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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Alexandra Maria Lara ...  Comtesse Marie Walewska 3 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:

Napoleon See more »

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

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In July 2003 dollars, the film costs $46,330,000 to make. See more »

Goofs

When Napoleon is with Eleanore Denuelle and his son to say goodbye, his hair is parted on his left side. When he leaves and turns around at the door, Napoleon's hair is parted on his right side. See more »

Quotes

Maréchal Joachim Murat: The road to Namur.
Napoléon: Perfect. The Pope will think we've run into him totally by chance. I cannot let him imagine that I would make an effort to meet him. I owe him no more respect than to any petty little king.
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Connections

References Le souper (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Vers Strasbourg (Towards Strasbourg)
Written by Richard Grégoire
Performed by Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309
Courtesy of Virgin Classics
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A mixed bag
9 May 2005 | by AJS218See all my reviews

On the plus side: the costumes and interiors are magnificent, Isabella Rossellini is good as Josephine, the historical events depicted are presented accurately, and the series gets better as it goes along (don't give up after the muddled first episode!).

On the minus side: we never really get a feel for what Napoleon actually stood for or why and how he was such a military genius, the film dwells on his private life when it could be dealing with the huge social and political issues of the time, the actors playing some of the secondary characters are laughably bad (Murat, Ney, Marie-Louise), and one has to strain to hear the dialogue (due to the foreign accents, background noise and music).

As for Christian Clavier, it's amazing how the comments on his performance stretch from "brilliant" to "trash." My own view is that he was off the mark as the younger Napoleon, but as the mature Napoleon had basically the right look and plenty of gravitas.

A good contribution to the body of film about the Emperor but also full of flaws.


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