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The Emperor's New Clothes (2001)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  7 December 2001 (Italy)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Napoleon Bonaparte / Sergeant Eugene Lenormand
Nicole 'Pumpkin' Truchaut
Dr. Lambert
Tom Watson ...
Louis Marchand
Sergeant Justin Bommel
Bob Mason ...
Captain Nicholls
Trevor Cooper ...
Russell Dixon ...
Dr. Quinton
Papa Nicholas
Niall O'Brien ...


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief language | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

7 December 2001 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Las nuevas ropas del emperador  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$569,435 (USA) (4 October 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


While the historical Napoléon Bonaparte never had the opportunity to say "They have changed my battlefield". It is reported that the Duke of Wellington said exactly that when he revisited the place after the huge Belgian memorial mound was erected there. See more »


[first lines]
Napoleon Bonaparte: No, that's not it. That's not right. Let me tell you what really happened...
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

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10 January 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I probably would not have seen this movie if not for the rave reviews I read here. There were so many positive comments, it seemed I couldn't go wrong. You were all correct.

Thanks to everyone who reviewed this film. It was absolutely superb! The characters and story line were very good. It could have happened the way it was shown.

A wonderful, warm, charming, funny film. Don't miss this one. I gave it a 10/10.

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