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The Twelve Tasks of Asterix (1976)

Les 12 travaux d'Astérix (original title)
The Gauls have the chance to become the new masters of the Roman empire if they can solve twelve tasks set by Julius Cesar.

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René Goscinny (story), Albert Uderzo (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Carel ... Astérix / Les 2 sénateurs (voice)
Jacques Morel Jacques Morel ... Obélix (voice)
Pierre Tornade Pierre Tornade ... Abraracourcix (voice)
Henri Labussière Henri Labussière ... Le réceptionniste (voice)
Jean Martinelli ... César (voice)
Pascal Mazzotti Pascal Mazzotti ... (voice)
Lawrence Riesner Lawrence Riesner ... (voice)
Claude Dasset Claude Dasset ... (voice)
Roger Lumont Roger Lumont ... Cylindrique le Germain, prof de karaté allemand (voice)
Gérard Hernandez Gérard Hernandez ... Le vénérable du sommet (voice)
Henri Virlojeux Henri Virlojeux ... Panoramix / Iris (voice)
Nicole Vervil ... (voice)
Jacques Hilling Jacques Hilling ... (voice)
Henri Poirier Henri Poirier ... (voice)
Mary Mongourdin Mary Mongourdin ... (voice)
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Storyline

When Julius Cesar fears, that he will probably never be able to defeat the gaulic village of Asterix and his friends, he has the idea of offering the Gauls a deal: if they are able to solve twelve tasks that he selected, he will hand over the Roman empire to them. If not, they have to submit. Written by Michael Zink

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Twelve mighty tasks to prove the Gauls are gods or mortals!


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Country:

France | UK

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Release Date:

17 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The cook who prepares meals for Obélix is Belgian and talks with a Brussels accent. He is accordingly called Mannekenpix, after The famous statue of Manneken Pis. See more »

Goofs

When Julius Caesar lists the Twelve Labours of Hercules, several of them are wrong, namely Hercules killing Geryones and Diomedes and Hercules freeing Theseus from the underworld. Hercules killed Geryones while having to steal his cows; when Hercules had to steal Diomedes's men-eating horses he fed Diomedes to the horses; Hercules went into the underworld to capture the multi-headed dog Cerberus, during which he also rescued the captive Theseus. See more »

Quotes

Obelix: Oh, Asterix! He called me "Fatty!"
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Follows Astérix et Cléopâtre (1968) See more »

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Still makes me laugh after twenty years
23 October 2006 | by rh86See all my reviews

This was one of the first films I actually remember watching and I had already read a few of the comics and loved them. Recently I found my parents still had the video and watched it again. And I still loved it. Brief summary, after yet another defeat by the indomitable Gauls, Caeser decides that the only reason for this is that the Gauls are Gods and sets out twelve tasks to prove this. Asterix and Obelix are selected to perform the tasks with hilarious consequences.

Although a non original story unlike the other Asterix films this film brilliantly captures the charm and the humour of the comics. With jokes about the ancient world and the modern day (the take on bureaucracy is side splitting), coming up with a few modern inventions on the way and a musical number thrown into the middle you won't keep a straight face throughout.

Admittedly compared to recent animation this film doesn't look or sound as good as it might but it was made on a low budget 30 years ago. It's still funny and the visual gags still work. Plus you can use it to teach kids the twelve tasks of Hercules.


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