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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.

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

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 Ivo Garrani ... Soult
Ian Ogilvy ... De Lancey
Michael Wilding ... Ponsonby
Sergo Zakariadze 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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Taglines:

The Men, the Battle, The Glory, The World Will Remember Forever See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Technical Specs

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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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Trivia

Actor Terence Alexander, who played Lord Uxbridge, has said that Russian intelligence organization the KGB were monitoring non-Russian cast members throughout the production. See more »

Goofs

When the Prussian troops appear, the music of "Deutschland ueber alles" can be heard. "Deutschland ueber alles" only became the national anthem of Germany in 1922. It was never used by Prussia. See more »

Quotes

Gen. August Gneisenau: [to Blucher on Wellington's request to move in the direction of Waterloo] If Wellington runs to the coast, none of us will make it home to Berlin. I do not trust the English, nonetheless because I have served you before, sir...
Field Marshal Gebhard von Blucher: [Disgusted with Gneisenau] I am seventy-two and a proud soldier. This sword is steel! I am too old to break it.
Gen. August Gneisenau: Very well, I have ordered the retreat to Wavre. You may still co-operate with the Wellington, but God help us if he does not stand.
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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 »

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A timeless classic
28 November 2004 | by rattusnorvidicusSee 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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