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7 December 2001 (Italy) See more »
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The world's most powerful man is about to fight his greatest battle... between love and glory.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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This is good old-fashioned romance, history, and fiction all in one small but unforgettable film, a bit like the subject himself. See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ian Holm ... Napoleon Bonaparte / Sergeant Eugene Lenormand

Iben Hjejle ... Nicole 'Pumpkin' Truchaut

Tim McInnerny ... Dr. Lambert
Tom Watson ... Gerard

Nigel Terry ... Montholon

Hugh Bonneville ... Bertrand

Murray Melvin ... Antommarchi

Eddie Marsan ... Louis Marchand

Clive Russell ... Sergeant Justin Bommel
Bob Mason ... Captain Nicholls
Trevor Cooper ... Leaud

Chris Langham ... Maurice
Russell Dixon ... Dr. Quinton

George Harris ... Papa Nicholas
Niall O'Brien ... Bosun
Hayley Carmichael ... Adele Raffin
Philip McGough ... English tourist
Tim Barlow ... Bargee
Tony Vogel ... British sergeant

Russell Tovey ... Recruit
John McGlynn ... Gendarme
Clive Mendus ... Senior orderly

Ashley Artus ... Junior orderly
Roger Frost ... Bookseller
Tom Hunsinger ... Customer

Matthew Sim ... Ticket seller
Phil Hearne ... Man
Moya Brady ... Woman
Caterina Venturini ... Barmaid
Stefano Gragnani ... Bailiff
Hervé Ducroux ... Brest contact
Giovanni Gianasso ... Philippe
Francesco Guzzo ... Sentry at garrison
Sergio Ballo ... Lieutenant Truchaut
Piero Lorenzo Ferrero ... Tailor

Directed by
Alan Taylor 
 
Writing credits
Simon Leys (novel "The Death of Napoleon")

Kevin Molony (screenplay) &
Alan Taylor (screenplay) &
Herbie Wave (screenplay)

Produced by
Roberto Cicutto .... executive producer
Hanno Huth .... executive producer
Polly Leys .... co-producer
Kevin Molony .... associate producer
Uberto Pasolini .... producer
Marco Valerio Pugini .... co-producer
Paul Webster .... executive producer
James Wilson .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Rachel Portman 
 
Cinematography by
Alessio Gelsini Torresi (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Masahiro Hirakubo 
 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
 
Production Design by
Andrea Crisanti 
 
Art Direction by
Carlo Rescigno 
 
Costume Design by
Sergio Ballo 
 
Makeup Department
Anna De Santis .... additional hair stylist
Giancarlo Del Brocco .... key makeup artist
Elda Magnanti .... key hair stylist
Antonio Maltempo .... makeup artist
Alessandra Molinari .... additional hair stylist
Cesare Paciotti .... additional hair stylist
Alvaro Rossi .... makeup assistant
Alfredo Tiberi .... makeup artist
Gianna Viola .... additional hair stylist
 
Production Management
Fabiomassimo Dell'Orco .... unit production manager
Caroline Hewitt .... executive in charge of production: Film Four
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luca Brignone .... second assistant director
Sergio Ercolessi .... first assistant director
Emanuela Minoli .... third assistant director (as Manuela Minoli)
 
