The Horseman on the Roof (1996)

The Horseman on the Roof



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In this beautifully mounted historical drama, Angelo Pardi (Olivier Martinez), an Italian soldier, is fleeing his country in 1832. After the fall of Napoleon, Austria is swooping down on Italy to take control of the nation, and like many patriots, Pardi is hoping to escape to France and fight for their freedom abroad rather than submit to Austrian rule. However, as Pardi discovers upon arival, an epidemic of cholera is sweeping the land, leaving death in its wake and causing most people to be … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jean-Claude Carriere, Nina Companéez, Jean-Paul Rappeneau
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On DVD: Jun 3, 2003
Franco London Films



as Pauline de Theus

as Angelo Pardi

as Governess

as Wayfarer

as Maggionari

as Monsieur Peyrolle

as Magistrate

as Old Harvester

as Sick Servant

as Guiseppe

as Austrian Agent

as Austrian Agent

as Austrian Agent

as The Farmer's Wife

as Harvester

as The Inn Owner

as The Cholera Sufferer

as Edmond, the Little B...

as Camille, the Little ...

as Militiaman

as The Man in the Apron

as The Old Man

as The Sick Lady

as Madame Terrasson

as The Lady at the Wind...

as The Bourgeois

as Madame Marguerite

as The Owner of the For...

as Blacksmith

as Blacksmith

as The Hysterical Man

as The Excited Man

as Police Station Emplo...

as Man With the Sabre

as Brigadier Maugin

as The Sergeant

as Young Man on the Far...

as Rigoard

as Madame Peyrolle

as Madame Rigoard

as Monsieur Barthelemy

as Madame Barthelemy

as Grandmother

as Doctor Arnoux

as Religious Woman

as Religious Woman

as Alexandre Petit

as Fugitive

as Fugitive

as The Peasant in the T...

as Laurent de Theus
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Critic Reviews for The Horseman on the Roof

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (12)

Production values count for something, and it's a good thing, too, because this French period piece takes two hours and then some to reach its conclusion without reaching even a trot.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for The Horseman on the Roof


The Horseman On The Roof, is a lovely foreign film starring Juliette Binoche and Oliver Martinez.

Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

This gorgeous movie was set in the cholera period which wiped out the whole of Europe in 10 days. Juliette Binoche, was gorgeous as ever. The thing about this movie though that it's seems to be a romance but you don't see it anywhere but just hints of it and feel the sexual tensions between the 2 main characters. Rather disappointing for some but it's that exact same formula which makes it such a beautiful movie to watch. To top it off, it was filmed in the French countryside which is so breathtaking that you could just watch the movie for the cinematography alone. All in all, it's a superb movie in the tradition of finely French costume dramas.

Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer


Bad ending - BAD! They don't get together? What the hell! Oh that's right there's the "hope" of a future reconciliation. Whatever. And I have to say this, with respect mind you but, omg - every character I've ever seen Juliette Binoche play has totally annoyed me and pissed me off! She's so irritating and pathetic! Here he is trying to help her and she causes problems with her stupidity every single time!!! Run away Olivier, run away!!

sloopy chicken lips (aka Cynthia)

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