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12 February 2003 (France) See more »
Le plus grand mystère de notre histoire tient en une seule lettre
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  (in credits order)

Philippe Torreton ... Napoléon Bonaparte

Richard E. Grant ... Hudson Lowe

Jay Rodan ... Basil Heathcote

Elsa Zylberstein ... Albine de Montholon

Roschdy Zem ... Marshal Bertrand

Bruno Putzulu ... Cipriani

Stéphane Freiss ... Gen. Montholon

Frédéric Pierrot ... Gen. Gourgaud

Siobhan Hewlett ... Betsy Balcombe

Peter Sullivan ... Thomas Reade

Stanley Townsend ... Dr. O'Meara
Igor Skreblin ... Ali
Blanche de Saint-Phalle ... Fanny Bertrand
Jake Nightingale ... Carpenter
Bernard Bloch ... Von Holgendorp

Christopher Bowen ... Col. Bingham

Michael Culkin ... Adm. Cockburn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges de Caunes

Kate Duchêne ... Madame Balcombe

James Gerard ... Lieutenant Walker

Tessa Jubber ... Prostitute
Jim Adhi Limas ... Le vieux chinois
Chasa Pascual ... Le jeune Bourgeois
Caroline Preller ... La Femme du Bal

Matthew Dylan Roberts ... British soldier (as Matthew Roberts)
Arnaud Marcon ... Dancer (uncredited)
François Marthouret ... Récitant (seul film annonce) (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Antoine de Caunes 
Writing credits
René Manzor (scenario)

Pierre Kubel (original idea)

René Manzor  dialogue

Produced by
Jeff Abberley .... co-producer
Pierre Kubel .... producer
Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar .... producer
Joel Phiri .... co-producer
Teri-Lin Robertson .... service producer
Kara Walters .... co-producer
Original Music by
Stephan Eicher 
Cinematography by
Pierre Aïm 
Film Editing by
Joële Van Effenterre 
Production Design by
Patrick Durand 
Art Direction by
Gerard Drolon 
Set Decoration by
Gérard Marcireau 
Costume Design by
Carine Sarfati 
Makeup Department
Frédéric Balmer .... assistant makeup artist
Frédéric Balmer .... special makeup effects artist
Jean-Pierre Berroyer .... key hair stylist
Dominique Colladant .... special makeup effects artist
Sophie Landry .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Benoît Charrié .... unit manager
Bruno Daniault .... post-production manager
Martin Jaubert .... unit manager
Maud Quiffet .... assistant unit manager: Saint Malo
Pascal Ralite .... production manager
Antoine Vierny .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anne Gilles .... second assistant director
François Guérin .... first assistant director: second unit
Shaun O'Dell .... second unit director
Valérie Othnin-Girard .... first assistant director
Isabelle Terrissol .... second assistant director: second unit
Art Department
John Leon Bennett .... set dresser
Bertrand Clercq-Roques .... assistant art director (as Bertrand Clerq-Roques)
Jean-René Coulon .... props
Lathiem Groenmeyer .... art department assistant
Fabien Lacaf .... storyboard artist
Brenton Lockets .... standby set decorator
Cyril Mignot .... set swing gang
Francois Poublan .... set swing gang
Marius Pretorius .... scenic artist
Patrick Schmitt .... props buyer
Pierre Smit .... scenic painter
Gilles Ségurel .... property master
Elise Tulli .... assistant decorator
Liz van den Berg .... lead scenic
Etienne Janse van Rensburg .... lead scenic
Sound Department
Steve Cook .... sound supervisor: UK
Colin Cooper .... adr recordist
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Frederic Gibert .... assistant sound supervisor
Dominique Levert .... sound
Didier Lozahic .... re-recording mixer
Laurent Lévy .... foley artist
Dan Neiman .... cable person assistant
Bridget O'Driscoll .... sound editor
Kath Pollard .... re-recording assistant
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Jérôme Wiciak .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Guy Monbillard .... special effects
François Philippi .... special effects
Visual Effects by
David Danesi .... visual effects supervisor
Michel Kinfoussia .... digital effects artist
Adrien Lepineau .... digital compositor
Martin Lipmann .... digital effects artist
Franck Malmin .... visual effects supervisor
Pilon .... digital compositor
Stephan Pilon Lectez .... digital compositor
Stephan Pilon Lectez .... digital effects artist
Gamiette Rémi .... compositor
Bruno Sommier .... motion control
Delphine VanBay .... matte painter
Pènèlope Vandecave .... digital compositor
Joëlle Baland .... horse stunt
Daniel Breton .... stunts
Michel Carliez .... stunt coordinator
Cecil Carter .... stunt coordinator
Gaëlle Cohen .... stunts
David Doucinot .... horse stunt
Yves Girard .... stunts
Albert Goldberg .... stunts
Gary Green .... stunt performer
Richard Finn Gregory .... stunt performer
Dan Hirst .... stunts
Grant Kilian .... horse wrangler
Mario Luraschi .... horse stunt
Mick 'Stuntie' Milligan .... stunts
John Smith .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Nicolas Beauchamp .... assistant camera
Berto .... camera operator
Franck-Norman Bihi .... electrician
Adrian Boerlage .... darkroom loader
Steven Caddie .... grip
Philippe Canu .... grip
Stéphane Cry .... electrician
Guy Ferrandis .... still photographer
Mannie Ferreira .... second unit: first assistant camera
Raphael Jourdan .... key grip: second unit
Romain Lacourbas .... second assistant camera: France
Antoine Laurens .... assistant camera
Philip Lozano .... second assistant camera: second unit
Shaun O'Dell .... director of photography: second unit
Richard Rolf .... Steadicam operator
Jean-Pierre Supe .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Sarah Beardsall .... casting: UK
Catherine Deserbais .... extras casting
Reg Poerscout-Edgerton .... casting assistant: UK
Mito Skellern .... extras casting coordinator: South Africa
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandrine Bernard .... wardrobe
Nathalie Chesnais .... costume supervisor
Laurence Nicolas .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Julie Clemencin .... assistant editor
Nicolas Criqui .... digital conformation
Emmanuel Le Ridant .... telecine dailies colorist
Yvan Lucas .... colorist
Philippe Reinaudo .... digital intermediate technical director
Ludivine Saes .... assistant editor
Location Management
Marianne Capian .... location scout
Christophe Chauveau .... location scout
Dougal Cousins .... location scout: Ireland
Music Department
Benjamin Caillaud .... music editor
Amélie de Chassey .... music supervisor
Françoise Gnéri .... alto
Didier Lozahic .... music editor
Didier Lozahic .... score mixer
Didier Lozahic .... score recordist
Delphine Mathieu .... music supervisor
Achim Meier .... musician: piano solo
Other crew
Morag Cameron .... script supervisor
Michel Carliez .... fight choreographer
Corinne Devaux .... choreographer
Valérie Dompnier .... production secretary
Laetitia Galitzine .... production coordinator
Joëlle Hersant .... script supervisor
Sylvie Lalanne .... production accountant
Nadege Pageau .... production accountant
Catherine Palmer .... extras coordinator
Elizabeth Palmer .... extras coordinator
Arnaud Plé .... assistant administrator
Yannick Queffelec .... dialogue coach
Grant Spooner .... marine coordination
Bruce Wentzel .... armorer

