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Waterloo

  • Drama
  • 1970
  • Sergei Bondarchuk
  • 128 mins
  • U

Summary

Napoleon returns from exile on Elba and regains control of the French army in a bid to reclaim his empire and depose the king. Meanwhile, the Duke of Wellington marshals the allied forces for the fateful battle to come and the day that will change the course of history. Drama, with Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, Orson Welles, Jack Hawkins, Dan O'Herlihy, Michael Wilding and Virginia McKenna.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rod Steiger gives a magnificent performance as Napoleon - all hot rages and cool calculation - as he heads for his destiny in Belgium in this epic history lesson from Ukrainian director Sergei Bondarchuk. Steiger even manages to upstage the thousands of Soviet soldiers recruited as extras for the battle scenes, yet he's nearly outshone by Christopher Plummer as the Duke of Wellington, whose arrogance shows his contempt for lower-class cannon-fodder. Bondarchuk filmed in Italy and the Ukraine, and the result is a mightily credible reconstruction of events that changed the course of history. It's the two major performances, though, that lift it out of the textbooks and give it humanity.

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Credits

Cast

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Napoleon BonaparteRod Steiger
Duke of WellingtonChristopher Plummer
Louis XVIIIOrson Welles
General Thomas PictonJack Hawkins
Duchess of RichmondVirginia McKenna
Marshal Michel NeyDan O'Herlihy
Lord GordonRupert Davies
Marshal SoultIvo Garrani
General DrouotGianni Garko
Sir William PonsonbyMichael Wilding
Private O'ConnorDonal Donnelly
Lord UxbridgeTerence Alexander
De LanceyIan Ogilvy
TomlinsonOleg Vidov

Crew

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DirectorSergei Bondarchuk

Details

Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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