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Waterloo (1970)






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This historical drama, follows the exile of Napoleon Bonaparte (Rod Steiger) and his struggle to regain the French throne, culminating in his defeat at Waterloo in 1815.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Sergey Bondarchuk, Hal Craig, Vittori Bonicelli
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 11, 2005
Columbia Pictures


Rod Steiger
as Napoleon
Orson Welles
as Louis XVIII
Virginia McKenna
as Duchess of Richmond
Jack Hawkins
as Gen. Thomas Picton
Terence Alexander
as Lord Uxbridge
Rupert Davies
as Lord Gordon
Ivo Garrani
as Marshal Soult
Gianni Garko
as Gen. Drouot
Eugene Samoilov
as Vicomte Pierre Cambr...
Ian Ogilvy
as William De Lancey
Sergei Zakariadze
as Marshal Gebhard Bluc...
Philippe Forquet
as Le Bedoyere
John Savident
as Gen. Muffling
Peter Davies
as Lord Richard Hay
Oleg Vidov
as Tomlinson
Charles Millot
as Marquis Grouchy
Yevgeny Samoylov
as Vicomte Pierre Cambr...
Andre Esterhazy
as Duke of Richmond
Jeffrey Wickham
as Sir John Colborne
Willoughby Gray
as Capt. Ramsay
Adrian Brine
as Capt. Normyle
Karl Liepinsc
as Gen. August Gneisena...
Richard Heffer
as Capt. Mercer
Colin Watson
as McKevitt
Charles Borromel
as Mulholland
Franco Fantasia
as Delessart
Giorgio Sciolette
as Marshal Berthier
Jean Louis
as Oudinot
Rodolfo Lodi
as Joseph Fouche
Filippo Perego
as Saint-Cyr
Jeffry Wickham
as Sir John Colborne
Boris Molchanov
as Gen. Bertrand
Andre Eszterhazy
as Duke of Richmond
Aldo Cecconi
as Charles X
Valentino Skulme
as Tamburo Maggione
Camillo A. Rota
as De Vitrolles
Fred Jackson, Jr.
as Prince of Brunswick
Lev Poliakov
as Kellerman
Guglielmo Ambrosi
as 1st Sergeant
William Slater
as 2nd Sergeant
Alan Elledge
as 3rd Sergeant
Alexander Paromenko
as Wounded Officer
Valerij Gurjev
as Fainting Soldier
Paul Butkevich
as Officer with Welling...
Igor Yasulovich
as Officer of the 13th ...
Isabella Albonico
as Lady Webster
Andrea Dosne
as Lady of the Court
Ivan Milanov
as Soldier with Ney
Vladimir Butenko
as Lancer with Napoleon...
Rino Bellini
as Coulincourt
Eugene Samoilov
as Vicomte Pierre Cambr...
Igor Jasulovic
as Officer of the 13th ...
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Critic Reviews for Waterloo

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

August 12, 2005

Full Review… | August 2, 2004

Full Review… | August 7, 2004

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

Waterloo Quotes

Wellington: Napoleon is not a gentleman.
Duchess of Richmond: What an Englishman you are!
Wellington: On the battlefield his hat is worth fifty thousand men. But he's not a gentleman!
– Submitted by Michael H (12 months ago)
Napoleon: I have come back to make France happy! I am France and France is me!
– Submitted by Michael H (4 years ago)
Napoleon: Well, they've done it. All the great powers have declared war against me. Not against France -- against me!
Marshal Michel Ney: They honor you by making you a country.
Napoleon: Honor? They deny me the decency of law. They make it legal for any clown to kill me!
– Submitted by Michael H (4 years ago)
Lord Richard Hay: If you would take the men into your confidence....
Wellington: If I thought my hair knew what my brain was thinking, I'd shave it off and wear a wig.
– Submitted by Michael H (4 years ago)

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