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The Emperor's New Clothes (2001)

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, 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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$7,474 (USA) (16 June 2002)

Gross:

$569,435 (USA) (6 October 2002)
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Sir Ian Holm, who plays the love interest of Pumpkin, played by Iben Hjejle, is about twenty-five years older than Tim McInnerny, whose character competes for the love of Pumpkin. He is fifteen years older than Iben Hjejle, making Sir Ian Holm nearly forty years older than the actress who plays his romantic counterpart. This is rare, even for Hollywood, to have such a great age difference between two cast members engaged in a "genuine" romantic relationship, particularly when the man competing for her love is much younger, taller, better looking, and a decent guy. Typically, when a woman that young is marrying a man that much older in a fictional film story, she has an ulterior motive, such as the older guy is rich and she wants his money. This is actually kind of true in real-life as well. 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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Outstanding!
26 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a carefully crafted, beautifully acted "what if" story about Napoleon Bonaparte. It is literate, inventive, and has a beautiful music score to boot. The female lead, Iben Hjejle, is a revelation! I wish she would make more films outside of Denmark.

The story centers around Napoleon's exile after Waterloo, and a plot to have him escape (using a double), return to France to raise an army and regain his throne. But something unforeseen happens along the way, when his double, back on St. Helena, decides he is enjoying being Emperor Napoleon too much to give it up. That leaves the real Emperor Napoleon, secretly back in Paris, with a problem: nobody believes he is who he says he is...

Let's not reveal any more of the plot in this outstanding film (provided you can enjoy a movie with no nudity and cursing, and virtually no violence).


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