Napoléon (2002)

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The year is 1816, and NAPOLEON, held prisoner by the British on the island of St. Helena, is telling the young English girl BETSY his life story. His meteoric rise to military prominence ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Napoléon (4 episodes, 2002)
 Joséphine de Beauharnais (4 episodes, 2002)
 Joseph Fouché (4 episodes, 2002)
 Charles Talleyrand (4 episodes, 2002)
 Letizia Bonaparte (4 episodes, 2002)
Ennio Fantastichini ...
 Joseph Bonaparte (4 episodes, 2002)
 Caroline Bonaparte (4 episodes, 2002)
 Hortense (4 episodes, 2002)
Alain Doutey ...
 Maréchal Ney (4 episodes, 2002)
Claudio Amendola ...
 Maréchal Joachim Murat (4 episodes, 2002)
André Oumansky ...
 Sieyes (4 episodes, 2002)
Jacques Brunet ...
 Roger-Ducos (4 episodes, 2002)
Jean-Gabriel Nordmann ...
 Roederer (4 episodes, 2002)
Sylvain Corthay ...
 Dr. Corvisard (4 episodes, 2002)
 Betzy (4 episodes, 2002)
David Francis ...
 Hudson Lowe (4 episodes, 2002)
Florence Darel ...
 Madame Récamier (4 episodes, 2002)
Alain Teulié ...
 Hippolyte Charles (4 episodes, 2002)
Michel Ouimet ...
 Docteur Ivan (4 episodes, 2002)
Philip Lenkowsky ...
 Cipriani (4 episodes, 2002)
Tom Rack ...
 Pêcheur (4 episodes, 2002)
Geneviève Grandbois ...
 Femme pêcheur (4 episodes, 2002)
Patrick Bordier ...
 Vétéran (4 episodes, 2002)
 Geoffroy St-Hilaire (4 episodes, 2002)
Benjamin Sacks ...
 Jeune soldat pestiféré (4 episodes, 2002)
Emmanuel Karsen ...
 Soldat hôpital (4 episodes, 2002)
Deborah Rudetzki ...
 Julie (4 episodes, 2002)
Grégoire Bonnet ...
 Louis (4 episodes, 2002)
Laurence Margerie ...
 Élisa (4 episodes, 2002)
Constance Dollé ...
 Pauline (4 episodes, 2002)
Dimitri Michelsen ...
 Eugène (4 episodes, 2002)
Tomas Jaka ...
 Grenadier blessé St-Cloud (4 episodes, 2002)
Laurent Larcher ...
 Soldat St-Cloud (4 episodes, 2002)
Tristan Lignier ...
 Officier Tuileries (4 episodes, 2002)
Grégoire Vigneron ...
 Laquais Tuileries (4 episodes, 2002)
Bruce McEwen ...
 Estafette Tuileries (4 episodes, 2002)
Lee Michelsen ...
 Huissier Tuileries (4 episodes, 2002)
Mark Reed-Klevberg ...
 Secrétaire Bonaparte (4 episodes, 2002)
László Görög ...
 Marbot (4 episodes, 2002)
Andrew Hefler ...
 Estafette blessé Danube (4 episodes, 2002)
Doug Rand ...
 Percier (4 episodes, 2002)
Mike Dineen ...
 Fortin (4 episodes, 2002)
Zsolt Zágoni ...
 Adjudant Vincennes (4 episodes, 2002)
Stéphane Bourquin ...
 Officier Fontainebleau (4 episodes, 2002)
Shawn Howard ...
 Ordonnance Fontainebleau (4 episodes, 2002)
Christian Abomnes ...
 Ordonnance Hudson Lowe (4 episodes, 2002)
Patrick Albenque ...
 Policier (4 episodes, 2002)
François-Xavier Anseaume ...
 Architecte (4 episodes, 2002)
Peter Bartfay ...
 Soldier (4 episodes, 2002)
Václav Chalupa ...
 Isabey (4 episodes, 2002)
Less Clack ...
 Dignitaire (4 episodes, 2002)
Julie du Page ...
 Jeune femme palais Erfurt (4 episodes, 2002)
Bill Dunn ...
 Dignitaire (4 episodes, 2002)
Couy Griffin ...
 Aide de camp église (4 episodes, 2002)
Richard Harris-Temple ...
 Policier (4 episodes, 2002)
Zoltán Karácsony Pulika ...
 Cavalier ferme (4 episodes, 2002)
Curtis Matthews ...
 Officier QG Barras (4 episodes, 2002)
Franck Neckebrock
(4 episodes, 2002)
Tibor Pintér ...
 Aide de camp (4 episodes, 2002)
Gerard Whelan ...
 Officier Ettenheim (4 episodes, 2002)
 Comtesse Marie Walewska (3 episodes, 2002)
 Klemens Metternich (2 episodes, 2002)
Mavie Hörbiger ...
 Marie-Louise d'Autriche (2 episodes, 2002)
Roc LaFortune ...
 Marchand (2 episodes, 2002)
Léopoldine Serre ...
 Petite fille attentat (2 episodes, 2002)
Andy Cam ...
 Homme attentat (2 episodes, 2002)
Sasa Rasilov ...
 Policier rue St-Nicaise (2 episodes, 2002)
Jerry Di Giacomo ...
 Fuyard St-Nicaise (2 episodes, 2002)


