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Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999)

Astérix & Obélix contre César (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 3 February 1999 (France)
Inhabitants of the last unconquered village in Gaul (ancient France) use a magical potion to hold their independence from Roman invaders.

Director:

Claude Zidi

Writers:

René Goscinny (comic book), Albert Uderzo (comic book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Clavier ... Astérix
Gérard Depardieu ... Obélix
Roberto Benigni ... Lucius Detritus
Michel Galabru ... Abraracourcix
Claude Piéplu ... Panoramix
Daniel Prévost ... Prolix
Pierre Palmade Pierre Palmade ... Assurancetourix
Laetitia Casta ... Falbala
Arielle Dombasle ... Mme Agecanonix
Sim ... Agecanonix
Marianne Sägebrecht ... Bonnemine
Gottfried John ... Jules César
Jean-Pierre Castaldi Jean-Pierre Castaldi ... Caius Bonus
Jean-Roger Milo Jean-Roger Milo ... Cetautomatix
Jean-Jacques Devaux Jean-Jacques Devaux ... Ordralfabetix
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Storyline

The well-known little village from the Asterix and Obelix-comic books is in trouble: It is the last place not controlled by Rome. When Tax collector Claudius Incorruptus does not get his money from the villagers, Julius Caesar himself comes to the place to see what's so special about their resistance. A special magic potion, prepared by the village's druid, gives incredible power to those who drink it. And Obelix, who fell into the pot as a child has been invincible ever since. With the help of Tullius Destructivus, an intrigeur, the Romans try to get Obelix and the druid into their hands in order to wipe the little village off the map, when the last potion of it's stock has been used up. But each individual also has some plans of his own... Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Taglines:

The Gauls are revolting!


Certificate:

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Country:

France | Italy | Germany

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

3 February 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar See more »

Filming Locations:

Brittany, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 274,620,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$304,245, 4 June 1999

Gross USA:

$1,644,060

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,644,060
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 1999, its budget of $48 million, or 274,620,000 FRF, was said to make it the most expensive French film ever. However, the budget for Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002) at $47 million, or 327,000,000 FRF, was said to make it the costliest French film ever. Accounting for economic variances, either title may earn this dubious recognition. See more »

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The beating the Roman legionnaires take when the Gauls are on their potion frenzy would most certainly kill them or leave them crippled. Some of them are thrown tens of meters up in the air and the impact from this itself would likely kill them in an instant. Most of them just get back on their feet moments after they fall back down on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Astérix: Look - the Man in the Iron Mask!
Obélix: Have they written that yet?
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This movie is dedicated to René Goscinny See more »

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Version of Asterix and Caesar (1985) See more »

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Written by Luc Plamondon, Michel Berger
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France's revenge for "The Flintstones"!
1 January 2001 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

The previous adaptations of the great Goscinny-Uderzo characters were all animated (including "Asterix vs. Caesar," which uses some of the same source material as this one). The most recent one, "Asterix Conquers America," suffered from the voice of Craig Charles as Asterix and from awful music by Harold Faltermeyer, but at least it wasn't live-action... unlike this one, which went down as well with the British moviegoing public as "Les Visiteurs," i.e. not very well at all.

The script was taken from several different books, leaving a not very streamlined plot; the(weak)humour was more adult (read: dirty) than you'd expect; the special effects weren't (especially the CGI spiders all over Asterix); and Roberto Benigni's overacting came through even with his being dubbed (like everyone else) into English.

However, Gerard Depardieu did make a good Obelix.

And if you're only watching this to drool over Laetitia Casta (which is, let's face it, not the worst reason to watch it), God's gift to lingerie doesn't spend much time on screen until the homestretch, when she does a Britney Spears in the video for "Lucky," if - in the words of Joe Bob Briggs - you know what I mean, and I think you do.


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