director: second unit
Karine Dinev .... second assistant director: second unit
Ivelina Festchieva .... assistant director
Krasimir Hazarbasanov .... first assistant director: second unit
Christo Jivkov .... assistant director
Pierre Magny .... second unit director
Ilka Valcheva .... assistant director
Alexander Kossev .... second second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Krasimir Andreev .... art assistant
Venelin Andréev .... art assistant
Bertrand Clercq-Roques .... first assistant art director (as Bertrand Clerq-Roques)
Michel Conche .... property master
Vessela Ivanova .... art assistant
Robert Le Corre .... set propman
Yossif Mladenov .... set designer
Iren Muratova .... art assistant
Christo Petrov .... assistant property master
Yordan Petrov .... props
Prolet Gueorguieva Polia .... property master
Nikolay Popov .... props (as Nikolai Popov)
Borislav Radovanov .... construction manager
Ivan Ranghelov .... set dresser
Ilian Siméonov .... art assistant
Georgi Todorov .... art assistant (as Guéorgui Todorov)
Petko Todorov .... assistant property master
Ventzislav Ulov .... assistant property master
Ivan Zlatev .... assistant property master
Atanas Cherkezov .... props (uncredited)
Octavio Tapia .... on-set propman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Pierre-Jules Audet .... dialogue editor
Diane Boucher .... post-synchronization supervisor
Martine Collin .... assistant foley artist: Canada
Michel Descombes .... sound re-recording mixer
Philippe Espantoso .... dialogue mixer
Maxime Ferland .... boom operator
Julian Fischer .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicolas Gagnon .... assistant foley artist: Canada
Shaun-Nicholas Gallagher .... recording engineer: Canada
Claude Hazanavicius .... sound recordist
Philippe Heissler .... sound editor: France
Réjean Juteau .... dialogue mixer
Pierre Laroche .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Yannick Lemieux .... sound assistant
Nicolas Leroy .... assistant sound editor: France
Vincent McKeown .... assistant foley artist: Canada
Tchae Measroch .... foley artist
Mireille Morin .... adr editor: Canada
Nathalie Morin .... recording engineer: Canada
Pierre Paquet .... dialogue mixer
Hubert Persat .... assistant sound editor: France
Jacques Plante .... adr supervisor
Lucie Remington .... assistant foley artist: Canada
Bruno Ruffolo .... adr recordist: Canada
Stan Sakellaropoulos .... assistant dialogue editor
Georgi Vladichki .... sound recordist: second unit
Monique Vézina .... foley artist: Canada
Hayden Whiting .... assistant adr editor
Petar Yosifov .... sound technician: second unit
James Ziegler .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Special Effects by
Pasquale Catalano .... special effects
Massimo Ciaraglia .... special effects technician
Edmondo Natali .... special effects coordinator
Germano Natali .... special effects foreman
Fabio Traversari .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Stéphanie Betton .... digital compositor
Daniel Buthiaux .... digital compositor
Pascal Charpentier .... visual effects supervisor
Stéphanie Dargent .... matte painter
Djibrill Kane .... scan and shoot
Patricia Medjahed .... digital compositor
Julien Pacaud .... digital compositor
Laetitia Young .... digital compositor
Paul Swendsen .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Dian Hristov .... stunts
George Karlukovski .... stunts
Dimitar Kehayov .... stunt coordinator: horses
Todor Lazarov .... stunts
Velizar Peev .... stunts
Svetoslav Rangelov .... stunts
Krasimir Simeonov .... stunts
Stanimir Stamatov .... stunts
Raicho Vasilev .... stunts
Kaloian Vodenicharov .... assistant stunt coordinator
Yordan Zahariev .... stunts
David Zamperla .... stunt double
Mirko Zamperla .... assistant stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Petar Anev .... grip
Martin Balkanski .... assistant camera
Yordan Bankov .... electrician: second unit
Claire Berthe .... assistant Steadicam operator: second unit
Martin Chichov .... video tape operator
Victor Chichov .... camera operator
François Daignault .... Steadicam operator: second unit
Roberto De Angelis .... Steadicam operator
Desislav Dimitrov .... grip
Robi Grikov .... assistant electrician
Penko Ivanov .... grip
Ilio Kotorenchev .... video assist operator
Borislav Krastanov .... assistant electrician
Clermont Lapointe .... key grip: second unit
John Lewin .... chief lighting technician: second unit
Zheko Manev .... assistant camera (as Jeko Manev)
Nicolas Martin .... assistant camera
Milena Mihaylova .... Steadicam assistant
Tchavdar Minev .... grip
Anton Nakov .... first assistant camera
Dimitar Nikolov .... key grip
Emil Penev .... assistant camera
Valentin Popov .... gaffer
Konstantin Poprov .... assistant electrician
Kossio Poprov .... assistant electrician
Anton Rankov .... video assist operator
Jocelyn Simard .... assistant camera: second unit
Allen Smith .... director of photography: second unit
Plamen Soklev .... assistant electrician
Plamen Somov .... camera operator
Miroslav Stoilov .... second assistant camera
Emile Stoitchev .... grip
Plamen Vassiliev .... assistant electrician
Stefan Yanev .... assistant electrician
Vassil Yontchev .... grip
Aleksandr Zlatev .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Victor Bojinov .... casting: Bulgaria
Ginette D'Amico .... casting: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Denitsa Boyadjieva .... wardrobe assistant
Elena Ivanova .... wardrobe assistant
Irena Maximova Kirkova .... costumer
Marta Mironska .... wardrobe assistant
Renata Votrubová .... dresser
Editorial Department
Marie Castro-Vasquez .... image editor
Jean-Baptiste de Lescure .... assistant editor
Magali Debrabandére .... assistant editor
Aure Gourmanel .... assistant editor
Myriam Hoss-Desmarais .... post-production coordinator: Canada
Grégoire Lordereau .... assistant editor
Christian Rever .... color timer
Music Department
Steve Forward .... music recordist
Marie-Jeanne Serero .... orchestrator
Other crew
Marie Beaulieu .... continuity supervisor
Catherine Brelet .... assistant: Max Von Sydow
Julia Chew .... assistant: Claude Leger
Karine Dinev .... production assistant
Orlin Grozdanov .... production assistant
Nina Kirova .... script supervisor
Micheline Lajoie .... production accountant: Canada
Eric Michel .... production assistant (as Éric Michel)
Céline Oudin .... production assistant
Manon Proulx .... production accountant: Canada
Sylvain Proulx .... production administrator: Canada
Françoise Tessier .... continuity supervisor
Cedric Brelet von Sydow .... video documentary
Nazzareno Zamperla .... sword master