The year is 1816, and NAPOLEON, held prisoner by the British on the island of St. Helena, is telling the young English girl BETSY his life story. His meteoric rise to military prominence begins with his victory over the Royalists in 1795, which is followed by campaigns in Italy and Egypt. He marries the young and capricious JOSEPHINE DE BEAUHARNAIS, the love of his life, who unfortunately cannot bear him any children. After a coup d'état he seizes power in France and crowns himself Emperor of the French in 1804. After his decisive victory at Austerlitz, Napoleon reorganizes Europe and makes his relatives into princes and kings. Continuing resistance by the Spanish results in some initial losses, however. Meanwhile, Napoleon is increasingly fascinated by other women, including the Polish patriot MARIA WALEWSKA, who bears him a son. Napoleon intends to found an imperial dynasty, however, to strengthen his position. After divorcing Josephine, he marries the Austrian princess MARIE-LUISE,... Written by Anonymous

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He was a master of war and peace. His struggle was with love. See more »


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Official Sites:



Release Date:

17 September 2002 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Napoleon  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


€41,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


(4 parts) | (DVD edition)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The series was shot simultaneously in French and English, thus two versions exist, with the exact same actors and near-identical edits, but a different original language. See more »


When Napoleon is with Eleanore Denuelle and his son to say goodbye, his hair is parted on his left side. When he leaves and turns around at the door, Napoleon's hair is parted on his right side. See more »


Joseph Bonaparte: Listen, listen to them! Just say the word, and you'll have twenty five million French citizens behind you!
Napoléon: Right now, I'm hungry.
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References Le souper (1992) See more »


La Mariage (The Marriage)
Written by Richard Grégoire
Performed by Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309
Courtesy of Virgin Classics
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Excellent performance by M. Clavier
2 August 2004 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

I was never interested in Napoleon. Although I visited the Louvre I didn't go to see Napoleon's chambers, which are on display there. I would have never watched this series if it wasn't for the actors in it. And now, after six hours of Napoleon and nothing but Napoleon, I actually got interested in the chap and think about reading a biography. And I'm sure this is down to the excellent performance of Christian Clavier. Simple as that.

Okay, his English could be a tiny bit better, agreed, but I rather get used to an accented English than to a bad performance by English native speakers. Christian Clavier is truly an excellent actor, although he might be best known (in France) for his parts in very silly comedies. If he only decided to take more "serious" parts, maybe more people would notice what a fantastic talent he has. What he can express just with his eyes is quite stunning. But that may be a female point of view...

The other well known actors had, of course, smaller parts, in comparison. But none of them was miscast. And I especially liked how actors from different countries once again worked together. This as well is what the European idea is about.

One of the few things I didn't like were the flashbacks at the end. They were completely out of place and should be cut out. They don't make sense at all at the end of the film.

And a last remark about Monsieur Clavier's language skills: The first way he said "Ich liebe dich" got me guffawing, the second way he made my heart melt. Maybe he should think about doing a film in German...?

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