A group of indomitable Gauls are challenged by Roman Emperor Julius Caesar to accomplish twelve impossible tasks.

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René Goscinny (story), Albert Uderzo (story) | 3 more credits »
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Roger Carel ... Astérix / Les 2 sénateurs (voice)
Jacques Morel Jacques Morel ... Obélix (voice)
Pierre Tornade ... Abraracourcix (voice)
Henri Labussière Henri Labussière ... Le réceptionniste (voice)
Jean Martinelli ... César (voice)
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 ... (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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In contrast to the books, Romans have no knowledge of the Gauls' magic potion which brings them to the idea that the Gauls must be gods due to their super-human strength. The movie itself appears to be a different universe than the books since it contains more fantastic elements which the books avoided (most notably ghosts and gods), the style of the humor is much more absurd, and unlike the books the plot doesn't stay true to the historical events. 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 »

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Julius Caesar: Brutus, stop playing with that knife. You'll end up hurting someone.
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Crazy Credits

The Studio Idefix logo is in the form of the MGM logo, but it features Dogmatix in the logo and bears a Roman laurel wreath; the Latin inscription reads "Delirant Est Romani" ("These Romans are crazy.") See more »

Alternate Versions

As a bonus feature for the German DVD release, each Asterix film was given a new dubbing in a German dialect. This film was dubbed in Bavarian. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine (2016) See more »

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10 August 2010 | by CuriosityKilledShawnSee all my reviews

The best Asterix film at the time of its release and certainly one of the best overall. "Twelve Tasks" was always a favorite of mine and watching it now, close to 20 years later, it's still as funny and imaginative as it ever was.

As an Asterix movie it's a bit of an anomaly. It isn't based on any of the comic-books (are they graphic novels?) and doesn't follow any of the continuity or logic of any of the other stories. But since it's by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo themselves you could hardly call it unofficial.

Julius Caesar calls a truce with the village and says that Gaul can rule Rome if they can win Twelve impossible tasks in the vein of Hercules a few thousand years ago. If they fail, they must surrender to Caesar. But with Asterix and Obelix as their chosen champions do you really think they will fail? The plot lends itself to lots of visual humor and irreverent satire. How can a kid's animated movie have this much depth and wit and still be relatively unknown in the wider world of Toy Stories and Ups? It's insane.

Definitely a great treat for Asterix fans and the perfect way to introduce new people to the franchise.


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Release Date:

17 November 1976 (USA) See more »

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The Twelve Tasks of Asterix See more »

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