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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 Joseph Fouché 4 episodes, 2002
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 Hortense 4 episodes, 2002
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 Maréchal Ney 4 episodes, 2002
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André Oumansky ...
Jacques Brunet ...
 Roger-Ducos 4 episodes, 2002
Jean-Gabriel Nordmann ...
 Roederer 4 episodes, 2002
Sylvain Corthay ...
 Dr. Corvisard 4 episodes, 2002
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David Francis ...
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
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 Geoffroy St-Hilaire 4 episodes, 2002
Benjamin Sacks ...
 Jeune soldat pestiféré 4 episodes, 2002
Emmanuel Karsen ...
 Soldat hôpital 4 episodes, 2002
Deborah Rudetzki ...
Grégoire Bonnet ...
Laurence Margerie ...
Constance Dollé ...
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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 ...
Andrew Hefler ...
 Estafette blessé Danube 4 episodes, 2002
Doug Rand ...
Mike Dineen ...
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 ...
Václav Chalupa ...
Leslie 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
Tibor Pintér ...
 Aide de camp 4 episodes, 2002
Gerard Whelan ...
 Officier Ettenheim 4 episodes, 2002
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 Klemens Metternich 2 episodes, 2002
Mavie Hörbiger ...
 Marie-Louise d'Autriche 2 episodes, 2002
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 Marchand 2 episodes, 2002
Léopoldine Serre ...
 Petite fille attentat 2 episodes, 2002
Andy Cam ...
 Homme attentat 2 episodes, 2002
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 Policier rue St-Nicaise 2 episodes, 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 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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€41,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

Goofs

All the battle scenes, intended to be a highlight of the series with significant numbers of soldiers presented, oddly and inaccurately show soldiers advancing slowly in short half-steps when in reality they marched at full stride. See more »

Quotes

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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La Reddition du Marchal Ney (The Surrender of Marshal Ney)
Written by Richard Grégoire
Performed by Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309
Courtesy of Virgin Classics
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A mixed bag
9 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

On the plus side: the costumes and interiors are magnificent, Isabella Rossellini is good as Josephine, the historical events depicted are presented accurately, and the series gets better as it goes along (don't give up after the muddled first episode!).

On the minus side: we never really get a feel for what Napoleon actually stood for or why and how he was such a military genius, the film dwells on his private life when it could be dealing with the huge social and political issues of the time, the actors playing some of the secondary characters are laughably bad (Murat, Ney, Marie-Louise), and one has to strain to hear the dialogue (due to the foreign accents, background noise and music).

As for Christian Clavier, it's amazing how the comments on his performance stretch from "brilliant" to "trash." My own view is that he was off the mark as the younger Napoleon, but as the mature Napoleon had basically the right look and plenty of gravitas.

A good contribution to the body of film about the Emperor but also full of flaws.


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