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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 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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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

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2.35 : 1
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Filmed both in English and French. See more »

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As the Romans march on Alesia, the various camera shots show they shields worn alternately on their left arm and on their right arm See more »

Quotes

Guttuart: King of the Arverians, leader of great warriors, what do you see after this great victory?
Vercingetorix: I see all the peoples of Gaul united.
Guttart: United? Under the dark desire of revenge?
Vercingetorix: No, I want to force Ceasar back on the same road himself built. It's movement which uses the the pretext of the free movement of goods and men to accelerate the orders of the empire, which stangles us to satisfy its ambition. In my father's memory, I will realize the magic he wanted to create: to chase the Germans and Romans ...
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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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Le rêve d'un homme
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Poor Vercingetorix... he got dragged into infamy once again.
19 July 2004 | by jlpicard1701ESee all my reviews

The English title itself is stupid and misleading.

Unfortunately it should have been the story of Vercingetorix, King of the Gauls, but it falls short in its intent. Although the Cast is hard-working and professional the movie is a weak action-adventure nonsense. If you compare it to "Gladiator" it pales and fades away into nothingness.

My supposition being, that it was conceived for a TV audience and probably was intended as a mini-series (a 2x90min. TV movie), in which case some silent and motionless scenes could be explained away as being the remnants of what should have been an interesting plot-twist of the longer version, and instead some battle scenes (some of which we might never know to which battlefield they would belong... must have been a director's afterthought just to bring life to an otherwise boring film) could have been better organized to follow the plot.

"Braveheart" and "Gladiator" it ain't. What remains is oblivion.

Poor Vercingetorix, had he lived to watch this, he would have hunted down the director rather than Julius Caesar. The French didn't honor much their hero this time...


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