Waterloo (1970)



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This lavishly costumed historical epic had an estimated $100 million price tag. Spectacularly photographed battle action contrasts with often plodding individual scenes that bog down the plot. Fearing his growing power, European monarchs force Napoleon Bonaparte (Rod Steiger) to abdicate as Emperor and retire to Elba, and the French are concerned they will be outnumbered by a force of combined armies from many countries in Europe. Napoleon no sooner says goodbye to his loyalist troops than he … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Hal Craig, Vittori Bonicelli, Sergey Bondarchuk
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 11, 2005



as Napoleon

as Wellington

as Louis XVIII

as Duchess of Richmond

as Gen. Thomas Picton

as O'Connor

as Lord Uxbridge

as Lord Gordon

as Marshal Soult

as Gen. Drouot

as Vicomte Pierre Cambr...

as William De Lancey

as Uxbridge

as Marshal Gebhard Bluc...

as Le Bedoyere

as Gen. Muffling

as Lord Richard Hay

as Tomlinson

as Marquis Grouchy

as Vicomte Pierre Cambr...

as Duke of Richmond

as Constant

as Sir John Colborne

as Capt. Ramsay

as Capt. Normyle

as Gen. August Gneisena...

as Capt. Mercer

as McKevitt

as Mulholland

as Delessart

as Marshal Berthier

as Oudinot

as Joseph Fouche

as Saint-Cyr

as Sir John Colborne

as Gen. Bertrand

as Duke of Richmond

as Charles X

as Tamburo Maggione

as De Vitrolles

as Prince of Brunswick

as Kellerman

as 1st Sergeant

as 2nd Sergeant

as 3rd Sergeant

as Wounded Officer

as Fainting Soldier

as Officer with Welling...

as Officer of the 13th ...

as Lady Webster

as Lady of the Court

as Soldier with Ney

as Lancer with Napoleon...

as Coulincourt
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Critic Reviews for Waterloo

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

August 12, 2005

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Audience Reviews for Waterloo

What's good about this work? Steiger as Napoleon and Plummer as Wellington. And a glorious project that's as sumptuous as imagination could make it, lavish in numbers of people and in costumes and sets. But the story's too big. They couldn't get it all in. So you get crowds of well dressed folks simply standing around in some scenes. And if one is unfamiliar with the story forget about understanding the huge battle scenes. There's a better chronicle on this epic, historic battle somewhere, there must be.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Not bad for an old war movie. Funny and interesting.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

At first, King Louis XVIII(Orson Welles) is none too worried when Napoleon(Rod Steiger) begins his comeback tour from Elba with a thousand men. When that number becomes substantially much, much larger, the king figures it might be a good time for an extended vacation. That's okay because the Duke of Wellington(Christopher Plummer) is waiting patiently in Belgium for the emperor to make his move. In the meantime, he attends a gala or two.

"Waterloo" is a splendidly produced extravagansa, centered around the famed battle and turning point in history. While it is clearly apparent the huge amount of research that went into the making of this movie, it sadly never truly comes alive. Part of this comes down to the narrow focus on Wellington and Napoleon, especially about how different they may have been. In fact, the first half hour comes perilously close to becoming a one man show which is not entirely bad since Rod Steiger makes a surprisingly effective Napoleon. That's also at the detriment of almost everybody else which partially short circuits the movie's otherwise profound final statement.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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