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The Gaul (2001)

Vercingétorix (original title)
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An entire nation's destiny lies in the hands of one man.

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Jacques Dorfmann

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Jacques Dorfmann (screenplay), Jacques Dorfmann (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Christopher Lambert ... Vercingétorix (as Christophe Lambert)
Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Julius Caesar
Max von Sydow ... Guttuart
Inés Sastre ... Epona
Denis Charvet Denis Charvet ... Cassivelaun
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ... Dumnorix
Maria Kavardjikova ... Rhia
Yannis Baraban Yannis Baraban ... Litavic
Vincent Moscato ... Moscatos
Jean-Pierre Rives Jean-Pierre Rives ... Teuton Chief
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuri Angelov Yuri Angelov ... (as Youri Angelov)
Atanass Atanassov Atanass Atanassov
Jean Pierre Bergeron ... Diviciac (as J.P. Berger)
Patrice Bissonnette Patrice Bissonnette
Rousy Chanev Rousy Chanev ... (as Roussi Tchanev)
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Storyline

Young Vercingetorix came of age in 60 B.C., as soldiers of the Roman Empire ran roughshod over Gaul and his father was captured and executed by Romans. A wise and philosophical druid, Guttuart, tells the angry Vercingetorix that he should seek justice by winning freedom for Gaul from the Romans. As an adult, Vercingetorix becomes a brave and insightful warrior, and at first joins forces with the charismatic Julius Caesar. But in time Vercingetorix is betrayed by the great leader, and soon he raises an army of his own to defeat Caesar and bring Guttuart's prophesy to life. Written by Anonymous

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His people made him a leader. The empire made him a renegade. History made him a hero. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Belgium | Canada

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

24 January 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Druids See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed both in English and French. See more »

Goofs

As the kids (young Vercingetorix and Epona) walk past the table being prepared for the feast, we see a shot of the people standing around the table. The kids change directions and begin to run instead. The camera then changes to a different angle and suddenly everybody around the table has changed positions, even though the kids just started running from the spot where they were just walking. (some people are on opposite sides now, some appear out of nowhere) This is supposed to be one continuous shot but it is clear to see that this scene was filmed at different times and edited together as one. See more »

Quotes

Julius Ceasar: When Alexander the Great was ten years younger than I am today, he had conquered the entire civilized world.
Vercingetorix: At your age, he was dead
Julius Ceasar: All the more reason to hurry.
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Le rêve d'un homme
Performed by Sonia Lacen
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Worse than waiting in line at the DMV
11 March 2002 | by gallus-2See all my reviews

I can't add a lot to the comments already made by those who gave this movie a bad review. It really is horrible. You know an adventure movie is bad when you find yourself fast-forwarding through the battle sequences.

I rented this movie without carefully reading the plot outline on the jacket. I saw the title "Druids," read that it was about Vercingetorix, and assumed that the movie was based on the so-so book by Morgan Llywelyn, which I had read. However, the movie has nothing to do with the book. The movie has nothing to do with Druids. The movie has nothing to do with anything. I'm not even sure there was a script (despite the fact that there were at least two writing credits). If there was a script, I'm not sure anyone in the movie bothered to read it.

The casting is good for a mild chuckle. I love how the young Vercingetorix, who speaks with a distinct American accent, grows up to be Christopher Lambert, who barely manages to spit out vaguely understandable English, warped by a grating French accent that could peel paint.

Bad sets, bad costumes, bad cinematography, bad casting, bad direction, bad acting, bad editing, bad research, bad music, bad hair. I would recommend this movie only for insomniacs who have already tried all the other sleep-inducing agents available on the market.

Where can Christopher Lambert go from here? "10-10-220" commercials?


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