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The Emperor's New Clothes (2001)

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During Napoleon's exile on St. Helena, some loyalists hire a look-alike to swap places with the deposed emperor. While the impostor lives in luxury on the island, the real Napoleon returns to Paris in order to retake the throne.

Director:

Alan Taylor

Writers:

Simon Leys (novel), Kevin Molony (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Holm ... Napoleon Bonaparte / Sergeant Eugene Lenormand
Iben Hjejle ... Nicole 'Pumpkin' Truchaut
Tim McInnerny ... Dr. Lambert
Tom Watson Tom Watson ... Gerard
Nigel Terry ... Montholon
Hugh Bonneville ... Bertrand
Murray Melvin ... Antommarchi
Eddie Marsan ... Louis Marchand
Clive Russell ... Sergeant Justin Bommel
Bob Mason Bob Mason ... Captain Nicholls
Trevor Cooper ... Leaud
Chris Langham ... Maurice
Russell Dixon Russell Dixon ... Dr. Quinton
George Harris ... Papa Nicholas
Niall O'Brien Niall O'Brien ... Bosun
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Storyline

Napoleon, exiled, devises a plan to retake the throne. He'll swap places with commoner Eugene Lenormand, sneak into Paris, then Lenormand will reveal himself and Napoleon will regain his throne. Things don't go at all well; first, the journey proves more difficult than expected, but more disastrously, Lenormand enjoys himself too much to reveal the deception. Napoleon adjusts somewhat uneasily to the life of a commoner while waiting, while Lenormand gorges on rich food. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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The world's most powerful man is about to fight his greatest battle... between love and glory.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2001 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Las nuevas ropas del emperador See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,474, 16 June 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$569,435, 6 October 2002
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Ian Holm, who plays the love interest of Pumpkin, played by Iben Hjejle, is about twenty-five years older than Tim McInnerny, whose character competes for the love of Pumpkin. He is fifteen years older than Iben Hjejle, making Sir Ian Holm nearly forty years older than the actress who plays his romantic counterpart. This is rare, even for Hollywood, to have such a great age difference between two cast members engaged in a "genuine" romantic relationship, particularly when the man competing for her love is much younger, taller, better looking, and a decent guy. Typically, when a woman that young is marrying a man that much older in a fictional film story, she has an ulterior motive, such as the older guy is rich and she wants his money. This is actually kind of true in real-life as well. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Napoleon Bonaparte: No, that's not it. That's not right. Let me tell you what really happened...
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A story of whimsy and the betrayal of fate.
21 March 2006 | by tnhelliottSee all my reviews

First off I need to say that Ian Hom is amazing. To be able to play two different characters of two different persuasions and bearings is mind-blowing. This film is whimsical and fun and a very good "what if" of history. Parts of it are sad and parts are humorous and all of it is good. A human element is given to characters whom are known to history solely for their deeds and every character in the film has depth of field and a real personality. Many of the scenes are played out in textbook fashion with a beginning a middle and an end with rising and falling action and yet each scene propels the story line further and is a driving force to the film as a whole. My personal favorite moment in the film is the melon scene where Naploean as an exile in his own country still becomes a general of a an army of melon merchants. Sheer brilliance and very beautiful in its humanity. This film shows that although a person can't change whop they are, everyone can change direction and find love.


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