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Vercingétorix" - France (original title)
"Druids" - Canada (English title), USA (imdb display title)
"Great Warriors" - Japan (English title) (video title)
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Rated R for violence and nudity
Argentina:124 min | France:120 min | Japan:114 min | Spain:118 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Malaysia:U (cut version) | Malaysia:18SG (uncut version) | Netherlands:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:7 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12 | USA:R
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Filmed both in English and French languageSee more »
Factual errors: Gauls were not known to wear horns on their helmets.See more »
Guttuart:He's going where nothing more can be written. The greater the magic, the greater the price that must be paid.See more »
Le rêve d'un hommeSee more »


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51 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Relentlessly Bad, 24 March 2004
Author: everyones-a-critic from Boston, MA

Now I'm a great fan of historical epics, and I am willing to forgive a lot of historical inaccuracies in the name of cinematic expediency, especially with regard to a Celtic hero like Vercingetorix. However, as with all truly bad films, this film really can't decide what it wants to be. It makes a game attempt at historical accuracy (at least history according to Ceasar which is all we have to go on) by portraying Vercingetorix as someone who is willing to deal with the enemy then betray them, and there are some scenes such as the breast-baring women distracting the Romans which have a basis in writings of the time. OK - I'd be willing to forgive the historically inaccurate (and very un-scary) German connection until... ...we see Vercingetorix chatting with busty druidesses and gaining a magic sword and magic powers which he proceeds to twirl around faster than is humanly possible. Err, OK - so it wants to be a fantasy film. In which case why set it in a real historical time period with so many real events to build off - just go all out like Conan and be done with it. I mean - if he has magical power he should win at the end right?

The film proceeds to both destroy history and ruin one's enjoyment of all fantasy films with ruthless efficiency. So thats the screenplay written off, but perhaps it can be saved by some good performances?

Lambert. Never before has there been an actor made entirely of wood. Does this man have more than one facial expression carved on his trunk? Ceasar was passable, but lets face it, if he wants to make a name for himself by playing famous Romans he is in for a long wait for that phone call. The rest of the cast act like, and probably are, extras. Good for them for getting some face time I say.

OK - so the screenplay and acting are garbage. Perhaps the action and/or special effects can save the film. Err. No. Sorry. Joan of Arc and Gladiator-style battle scenes this does not have. I'm willing to even cut it some slack for its obviously low budget, but even taking that into account its a non-starter.

When you truly feel you could have made a better film with claymation figures and a shoebox camera then something is very very wrong indeed. However that is not the end of it. The awful, choppy editing and lack of timing and pacing combined with everything else makes for a truly painful viewing experience, one of the worst in my living memory. It is this which turns a merely bland and boring film into a bottom-100 dweller.

If the real Vercingetorix saw this he'd fall on his sword. Nul points as they say at Eurovision.

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