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120 min
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Anachronisms: Napoleon is seen working on a crossword puzzle. The first such puzzle appeared in 1913, almost a century after the scene supposedly took place.See more »
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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A Fascinating Story, Sifting through Legend and Fact about Napoleon's Last Days, 9 July 2006
Author: gradyharp from United States

Director Antoine de Caunes has adapted Rene Mansor's fine screenplay concerning the enigma that still exists as to the final resting place of Napoleon Bonaparte into a film that relates the period of history from 1816 to 1840 during which time the bifurcated responses of the British and French to the legend of Napoleon initiated the scandal that still piques our interest.

Opening in 1816 Napoleon (the brilliant Philippe Torreton) is imprisoned on the island of St. Helena along with his most trusted supporters and various citizens who elected to follow him into exile - with an eye on Napoleon's fortune when he dies. There is a new British Governor appointed, Hudson Lowe (Richard E. Grant), who is steely and determined to prevent Napoleon's escape and yes, even protect the British government from the costly extended prison expenditures a prolonged exile will produce. Lowe appoints Basil Heathcote (Jay Rodan) to sit in watch of the Emperor/General only to come under the spell of the mysterious Napoleon and the spell of a young girl Betsy Balcombe (Siobhan Hewlett) who is in love with Napoleon. Others among Napoleon's party include the Montholons (Stephane Freiss and Elsa Zylberstein) the latter of whom Napoleon keeps as his mistress and impregnates, Cipriani (Bruno Putzulu) his butler and half brother, Ali (Igor Skreblin) his bodyguard, Marshal Bertand (Roschdy Zem) his aide de camp, among others. Napoleon's self perception as the Emperor makes him unavailable to close scrutiny and rumors fly about his proposed escapes and about the British idea of poisoning him. There is great mystery surrounding Napoleon's ultimate death and burial and this mystery is what drives the story in flash forward sequences to the investigation of Napoleon's ultimate exhumation to see if the man buried in Les Invalides in Paris is actually Napoleon Bonaparte - and if not, where is the true Napoleon buried? The period atmosphere on St. Helena is scrupulously recreated, allowing a superb playing ground for the many fine performances by an excellent cast. We see Napoleon as we've never seen him, a multi-dimensional character with whom we, as viewers, tend to sympathize. This is not only due to the fine script but also to the unique portrayal by Philippe Torreton. The film is in both French and English, with English subtitles for the French only. And therein lies the fault of this otherwise superb film. The ambient sounds of the crashing sea and the annoyingly loud musical score by Stephan Eicher cover the English dialogue to such an extent that it cannot be heard most of the time. This is a film that would greatly benefit from re-mastering to add English subtitles for the entire film AND by making it available in full screen instead of the widescreen that reduces much of the action to miniaturization! Otherwise, this is a superb period piece that opens questions about historical accuracy that invite investigation. Grady Harp

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