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Series cast summary:
 Joseph Fouché 4 episodes, 2002
Ennio Fantastichini ...
 Hortense 4 episodes, 2002
Alain Doutey ...
 Maréchal Ney 4 episodes, 2002
André Oumansky ...
Jacques Brunet ...
 Roger-Ducos 4 episodes, 2002
Jean-Gabriel Nordmann ...
 Roederer 4 episodes, 2002
Sylvain Corthay ...
 Dr. Corvisard 4 episodes, 2002
David Francis ...
Florence Darel ...
 Madame Récamier 4 episodes, 2002
Alain Teulié ...
 Hippolyte Charles 4 episodes, 2002
Michel Ouimet ...
 Docteur Ivan 4 episodes, 2002
Philip Lenkowsky ...
 Cipriani 4 episodes, 2002
Tom Rack ...
 Pêcheur 4 episodes, 2002
Geneviève Grandbois ...
 Femme pêcheur 4 episodes, 2002
Patrick Bordier ...
 Vétéran 4 episodes, 2002
 Geoffroy St-Hilaire 4 episodes, 2002
Benjamin Sacks ...
 Jeune soldat pestiféré 4 episodes, 2002
Emmanuel Karsen ...
 Soldat hôpital 4 episodes, 2002
Deborah Rudetzki ...
Grégoire Bonnet ...
Laurence Margerie ...
Constance Dollé ...
Tomas Jaka ...
 Grenadier blessé St-Cloud 4 episodes, 2002
Laurent Larcher ...
 Soldat St-Cloud 4 episodes, 2002
Tristan Lignier ...
 Officier Tuileries 4 episodes, 2002
Grégoire Vigneron ...
 Laquais Tuileries 4 episodes, 2002
Bruce McEwen ...
 Estafette Tuileries 4 episodes, 2002
Lee Michelsen ...
 Huissier Tuileries 4 episodes, 2002
Mark Reed-Klevberg ...
 Secrétaire Bonaparte 4 episodes, 2002
László Görög ...
Andrew Hefler ...
 Estafette blessé Danube 4 episodes, 2002
Mike Dineen ...
Zsolt Zágoni ...
 Adjudant Vincennes 4 episodes, 2002
Stéphane Bourquin ...
 Officier Fontainebleau 4 episodes, 2002
Shawn Howard ...
 Ordonnance Fontainebleau 4 episodes, 2002
Christian Abomnes ...
 Ordonnance Hudson Lowe 4 episodes, 2002
Patrick Albenque ...
 Policier 4 episodes, 2002
François-Xavier Anseaume ...
 Architecte 4 episodes, 2002
Peter Bartfay ...
Václav Chalupa ...
Leslie Clack ...
 Dignitaire 4 episodes, 2002
Julie du Page ...
 Jeune femme palais Erfurt 4 episodes, 2002
Bill Dunn ...
 Dignitaire 4 episodes, 2002
Couy Griffin ...
 Aide de camp église 4 episodes, 2002
Richard Harris-Temple ...
 Policier 4 episodes, 2002
Zoltán Karácsony Pulika ...
 Cavalier ferme 4 episodes, 2002
Curtis Matthews ...
 Officier QG Barras 4 episodes, 2002
Franck Neckebrock
Tibor Pintér ...
 Aide de camp 4 episodes, 2002
Gerard Whelan ...
 Officier Ettenheim 4 episodes, 2002
 Klemens Metternich 2 episodes, 2002
Mavie Hörbiger ...
 Marie-Louise d'Autriche 2 episodes, 2002
 Marchand 2 episodes, 2002
Léopoldine Serre ...
 Petite fille attentat 2 episodes, 2002
Andy Cam ...
 Homme attentat 2 episodes, 2002
 Policier rue St-Nicaise 2 episodes, 2002
Jerry Di Giacomo ...
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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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Release Date:

17 September 2002 (Italy)  »

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

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The series takes place from October 1795 to May 5, 1821. See more »


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 »


Napoléon: How should I address you? Monsignor, since you were a bishop, Your Excellency because the Revolution made you ambassador to England, or Minister because you are in charge of France's foreign relations?
Charles Talleyrand: Most people call me Talleyrand. Just Talleyrand.
Napoléon: Ah, yes, like just "God"?
Charles Talleyrand: Or Satan.
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La Retraite de Napoleon (The Retreat of Napoleon)
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Excellent performance by M. Clavier
2 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I was never interested in Napoleon. Although I visited the Louvre I didn't go to see Napoleon's chambers, which are on display there. I would have never watched this series if it wasn't for the actors in it. And now, after six hours of Napoleon and nothing but Napoleon, I actually got interested in the chap and think about reading a biography. And I'm sure this is down to the excellent performance of Christian Clavier. Simple as that.

Okay, his English could be a tiny bit better, agreed, but I rather get used to an accented English than to a bad performance by English native speakers. Christian Clavier is truly an excellent actor, although he might be best known (in France) for his parts in very silly comedies. If he only decided to take more "serious" parts, maybe more people would notice what a fantastic talent he has. What he can express just with his eyes is quite stunning. But that may be a female point of view...

The other well known actors had, of course, smaller parts, in comparison. But none of them was miscast. And I especially liked how actors from different countries once again worked together. This as well is what the European idea is about.

One of the few things I didn't like were the flashbacks at the end. They were completely out of place and should be cut out. They don't make sense at all at the end of the film.

And a last remark about Monsieur Clavier's language skills: The first way he said "Ich liebe dich" got me guffawing, the second way he made my heart melt. Maybe he should think about doing a film in German...?

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