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Napoléon 

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
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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
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Mark Reed-Klevberg Mark Reed-Klevberg ...  Secrétaire Bonaparte 4 episodes, 2002
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Andrew Hefler Andrew Hefler ...  Estafette blessé Danube 4 episodes, 2002
Doug Rand ...  Percier 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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He was a master of war and peace. His struggle was with love. See more »


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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

17 September 2002 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Napoléon See more »

Filming Locations:

Agadir, Morocco See more »

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Budget:

€41,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(4 parts) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In July 2003 dollars, the film costs $46,330,000 to make. 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: Man was given speech to disguise his thoughts, and words to disguise his eyes. Don't trust anything, or anyone.
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Alternate Versions

Shot simultaneously in French and English. For the French version, the French actors spoke in French, the rest recited their dialogues in English and were later dubbed by other actors. For the English version, the French actors repeated the same shots reciting the dialogues in English. See more »

Connections

Featured in History Buffs: Master and Commander (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

La Rencontre Avec Le Pape (The Meeting with the Pope)
Written by Richard Grégoire
Performed by Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309
Courtesy of Virgin Classics
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Well, at least it's accurate!
22 April 2003 | by benoit-3See all my reviews

I admit I found it a little hard to stomach Christian Clavier (Jacquouille la Fripouille from « Les Visiteurs » and Astérix from the Astérix films) as Napoléon, especially when that role has been interpreted in English by the likes of Marlon Brando, Charles Boyer, Herbert Lom and Rod Steiger and in French, by the likes of Albert Dieudonné, Daniel Gélin, Sacha Guitry, Raymond Pellegrin and Jean-Louis Barrault. Because of all those famous precedents, one has come to expect in the role a kind of forceful but graceful personality. Clavier plays him a little bit on the educated warthog side, but that's OK because so did Marlon Brando.

IMDb users seem to hate this TV movie for all the wrong reasons. It can't be faulted for historical accuracy. There is every indication that almost every single word spoken in this script was actually said by the protagonists. And here is at least one English-language movie that doesn't show Napoléon's soldiers taking aim at the Sphinx's nose for target practice (an English myth). The sets and costumes are magnificent. The action is a little simplified for my taste but it allows the viewer a more unencumbered comprehension of the timeline. I have seen many French movies that naturally expect their French audience to know all the dates and the battles by heart and take it from there, so to speak. I am sure that the DVD version, which is longer, will reconcile many critics with scenes that seemed a little too short on TV.

I only noticed two major goofs in the whole four hours. John Malkovitch seems to think he is too great an actor to accept suggestions as to the pronunciation of French names, either from his co-stars or from a French coach, which must be responsible for his coasting through every possible phonetic permutation of the words 'Duc d'Enghien' in the course of an hour, some of them successful. Also, the same character warns Joséphine not to go to Poland before Napoléon has even met Marie Waleska, which is mysterious indeed. Did he actually know they would meet and fall in love?

But, all in all, it is a magnificent effort in a TV series, one that is not without its artistic and poetic merits.


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