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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Cast

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 Napoléon (4 episodes, 2002)
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 Joséphine de Beauharnais (4 episodes, 2002)
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 Joseph Fouché (4 episodes, 2002)
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 Charles Talleyrand (4 episodes, 2002)
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 Letizia Bonaparte (4 episodes, 2002)
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Ennio Fantastichini ...
 Joseph Bonaparte (4 episodes, 2002)
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 Caroline Bonaparte (4 episodes, 2002)
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 Hortense (4 episodes, 2002)
Alain Doutey ...
 Maréchal Ney (4 episodes, 2002)
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 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)
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 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)
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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 ...
 Julie (4 episodes, 2002)
Grégoire Bonnet ...
 Louis (4 episodes, 2002)
Laurence Margerie ...
 Élisa (4 episodes, 2002)
Constance Dollé ...
 Pauline (4 episodes, 2002)
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 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
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Tibor Pintér ...
 Aide de camp (4 episodes, 2002)
Gerard Whelan ...
 Officier Ettenheim (4 episodes, 2002)
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 Comtesse Marie Walewska (3 episodes, 2002)
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 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)
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 Policier rue St-Nicaise (2 episodes, 2002)
Jerry Di Giacomo ...
 Fuyard 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

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 »

Quotes

Napoléon: [regarding his coronation as Emperor] I intend to crown myself.
Pope Pius VII: Then why am I here?
Napoléon: To bless my reign.
Pope Pius VII: Now, who exactly are you asking to bless your reign, Sire? Almighty God? Or his humble deputy on Earth, the Pope?
Napoléon: Humble? Is that the word you use to describe the thunder of organ music, clouds of incense, altars full of flowers, robes trimmed with gold?
Pope Pius VII: You confuse God with religion.
Napoléon: On the contrary, I separate them. On the one hand, a theory: God. On the other, a certitude: religion. It gives...
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References Le souper (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Napoleon Adolescent (Napoleon, the Adolescent)
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 (New York) – 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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