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Waterloo (1970)

Facing the decline of everything he has worked to obtain, conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte and his army confront the British at the Battle of Waterloo.

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(as Sergei Bondarchuk)

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(story and screenplay), (screenplay collaboration) (as Sergei Bondarchuk) | 1 more credit »
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Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Napoleon Bonaparte
... Arthur Wellesley - Duke of Wellington
... Louis XVIII
... Gen. Sir Thomas Picton
... Duchess of Richmond
... Marshal Michel Ney
... Gordon
... La Bedoyere
... Drouot
Ivo Garrani ... Soult
... De Lancey
... Ponsonby
Sergo Zakariadze ... Blucher (as Serghej Zakhariadze)
Terence Alexander ... Uxbridge
... Sauret
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Storyline

After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him. The best of the British generals, the Duke of Wellington, beat Napolean's best generals in Spain and Portugal, but has never faced Napoleon. Wellington stands between Napoleon with a makeshift Anglo-Allied army and the Prussians. A Napoleon victory will plunge Europe back into a long term war. An allied victory could bring long term peace to Europe. The two meet at Waterloo where the fate of Europe will be decided. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Waterloo. The battle that changed the face of the world. See more »


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Release Date:

29 October 1970 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Battle of Waterloo  »

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| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The picture's opening credits don't start until about the 12:37 minute mark. See more »

Goofs

When the Prussians are first seen advancing through the wheat field, the wheat in front of them is trampled down (presumably from previous takes of the shot or the route they took to get onto the other side of the hill) See more »

Quotes

Napoleon Bonaparte: [in pain from the early stages of stomach cancer] My body is dying, but my mind is still good!
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Featured in War of 1812 (1999) See more »

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A timeless classic
28 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

There can be no denying that this is a great film to watch.

Pure historians may dispair at some inaccuracies, although in a previous review I notice that a reviewer has made a few mistakes of his own! Air burst shells were quite the norm in fact the RHA were firing over the heads of the British troops at Hugomont the shells exploding over the French, these balls were hollow in nature and fused, in addition to this (although not seen in the film) were the RHA's rockets, which although forbidden by Wellington, were also fired of lierally. A feature I like which is included but wrong are the cannons shown in infantry squares firing at the advancing French cavalry and the troops then closing rank again to fend of the attackers. At the time of making it was still widely believed this happened.

A fair chunk of the story derives from Victor Hugo's descriptions of the battle which in turn were wrong. Bottom line is that I was a much younger man when the movie first came out and it fostered a great interest in finding out more. I feel it is a timeless 'film of its time'. Naturally a re-make would be a wonderful thing in todays modern world but the original does convey some of the depth, noise and smoke of the day.


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