Art Department
Paolo Alaggia .... set dressing labour
Gianluca Aloi .... laborer
Palmiro Aloi .... carpenter
Bruno Amalfitano .... set dresser
Antonio Amato .... carpenter
Giovanni Anzalone .... set dressing labour
Alberto Arpinelli .... carpenter
Nicola Caffarelli .... laborer
Paolo Cameli .... painter
Manuel Carlucci .... unit department coordinator
Emilio Cirulli .... laborer
Mariano Colace .... carpenter
Sabrina Coppolecchia .... assistant set dresser
Paolo Curci .... laborer
Angelo D'Offizi .... carpenter
Stefano D'Offizi .... carpenter
Romano di Chio .... carpenter (as Romano Di Chio)
Fabrizio Di Marcello .... carpenter
Stefano Fiorino .... carpenter
Massimiliano Frondaroli .... assistant construction coordinator
Fabio Gentili .... set striking
Giovanni Giannini .... carpenter
Gioacchino Paolo Giardina .... carpenter
Samuele Giardina .... laborer
Adilia Ismailova .... construction nurse
Barbel Elizabet Krisel .... assistant art director (as Barbel Kreisl)
Mauro Lucantoni .... laborer
Vincenzo Mancini .... carpenter
Paolo Marasciulo .... carpenter
Piercarlo Mauri .... carpenter
Massimo Minna .... laborer
Antonio Murer .... stand-by props
Tiziano Nardoni .... carpenter
Antonino Nastasi .... carpenter
Biagio Nastasi .... carpenter
Matteo Antonino Nastasi .... carpenter
Daniel Nati .... props labour
Marcellino Nolfo .... on-set dresser
Giovanni Nucera .... carpenter
Edoardo Pantanella .... period artwork
Fabrizio Pennacchioli .... laborer
Fiorino Persichetti .... carpenter
Valentino Della Posta .... carpenter
Oreste Quercioli .... stand-by painter
Giuseppe Rickmann .... set striking
Iolando Rocchetti .... construction manager (as Jolando Rocchetti)
Saverio Sammali .... draughtsman
Alessio Schenone .... assistant stand-by props
Giovanni Schifano .... carpenter
Franco Staltari .... carpenter
Mario Tasciotti .... art department assistant
Antonio Tedesco .... stand-by painter
Daniele Valabrega .... laborer
 
Sound Department
Emiliano Acciaresi .... cable person
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Andie Derrick .... foley artist
Chris Dibble .... sound recording engineer
Robert Farr .... sound re-recordist
Stewart Henderson .... adr editor
Stewart Henderson .... dialogue editor
Claire Mahoney .... foley artist (as Clare Mohoney)
Barry O'Sullivan .... sound maintenance
Jim Roddan .... foley editor
Jupiter Sen .... sound editor
Clive Winter .... sound recordist
James Seddon .... dolby consultant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Gastone Callori .... special effects technician
Marco Moneta .... special effects technician
Stefano Nofroni .... special effects technician
Dante Precetti .... special effects technician
Claudio Quaglietti .... special effects foreman
Ercole Francesco Quaglietti .... special effects technician
Claudio Savassi .... special effects technician
Franco Simeone .... special effects technician
Kenneth Cassar .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Maurizio Corridori .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Simon Cox .... data operator: MPC
Ditch Doy .... CG animator: MPC
Paddy Eason .... supervising compositor: MPC
Michael Elson .... head of production: MPC
Richard Etchells .... data operator: MPC
Kayser Foyz .... data operator: MPC
Ed Hawkins .... plate supervisor: MPC
Martin Hobbs .... visual effects producer: MPC
Merrin Jensen .... visual effects assistant producer: MPC
Douglas Larmour .... digital compositor: MPC
Charlotte Loughnane .... data operator: MPC
Jessica Norman .... digital compositor: MPC
Matthew Packham .... data operator: MPC
Sandra Roach .... digital compositor: MPC
Jelena Stojanovic .... digital compositor: MPC
Tim Baxter .... film recording (uncredited)
Christopher Otto Gallagher .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
David Ambrosi .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Giorgio Antonini .... stunts
Omero Capanna .... stunt double
Katia Crispino .... stunt double
Riccardo Mioni .... stunt coordinator
Ferdinando Stazzone .... stunt double
Giuseppe 'Peppinello' Vivenzio .... stunt double
Alessandro Novelli .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Orlando Graupiera Acosta .... rigging/strike grip
Alejandro Rosas Allain .... grip
Marco Alzetta .... rigging/strike grip
Philippe Antonello .... still photographer
Stefano Biscaro .... key grip
Francesco Colangeli .... electrician
Marco De Leonibus .... rigging/strike electrician
Andrea Di Giacomo .... rigging/strike electrician
Otello Diodato .... rigging/strike electrician
Stefano Fenocchi .... second focus puller
Claudio Frollano .... rigging/strike gaffer
Fabrizio Libertini .... generator operator
Simone Lucchetti .... rigging/strike electrician
Enzo Massoli .... generator operator
Maurizio Micalizzi .... rigging/strike grip
Alessio Righini .... video assistant
Alessandro Rossi .... electrician
Pietro Santarelli .... rigging/strike key grip
Massimiliano Sardini .... rigging/strike electrician (as Massimiliano Sordini)
Enrico Stella .... grip
Mario Stella .... grip
Raffaele Stella .... grip
Marco Sticchi .... gaffer
Massimiliano Sticchi .... electrician
Mario Tipi .... rigging/strike electrician
Emiliano Topai .... clapper loader
Raoul Torresi .... second camera operator
Riccardo Umetelli .... focus puller
Fabrizio Vicari .... camera operator
 
