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Philippe Torreton ... Napoléon Bonaparte
Richard E. Grant ... Hudson Lowe
Jay Rodan ... Basil Heathcote
Elsa Zylberstein ... Albine de Montholon
Roschdy Zem ... Marshal Bertrand
Bruno Putzulu ... Cipriani
Stéphane Freiss ... Gen. Montholon
Frédéric Pierrot ... Gen. Gourgaud
Siobhan Hewlett ... Betsy Balcombe
Peter Sullivan ... Thomas Reade
Stanley Townsend ... Dr. O'Meara
Igor Skreblin Igor Skreblin ... Ali
Blanche de Saint-Phalle Blanche de Saint-Phalle ... Fanny Bertrand
Jake Nightingale Jake Nightingale ... Carpenter
Bernard Bloch Bernard Bloch ... Von Holgendorp


How can Napoleon, the man of war and pioneering military strategist, meekly accept being locked up on a storm-lashed rock in the middle of the Atlantic ocean? What system of defence, and thus of attack, can he dream up to loosen his jailers' grip? On Saint Helena, the far-flung island chosen by his enemies, Napoleon fights a mysterious battle, his last and most important, and one that History has kept secret all these years? Written by Anonymous

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Le plus grand mystère de notre histoire tient en une seule lettre


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French | English | Corsican

Release Date:

12 February 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Napoleão - A Última Batalha do Imperador See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »


Box Office


€15,920,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,149, 18 March 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,802, 20 March 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Napoleon is seen working on a crossword puzzle. The first such puzzle appeared in 1913, almost a century after the scene supposedly took place. See more »


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a new perspective
12 August 2004 | by menzih2001See all my reviews

funny, almost saddening how the one who tells the story first makes it their own at the truth's expense. a brilliant piece of motion picture artistry yet the undeniable undertones of English supremacy left a bad taste in my mouth. true to the genius of napoleon, but one has to question whether it was the intellectual workings of a genius' mind we were bearing witness to or the one who unwittingly outwits the genius, even though by the dumbest of luck. the mind is the most unforgiving of captures and physical captivity is a mere detail if compared to it. that is what i came out of the movie in awe of. the story has been recycled and repetitively told much to the detriment of it's truth and purity; and even though it has been airbrushed to do away with the blemishes, one can not help but feel that the newly-created veneer of English supremacy was the gremlin in their propaganda machine.

i highly recommend the movie, intriguing to the final scene.

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