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Astérix et la surprise de César (1985)

Not Rated | | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 30 July 1986 (USA)
Obelix falls for a new arrival in his home village in Gaul, but is heartbroken when her true love arrives to visit her. However, the lovers are kidnapped by Romans; Asterix and Obelix set ... See full summary »

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René Goscinny (comic), Albert Uderzo (comic) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Carel ... Astérix (voice)
Pierre Tornade Pierre Tornade ... Obélix (voice)
Pierre Mondy ... Caius Obtus (voice)
Serge Sauvion Serge Sauvion ... Jules César (voice)
Henri Labussière Henri Labussière ... Panoramix (voice)
Roger Lumont Roger Lumont ... Briseradius (voice)
Michel Barbey ... Le centurion Vapetimus (voice) (as Michel Barbet)
José Luccioni José Luccioni ... (voice)
Yves Barsacq Yves Barsacq ... Ordralphabétix (voice)
Edmond Bernard Edmond Bernard ... (voice)
Paul Bisciglia Paul Bisciglia ... (voice)
Gérard Croce Gérard Croce ... (voice)
Jean-Pierre Darras ... Abraracourcix (voice)
Alain Doutey ... (voice)
Philippe Dumat Philippe Dumat ... Farfelus, le marchand d'esclaves (voice)
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Obelix falls for a new arrival in his home village in Gaul, but is heartbroken when her true love arrives to visit her. However, the lovers are kidnapped by Romans; Asterix and Obelix set out to rescue them on a dangerous journey that will involve gladiators, slavers and beauracracy - and a personal encounter with the Emperor himself, Julius Caesar... Written by Benjamin Evans <benj@whitley.unimelb.edu.au>

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Beating down a path to Rome!


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Official Sites:

asterix .com [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 July 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asterix - gallernas hjälte See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie Getafix tells that Panacea is the niece of the chief. This fact was not stated in any of the Asterix books. See more »

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When Caesar is presented gifts from all the provinces of the Roman empire, Egypt is mentioned with them. During Caesar's lifetime, Egypt was still independent, despite having somewhat of a vassal status. 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 Berlinerisch. See more »

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Follows Astérix et Cléopâtre (1968) See more »

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Asterix est la
Music by Vladimir Cosma
Lyrics by Plastic Bertrand
Performed by Plastic Bertrand
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Not the worst of the movies, but by Belenos this is weak...
6 July 2002 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

As bob the moo notes, "Asterix et la surprise de Cesar" (or "Asterix Vs. Caesar" in English) is based on two of the Asterix books. The problem with this movie is that the books in question - "Asterix the Gladiator" and "Asterix the Legionnary" - are two of the best of the lot, and either one would have made a good tale on its own, but in adapting them as one movie screenwriter Pierre Tchernia didn't do either one any favours, in addition to throwing in some odd new material (check out the attendant at the sauna Obelix visits at one point - the indication that the former is... um... checking out the latter is a bit out of place among the sternly heterosexual series).

The animation is okay, but nothing to write home about; and hearing the inhabitants of the small village of indomitable Gauls speak with American accents is distracting (though not as distracting as "Asterix Conquers America," the worst of the animated movies, which had our hero speaking in the Liverpudlian tones of Craig Charles in the English release). And note the presence of Plastic Bertrand singing over the opening and end credits (insert famous Belgian joke here).

The earlier films in the series, especially "Asterix and Cleopatra" and "The Twelve Tasks of Asterix," are better; and it's a tough call on whether this or the live-action "Asterix and Obelix Take On Caesar" is preferable - in terms of bringing the characters to the screen and in terms of entertainment and competence this one is, but then again this one doesn't have Laetitia Casta...


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