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr casting
M. Rosaria Caracciolo .... casting: children (as Maria Rosaria Caracciolo)
Brendan Donnison .... adr casting
Pippa Hall .... casting: children
Melissa Holm .... casting assistant
Guglielmo Pricolo .... casting: children
Shaila Rubin .... casting: Italy
Di Torchiarolo .... casting: children
Krassimir Ivanov .... casting assistant: Italy (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Simona Boccanfuso .... seamstress
Stefania Corsetti .... assistant costume designer
Paolo Faenzi .... wardrobe supervisor
M. Erminia Melato .... wardrobe assistant (as Erminia Melato)
Giacoma Mellini .... seamstress
Filomena Monterisi .... seamstress
Rosa Moschella .... seamstress
Alice Persano .... wardrobe assistant
Gisa Rinaldi .... seamstress
Giordana Russo .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Denton Brown .... second assistant editor
Chantal Carmellini .... editing runner: Italy
Peter Hunt .... color grader
Sylvia Wheeler .... negative cutter
Neil Williams .... first assistant editor
Liberata Zocchi .... second assistant editor: Italy
Laurie McDowell .... additional assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Matt Cullen .... assistant recording engineer
George Hamer .... orchestral contractor
Rachel Portman .... orchestrator
Bill Silcock .... music copyist
David Snell .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Daniele Abeille .... transportation captain
Antonio Angiuoli .... driver
Andrea Atzu .... driver
Luigi Buldrini .... driver
Lorenzo Ceccarini .... driver
Giovanni Cosi .... driver
Antonino Cucillo .... driver
Luigi D'Abrosca .... driver
Mauro De Vito .... driver
Mauro Fiori .... driver
Pietro Leone .... driver
Luigi Lumbari .... driver (as Luigi Lombari)
Massimo Mazzoni .... driver
Stefano Orabona .... driver
Sergio Paladina .... driver
Luciano Plescia .... driver
Pietro Procaccianti .... driver
Massimiliano Rocchetti .... assistant transportation captain
Giuliano Troiano .... driver
Camillo Sagarriga Visconti .... driver
 
