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Druids (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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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
Rousy Chanev Rousy Chanev ... (as Roussi Tchanev)
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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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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:

The Gaul 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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Filmed both in English and French. See more »

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The type of armor being used by the Romans is the Lorica Segmentata, which was not introduced until fifty years later, and even then was never in such widespread use. See more »

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Guttuart: He's going where nothing more can be written. The greater the magic, the greater the price that must be paid.
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Two versions of the film were shot: one a French-speaking version, the other an English-speaking version. See more »


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Average but spectacular storytelling about Vercingetorix and Caesar
12 May 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

'Vercingetorix (2001)' or Druids by Jacques Dorffman is a so-so recounting about Caesar and Vercingetorix , it boasts a nice cast with Chistopher Lambert , Ines Sastre and Klaus Maria Brandauer . This is an inferior Sword and Sandals tale and a standard film from the 2000s . It's made middling scale with some spectacular battles and in Peplum style .Young Vercingetorix (Chistopher Lambert) came of age in 60 B.C., as soldiers of the Roman Empire ran roughshod over Gaul and his brave father was imprisoned and fired alive by Romans , then he seeks vendetta , as every battle needs a hero . A wise and philosophical druid called Guttuart (Max Von Sidow) , tells the avenger Vercingetorix that he should seek peace , justice and vengeance by winning freedom for Gaul from the Romans. It concerns about angry Vercingetorix and conqueror Julius Caesar and their famous existence on Gaul , including feats , fights , political events , betrayal , wars and lover (Ines Sastre) . Vercingetorix provokes a general rebellion against Roman domination , he rallies his people and tribes when they are threatened by an army commanded by Julius Caesar (Klaus Maria Brandauer) , as an entire nation's destiny lies in the hands of one man. His people made hima leader, the empire made him a renegade , history made him a hero.

Although the deeds described are historically inaccurate , some events are vivid and authentic . The action is regularly done with middling interpretations and the story occasionally drags for an uneven script by Rospo Pallenberg who previously wrote Excalibur , however to be liked for Christopher Lambert fans . The picture is partially based on real events . These are the followings : Gallic chieftain Vercingetorix (dead at 46 b.c) was an insightful and heroic warrior , whose valiant father was captured and executed by Romans , he was leader a massive rebellion against Roman domination . He seeks peace ,order , justice and victory by winning freedom for Gaul from the invaders Romans , and soon he raises an army of his own to defeat Julius Caesar , but in time Vercingetorix is betrayed by a great leader and he joins a powerful army to vanquish Caesar and bring Guttuart's prophesy to life. Vercingetorix was definitely defeated in Alesia , where took place a long siege . He was taken prisoner and led to Rome . Then he's coerced to a handcuffed parade throughout the Rome streets , being killed after six years in prison . Later on , Caesar, married Calpurnia, and is appointed Consul for life and then he crossed river Rubicon . His history is written by Julius Caesar himsef in 'Comments about War of Gaul' or 'De Bello Galico', also he wrote in brilliant and elegant style 'Comments about Civil War' or 'De Bello Civili'. The film contains a colorful cinematography by Stefan Ivanov and Plamen Somov , shot in Bulgaria, Sofia . And atmospheric and evocative musical score by Pierre Charvet. The motion picture was regularly directed by Jacques Dorfmann and shot both in English and French . He's a good writer and especially producer as ¨Quest of fire ¨ , ¨Bethune¨, ¨ Shock treatment ¨ , ¨ Army of Shadows ¨, and occasionally director as ¨Vercingetorix¨ and ¨Shadow of the wolf¨.

Other adaptations about Vercingetorix and Caesar are the followings : Vercingetorix (2004) TV by Uli Edel with Jeremy Sisto as Caesar and Heino Ferch as Vercingetorix . ¨Julius Caesar conqueror of Gaul¨ by Americo Anton with Cameron Mitchell, Rick Battaglia , Raffaella Carra , Carlo Tamberlani . Furthermore , known Shakespearian renditions as 'Julius Caesar (1953)' by Joseph L Mankiewicz with Louis Calhern as Caesar and Marlon Brando as Marcus Antonius and " Julius Caesar" a Stuart Burgue version (1970) starred by Charlton Heston , Diana Rigg .


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