The year is 1816, and Napoleon, held prisoner by the British on the island of St. Helena, is telling the young English girl Betsy his life story. His meteoric rise to military prominence ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Christian Clavier ...  Napoléon 4 episodes, 2002
Isabella Rossellini ...  Joséphine de Beauharnais 4 episodes, 2002
Gérard Depardieu ...  Joseph Fouché 4 episodes, 2002
John Malkovich ...  Charles Talleyrand 4 episodes, 2002
Anouk Aimée ...  Letizia Bonaparte 4 episodes, 2002
Heino Ferch ...  Armand Augustin Louis, Marquis de Caulaincourt 4 episodes, 2002
Ennio Fantastichini Ennio Fantastichini ...  Joseph Bonaparte 4 episodes, 2002
Marie Bäumer ...  Caroline Bonaparte 4 episodes, 2002
Ludivine Sagnier ...  Hortense 4 episodes, 2002
Alain Doutey ...  Maréchal Ney 4 episodes, 2002
Claudio Amendola ...  Maréchal Joachim Murat 4 episodes, 2002
André Oumansky André Oumansky ...  Sieyes 4 episodes, 2002
Jacques Brunet Jacques Brunet ...  Roger-Ducos 4 episodes, 2002
Jean-Gabriel Nordmann Jean-Gabriel Nordmann ...  Roederer 4 episodes, 2002
Sylvain Corthay Sylvain Corthay ...  Dr. Corvisard 4 episodes, 2002
Tamsin Egerton ...  Betzy 4 episodes, 2002
David Francis David Francis ...  Hudson Lowe 4 episodes, 2002
Florence Darel Florence Darel ...  Madame Récamier 4 episodes, 2002
Alain Teulié Alain Teulié ...  Hippolyte Charles 4 episodes, 2002
Michel Ouimet Michel Ouimet ...  Docteur Ivan 4 episodes, 2002
Philip Lenkowsky Philip Lenkowsky ...  Cipriani 4 episodes, 2002
Tom Rack Tom Rack ...  Pêcheur 4 episodes, 2002
Geneviève Grandbois Geneviève Grandbois ...  Femme pêcheur 4 episodes, 2002
Patrick Bordier Patrick Bordier ...  Vétéran 4 episodes, 2002
Christopher Heyerdahl ...  Geoffroy St-Hilaire 4 episodes, 2002
Benjamin Sacks Benjamin Sacks ...  Jeune soldat pestiféré 4 episodes, 2002
Emmanuel Karsen Emmanuel Karsen ...  Soldat hôpital 4 episodes, 2002
Deborah Rudetzki Deborah Rudetzki ...  Julie 4 episodes, 2002
Grégoire Bonnet Grégoire Bonnet ...  Louis 4 episodes, 2002
Laurence Margerie Laurence Margerie ...  Élisa 4 episodes, 2002
Constance Dollé Constance Dollé ...  Pauline 4 episodes, 2002
Dimitri Michelsen ...  Eugène 4 episodes, 2002
Tomas Jaka Tomas Jaka ...  Grenadier blessé St-Cloud 4 episodes, 2002
Laurent Larcher Laurent Larcher ...  Soldat St-Cloud 4 episodes, 2002
Tristan Lignier Tristan Lignier ...  Officier Tuileries 4 episodes, 2002
Grégoire Vigneron Grégoire Vigneron ...  Laquais Tuileries 4 episodes, 2002
Bruce McEwen Bruce McEwen ...  Estafette Tuileries 4 episodes, 2002
Lee Michelsen Lee Michelsen ...  Huissier Tuileries 4 episodes, 2002
Mark Reed-Klevberg Mark Reed-Klevberg ...  Secrétaire Bonaparte 4 episodes, 2002
László Görög László Görög ...  Marbot 4 episodes, 2002
Andrew Hefler Andrew Hefler ...  Estafette blessé Danube 4 episodes, 2002
Doug Rand ...  Percier 4 episodes, 2002
Mike Dineen Mike Dineen ...  Fortin 4 episodes, 2002
Zsolt Zágoni Zsolt Zágoni ...  Adjudant Vincennes 4 episodes, 2002
Stéphane Bourquin Stéphane Bourquin ...  Officier Fontainebleau 4 episodes, 2002
Shawn Howard Shawn Howard ...  Ordonnance Fontainebleau 4 episodes, 2002
Christian Abomnes Christian Abomnes ...  Ordonnance Hudson Lowe 4 episodes, 2002
Patrick Albenque Patrick Albenque ...  Policier 4 episodes, 2002
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Peter Bartfay Peter Bartfay ...  Soldier 4 episodes, 2002
Václav Chalupa Václav Chalupa ...  Isabey 4 episodes, 2002
Leslie Clack Leslie Clack ...  Dignitaire 4 episodes, 2002
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The year is 1816, and Napoleon, held prisoner by the British on the island of St. Helena, is telling the young English girl Betsy his life story. His meteoric rise to military prominence begins with his victory over the Royalists in 1795, which is followed by campaigns in Italy and Egypt. He marries the young and capricious Josephine de Beauharnais, the love of his life, who unfortunately cannot bear him any children. After a coup d'état he seizes power in France and crowns himself Emperor of the French in 1804. After his decisive victory at Austerlitz, Napoleon reorganizes Europe and makes his relatives into princes and kings. Continuing resistance by the Spanish results in some initial losses, however. Meanwhile, Napoleon is increasingly fascinated by other women, including the Polish patriot Maria Walewska, who bears him a son. Napoleon intends to found an imperial dynasty, however, to strengthen his position. After divorcing Josephine, he marries the Austrian princess Marie-Luise,... Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

17 September 2002 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Agadir, Morocco See more »

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€41,000,000 (estimated)
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(4 parts) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The series was shot simultaneously in French and English, thus two versions exist, with the exact same actors and near-identical edits, but a different original language. See more »

Goofs

All the battle scenes, intended to be a highlight of the series with significant numbers of soldiers presented, oddly and inaccurately show soldiers advancing slowly in short half-steps when in reality they marched at full stride. See more »

Quotes

Charles Talleyrand: Well, Marquis, how is this little mission of ours going? We've prepared the ground successfully, I hope?
Marquis de Caulaincourt: Well, I've been preparing balls, concerts, banquets, hunting parties, firework displays... The Emperor wants to dazzle the Czar with a display of his power. His Majesty says nothing helps negotiations more, especially with a man as civilized as Alexander.
Charles Talleyrand: Yes, well, the sovereign of Russia may very well be civilized, but his people are not. In France, of course, it's the other way round.
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Connections

References Le souper (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

La Naissance du Roi de Rome (The Birth of the King of Rome)
Written by Richard Grégoire
Performed by Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309
Courtesy of Virgin Classics
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Interesting and accurate, but....
16 April 2006 | by koolsbergenSee all my reviews

All my life I was fascinated by the Emperor of the French so I was glad to find this movie on DVD. As far as I know this is a pretty accurate description of the life and - particularly - the wars of Napoléon. I liked most of the actors and certainly Christian Clavier. However, three things could have been done better. To begin with there are too many battle scenes while it's impossible to keep overview; instead I would have preferred more attention for the political developments in the Napoleontic era. Then I don't understand why the movie is in the English language; Napoléon and his friends spoke French! My main objection is that it's difficult to identify with the main characters. Why does Napoléon do what he does, what's going on in the minds of Murat or Ney, what exactly attracts Walewska to Napoleon, etcetera? For people interested in what Napoléon might have moved, I strongly recommend the film 'Waterloo' (Bondarchuk 1970) with an overwhelming Napoléon played by Rod Steiger!


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