Other crew
Maurizio Aquilanti .... crew: Tarquinia
Kim Ballard .... production finance: FilmFour
Renato Bartolucci .... crew: Malta
Claudio Bassignana .... crew: Turin
Rachel Bennette .... script editor
Mona Bernal .... production coordinator (as Maria Graciella 'Mona' Bernal)
Francesca Birri .... production secretary
Marco Bonaudo .... crew: Turin
Marcantonio Borghese .... location manager: Malta
Giulia Botto .... crew: Turin
Martella Bugeja .... crew: Malta
Lucia Bugoloni .... cashier
Roberta Butti .... assistant to director
Mario Camilleri .... crew: Malta
Francesca Campanella .... crew: Turin
Alberto Carmellini .... security officer
Enrico Casadei .... rider
Marta Cipriani .... office runner
Alfredo Colangeli .... rushes runner
Vito Colazzo .... location manager
Carmela Compagnone .... payroll accountant
Luigi Conversini .... crew: Tarquinia
Chris Cozens .... auricle operator
Maura Cuda .... crew: Turin
Maurizio Cusano .... crowd marshall
Roberto Danesi .... horse/carriage wrangler
Severo Danesi .... rider
Joannah Simone Daniell .... chaperone
Hannah Davies .... assistant: Rachel Portman
Mario De Cinti .... crew: Malta
Michele De Leo .... cashier
Carlo De Rocco .... crew: Malta
Andrew Debono .... crew: Malta
Alessandro Macchi Di Cellere .... assistant location manager
Mattia Donna .... crew: Turin
Anna Edlebi .... crew: Malta
Pierre Ellul .... crew: Malta
Francesco Esposito .... stand-in
Maurizio Faloci .... crew: Malta
Marco Federici .... floor runner
Giorgio Ficarra .... crew: Turin
Annabel Fleri-Soler .... crew: Malta
Rita Galea .... crew: Malta
Giovanni Gebbia .... crew: Turin
Marcelle Genovese .... crew: Malta
Chiara Gentile .... crew: Tarquinia
Beniamino Gigli .... rider
Christian Giuliani .... assistant production coordinator
Luca Grivet Brancot .... crowd marshall
Cecilia Gurlino .... crew: Turin
Jim Hajicosta .... production accountant: UK
Mike Higgins .... unit location manager: Malta
Andrew Hildebrand .... business affairs: FilmFour
Enrico Latella .... unit location manager
Dino Mancini .... crew: Tarquinia
Mauro Mancini .... crew: Tarquinia
Dante Marcoaldi .... crew: Tarquinia
Sabrina Marocchini .... stand-in
Pasquale Martino .... animal handler
Alessandro Merluzzi .... crew: Tarquinia
Andrea Missa .... animal handler
Giorgia Onofri .... script supervisor
Gino Parisi .... teacher
Patrizia Pierucci .... cashier
Stefano Pirri .... crew: Tarquinia
Joe Pisani .... crew: Malta
Angelo Poretti .... crew: Turin
Patrizia Roletti .... production secretary
Pietro Rosella .... rider
Annalisa Schmid .... production secretary
Susan Schrader .... assistant accountant
Debbie Scicluna .... crew: Malta
Umberto Secchi .... crew: Tarquinia
Amedeo Segatori .... rider
Massimiliano Spinelli .... crew: Turin
Laura Storoni .... crew: Tarquinia
Ron Taylor .... laboratory contact: Eurolab
Giorgio Tregnaghi .... production accountant: Italy
Day Trinh-Dinh .... projectionist (as Trinh Dinh Day)
Helen Tulley .... business affairs: FilmFour
Eugenia Valente .... crew: Tarquinia
Attilio Vallucci .... rider
Alessandro Vivenzio .... rider
Benedetta Von Normann .... production secretary
Julia Wilson Dickson .... dialogue coach (as Julia Wilson-Dixon)
Claudio Zamarion .... crew: Tarquinia
Andrea Zanini .... crew: Turin
R.H. Davies .... marine coordinator (uncredited)
Amanda Street .... international sales: FilmFour (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Olivia Barker .... thanks
Angelique Berès .... thanks
Aída Bortnik .... thanks
Mama Cazort .... thanks
James Clayton .... thanks
Francesco De Biase .... thanks
Joe De Marco .... thanks
Elizabeth Dench .... thanks
Anna Domino .... thanks
Nicki Ledermann .... thanks
Michael Lubin .... thanks
Ruth McCance .... thanks
Bob McLarty .... thanks
Charles Moore .... thanks
Abigail Morgan .... thanks
Luigi Musini .... thanks
Vanessa Pereira .... thanks
Tina Rathborne .... thanks
Lisbeth Savill .... thanks
Par Taylor .... thanks
 
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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 »
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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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21 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
This is good old-fashioned romance, history, and fiction all in one small but unforgettable film, a bit like the subject himself., 12 July 2002
Author: John DeSando (jdesando@columbus.rr.com) from Columbus, Ohio

In 1821, on St. Helena, Napoleon loyalists switch the emperor with a look-alike ship hand and send the little tyrant secretly off to Paris to revive the Old Order. I love improbable movies like `The Emperor's New Clothes,' especially the docudramas that feed our lust to know the insides of great figures.

You may not know Ian Holm's Napoleon that well because Holm concentrates more on the mannerisms than the script. Yet the best lines are good, such as when the emperor, disguised as a seaman, boards a ship and says, "A position above decks would have been more appropriate.' Or when his love interest, Pumpkin, responds after he tells her his true identity: "You're not Napoleon! I hate Napoleon! He has filled France with widows and orphans! He took my husband. I won't let him take you." There are truths there to make a revolution.

Our hero tries his hand at selling melons, marshalling his crew with his great leadership rhetoric, and wins the love of Pumpkin, her son, and himself after 6 years of humiliating, loveless exile.

When the film opens with the young son showing colored slides of the emperor's life on a primitive projector, you can feel the romance and the warmth for the rest of the film. When you wake with Napoleon on ship to see a stunning sunrise, you know Alessio Gelsini Torresi is a cinematographer worth watching.

This sweet film, softly extolling the grandeur of simple love, takes it final cue from Candide, where that weary traveler laid his weary heart in his garden. This Napoleon had said, "I place my trust in only two things: my will and the love of the people of France." He finds now a redemptive will to survive and, without egotism or violence, a love of one person to satisfy an empire.

This is good old-fashioned romance, history, and fiction all in one small but unforgettable film, a bit like the subject himself.



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