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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »


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)
 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)
 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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Release Date:

17 September 2002 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

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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?


In July 2003 dollars, the film costs $46,330,000 to make. 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 »


Maréchal Joachim Murat: The road to Namur.
Napoléon: Perfect. The Pope will think we've run into him totally by chance. I cannot let him imagine that I would make an effort to meet him. I owe him no more respect than to any petty little king.
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References Le souper (1992) See more »


Le Tombeau des Invalides (The Tomb of the Invalides)
Written by Richard Grégoire
Performed by Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309
Courtesy of Virgin Classics
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10 September 2003 | by (Maryland, USA) – See all my reviews

Not all movies have the BEST graphics, and maybe this one didn't have graphics that would blow you away, but that wasn't really the point, and it looked fine, to me.

I caught part of this on A&E, recently. I watched a few minutes, then turned the channel to watch a regular show. I came back to it, and watched the end of the first half. The next day, I ran into the second part. I missed quite a bit, but watched the last hour, or so. I started craving the rest of it. I got online and did a search, found it was out on DVD, and made a trip to my local video retailer. I got the 3-DVD set and have since made a website devoted to Christian Clavier because I thought he did a wonderful job, and this movie made me a fan almost instantly. I've always liked Isabella Rossellini, and her role as Josephine was very convincing.

I've always been a fan of Napoleon movies, and I've seen several, but this one has to be the best. The interaction between Napoleon and Josephine and the action during the war scenes had me on the edge of my seat. Most people know how the end turned out, but that didn't stop me from thinking that things would be different.

I highly recommend this movie, in DVD format for the "making of" section. I wish I had watched this in high school because I would have learned quite a bit.

Go watch this movie!

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