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Waterloo (1970)

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

Director:

Sergey Bondarchuk (as Sergei Bondarchuk)

Writers:

H.A.L. Craig (story and screenplay), Sergey Bondarchuk (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 overview, first billed only:
Rod Steiger ... Napoleon Bonaparte
Christopher Plummer ... Arthur Wellesley - Duke of Wellington
Orson Welles ... Louis XVIII
Jack Hawkins ... Gen. Sir Thomas Picton
Virginia McKenna ... Duchess of Richmond
Dan O'Herlihy ... Marshal Michel Ney
Rupert Davies ... Gordon
Philippe Forquet ... La Bedoyere
Gianni Garko ... Drouot
Ivo Garrani ... Soult
Ian Ogilvy ... De Lancey
Michael Wilding ... Ponsonby
Sergo Zakariadze ... Blucher (as Serghej Zakhariadze)
Terence Alexander ... Uxbridge
Andrea Checchi ... 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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The Men, the Battle, The Glory, The World Will Remember Forever See more »


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Trivia

The picture was a commercial failure at the theatrical box office in 1970. Producer Dino De Laurentiis blamed the film's poor performance on the picture's lack of stars. See more »

Goofs

The Duchess of Richmond tells Wellington to keep Hay safe as she doesn't want Sarah to wear black before she's worn white - in other words, to have to mourn Hay's death before they're even married. However, white did not become routinely worn at weddings in the West until after 1840, when Queen Victoria's unconventional choice of that colour for her wedding dress made it fashionable. See more »

Quotes

Napoleon Bonaparte: [watching the advance of troops in the distance] Prussians.
[Ney aims his own telescope]
Napoleon Bonaparte: That is not necessary, that is not necessary. They're Prussians, but as far as the army's concerned, they're on the moon. Understand?
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Alternate Versions

All UK video and DVD releases are cut by 22 secs to remove horse falls. The B.B.F.C have cut 'Waterloo' in accordance with their policy of censoring scenes showing actual (or what appears to be actual) cruelty inflicted upon animals during filming. For instance, in the British DVD release the scene where the French Cavalry charge the red-coated British squares has lost a few seconds where a horse and rider topple forward after being gunned down. This was cut because of the scene's apparent use of the 'Running W' device, a notorious (and illegal) technique in which a stunt rider charges a horse into a 'W' shaped trip wire to make it fall forwards head over heels on-cue. All horse falls can be seen uncut on the American Region One DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (1999) See more »

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Amazing Waterloo
23 May 2005 | by waterloo3_99See all my reviews

There is no need to extol the virtues of this movie. Probably the greatest war film ever made with superb period detail, the movie has always suffered from poor distribution. There was a VHS edition in the 1980s but it seems unlikely that it will make it onto DVD in the US. There is a British edition which has about 10 additional minutes over the earlier US VHS version. Somewhere there is an original Russian version that is rumored to contain well over 3 hours of footage. Perhaps these missing scenes fill in more the Prussian involvement in the battle, and may include their earlier defeat at Ligny which the movie only briefly shows as an aftermath scene. The same is true with the British at Quartre Bras. Some day maybe a directors cut will show these deleted scenes. Until then Waterloo shall remain an incomplete classic! Still, as it is the movie is a feast for all students of warfare in this period. Everything is accurate down to uniforms, military music, and weapons.


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Country:

Italy | Soviet Union

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1970 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Waterloo: The Last Hundred Days of Napoleon See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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