During Napoleon's exile on St. Helena, some loyalists hire a look-alike to swap places with the deposed emperor: while the impostor lives in luxury on the island, the real Napoleon returns to Paris in order to retake the throne.

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Napoleon Bonaparte / Sergeant Eugene Lenormand
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Nicole 'Pumpkin' Truchaut
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Dr. Lambert
Tom Watson ...
Gerard
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Bertrand
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Antommarchi
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Louis Marchand
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Sergeant Justin Bommel
Bob Mason ...
Captain Nicholls
Trevor Cooper ...
Leaud
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Maurice
Russell Dixon ...
Dr. Quinton
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Papa Nicholas
Niall O'Brien ...
Bosun
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Storyline

Napoleon, exiled, devises a plan to retake the throne. He'll swap places with commoner Eugene Lenormand, sneak into Paris, then Lenormand will reveal himself and Napoleon will regain his throne. Things don't go at all well; first, the journey proves more difficult than expected, but more disastrously, Lenormand enjoys himself too much to reveal the deception. Napoleon adjusts somewhat uneasily to the life of a commoner while waiting, while Lenormand gorges on rich food. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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The world's most powerful man is about to fight his greatest battle... between love and glory.

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7 December 2001 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Las nuevas ropas del emperador  »

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Opening Weekend:

$7,474 (USA) (14 June 2002)

Gross:

$569,435 (USA) (4 October 2002)
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Ian Holm played Napoleon twice before, in Time Bandits (1981) and Napoleon and Love (1974). See more »

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Napoleon Bonaparte: No, that's not it. That's not right. Let me tell you what really happened...
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Run to see this film
6 March 2002 | by (Edison, NJ) – See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of seeing The Emperor's New Clothes. What a treat. The story was delightful, the cast sublime, the cinematography glorious, and the soundtrack one I would like to purchase...so, you can tell I loved everything about the film. The story is a lovely fairy tale and the best I've seen since the "Princess Bride."

Ian Holm plays Napoleon and is perfect, as are all his co-stars. There is so much I'd like to say about the film, but I don't want to give anything away since the film won't be out until later this Spring.

Run out to see this film if you crave a feel good movie that's intelligent, not sappy, and simply fun to watch. I have not been this satisfied with the ending of a film in ages. We talked about the film all the way home. By the way, the entire audience gave it a solid round of applause as the lights came up. That should say it all.

I sense some Oscar nods for this film in 2003. It's a hit.


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