7 user 39 critic

Linhas de Wellington (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 4 October 2012 (Portugal)
1:28 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

On September 27, 1810, the French troops commanded by Marshal Massena, were defeated in the Serra do Buçaco by the Anglo-Portuguese army of general Wellington. Despite the victory, ... See full summary »



9 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

As Linhas de Torres Vedras (TV Mini-Series 2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Stars: Miguel Borges, João Arrais, Nuno Lopes
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals.

Director: Raoul Ruiz
Stars: Adriano Luz, Maria João Bastos, Ricardo Pereira
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Story of the 1974 coup that overthrew the right-wing Portuguese dictatorship--which continued the fascist policies of long-time dictator Antonio Salazar--and of two young army captains who were involved in it.

Director: Maria de Medeiros
Stars: Stefano Accorsi, Maria de Medeiros, Joaquim de Almeida
Adventure | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A critique of the romantic Portuguese society of the nineteenth century.

Director: Jorge Paixão da Costa
Stars: Ivo Canelas, António Pedro Cerdeira, Bruna Di Tullio
Florbela (2012)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A compelling biography of Portuguese poet Florbela Espanca. Tainted by a number of divorces in the 1920's, Florbela resorts to her writing, filled with eroticism and femininity, to cope ... See full summary »

Director: Vicente Alves do Ó
Stars: Dalila Carmo, Ivo Canelas, Albano Jerónimo
Amália (2008)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The story of real-life singing legend Amália Rodrigues who ruled the famous Portuguese acoustic guitar and vocals based music genre called fado.

Director: Carlos Coelho da Silva
Stars: Sandra Barata Belo, Carla Chambel, Ricardo Carriço
Jaime (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A woman takes her young son, leaves her husband and moves in with her lover. The boy, desperate to get his parents back together, becomes convinced that if only he can get his father's ... See full summary »

Director: António-Pedro Vasconcelos
Stars: Saúl Fonseca, Fernanda Serrano, Joaquim Leitão
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

An young priest commits a crime when he falls in love with a beautiful and troubled woman.

Director: Carlos Coelho da Silva
Stars: Jorge Corrula, Soraia Chaves, Nicolau Breyner
Os Filhos do Rock (TV Series 2013)
Drama | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A series about the phenomenon of rock and roll in Portugal during the 1980's.

Stars: Cristovão Campos, Eduardo Frazão, João Tempera
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Satires and humorist sketches about everyday life and the ridiculousness of social interactions.

Stars: José Diogo Quintela, Ricardo de Araújo Pereira, Tiago Dores
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Continuation of the Arabian Nights stories by the structure were adapted to modern life in Portugal in three innings and the third chapter "The Owners of Dixie" has three chapters.

Director: Miguel Gomes
Stars: Crista Alfaiate, Chico Chapas, Luísa Cruz


Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcello Urgeghe ...
Major Jonathan Foster
Miguel Borges ...
Manuel Penabranca
Filipe Vargas ...
Vicente de Almeida
João Arrais ...


On September 27, 1810, the French troops commanded by Marshal Massena, were defeated in the Serra do Buçaco by the Anglo-Portuguese army of general Wellington. Despite the victory, Portuguese and British are forced to retreat from the enemy, numerically superior, in order to attract them to Torres Vedras, where Wellington had built fortified lines hardly surmountable. Simultaneously, the Anglo-Portuguese command organizes the evacuation of the entire territory between the battlefield and the lines of Torres Vedras, a gigantic burned land operation, which prevents the French from collecting supplies. This is the setting for the adventures of a multitude of characters from all social backgrounds - soldiers and civilians, men, women and children, young and old - to the daily routine torn by war and dragged through hills and valleys, between ruined villages, charred forests and devastated crops.Highly persecuted by the French, already tormented by an unmerciful weather, the mass of ... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | History | War


Not Rated | See all certifications »





| |

Release Date:

4 October 2012 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

As Linhas de Torres  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


€4,800,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (theatrical)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Official submission of Portugal to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »


Bordalo: There is no need to be disgusted. Death doesn't stick.
[picking a pair of boots from a dead soldier]
Bordalo: [subtitled version]
See more »


Edited from As Linhas de Torres Vedras (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Grotesque travesty
25 August 2017 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

A historical drama co-produced by Portugal and France. The plot takes place post Battle of Bussaco (27-09-1810) while the population and the Anglo-Portuguese troops make the strategic withdrawal for the Lines of Torres Vedras, erected by order of General Wellington, in an attempt to make a final decisive stand against the advance of the Napoleonic Army lead by Marechal Massena.

A film that had everything to be extraordinary and perhaps even a striking epic of the Portuguese cinema, with a budget around 5 million Euros, it is revolting that it does not contain a single battle scene, just two brief skirmishes. It follows too many characters none of them of consequence on the grand scheme of the theme portrayed (except Wellington and Massena), so the audience does not empathize with any of them, even with a length time of 151 minutes (2h:31m). I guess all the money went to scenery, costumes and some 'big name' actors that hardly show for a maximum of 5 minutes to quickly disappear and never be seen again. I know that the focus of this movie is on the common folks, their plights and efforts during such a terrible event, but the movie is called "Lines of Wellington", not "Evacuation to Torres Vedras"! Therefore the title is misleading, being more a soap-opera with a thematic backdrop then properly a movie about the title's theme.

So I assumed the plot would revolve around the two most influential personalities related to the event: Massena (Melvil Poupaud) and Wellington (John Malkovich). But Massena hardly has any screen time, and when he does, he rarely talks! He also should have been played by someone at least ten years older, just as the real Massena was during that time. And Wellington, who also should have been played by someone at least twenty years younger like the real Wellington was during that time, just comes out as a pompous ass, which really annoys me: sure he was pompous due to his historical, social and upbringing context, but I doubt he was an ass even more amidst a military campaign as portrayed by Malkovich! And then when comes that scene where he recites the Beef Wellington recipe, I swear I never before in my entire life felt so compelled to punch the screen! There is no proof that the two are related! John Malkovich, you are a nice actor, but I will never forgive you for making an ass out of one of the greatest European heroes, the man who defeated Napoleon Bonaparte! And your hair is ridiculous: Wellington was ahead of his time and already wore it short.

I really have no clue to what was the producers' idea behind this grotesque travesty. Have they made any minimal research? The majority of characters are purely fictional. The acting is just ordinary, except Victoria Guerra that really uplifts the scene when on screen. The soundtrack is nice but nothing epic and a bit monotonous. And don't even tell me about the 'not so' outstanding technical aspects because nowadays it is no hardship to get outstanding settings and costumes for period movies, so that does not count! - I know it should, but I won't.

For those who want to have a true historical perspective of this event and its most outstanding characters, please buy a book on the subject or consult Wikipedia because from this movie you learn nothing. The only payoff is 2 or 3 interesting dialogues and to see Soraia Chaves and Victoria Guerra naked, but not even that is sufficient to save this movie from being on my (short) list of the most hated ones.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page