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In this historical drama, the home of Countess Marie Walewska (Greta Garbo) is briefly overrun with Russian Cossacks before fleeing the oncoming Polish forces. When it is discovered that Napoleon Bonaparte (Charles Boyer) is smitten with her from a prior encounter, Marie journeys to a meeting with the emperor to implore him to save Poland from further Russian aggression. Though it would mean the ruin of her marriage and reputation, she is tempted to give in to his amorous advances.

Cast & Crew

Greta Garbo
Countess Marie Walewska
Charles Boyer
Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte
Alan Marshall
Capt. d'Ornano
Henry Stephenson
Count Anastas Walewski
Leif Erickson
Paul Lachinski
Dame May Whitty
Dame May Whitty
C. Henry Gordon
Prince Poniatowski
Maria Ouspenskaya
Countess Pelagia Walewska
George Houston
Grand Marshal George Duroc
George Zucco
Sen. Malachowski (uncredited)
Noble Johnson
Roustan (uncredited)
Scotty Beckett
Alexandre Walewska (uncredited)
Henry Kolker
Sen. Wybitcki (uncredited)
Ivan Lebedeff
Cossack Captain (uncredited)
Lois Meredith
Countess Potocka (uncredited)
Oscar Apfel
Count Potocka (uncredited)
Betty Blythe
Princess Mirska (uncredited)
Salka Viertel
Writer
Herbert Stothart
Original Music
Karl Freund
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Critic Reviews for Conquest

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (5)

  • Major credit goes to Clarence Brown for direction.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Directed by Clarence Brown, the film has one of the most notable scripts to come out of Hollywood in many a month. However, had it not been for the magnificent performance of Charles Boyer as Napoleon we fear the whole might have sagged badly.

    October 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Conquest has all the magnificence you might expect of a film that combines the life of Napoleon, the art of Garbo, and the fabulous production resources of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

    July 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Though not one of Grabo's best film, the historical romance about Napoleon and Polish Countess Walewska is made in the classy middlebrow mode of MGM in the 1930s. Boyer received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination.

    July 21, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • The story veers towards the melodramatic, but the period trimmings -- from the gorgeous costumes (which really come into their own during the ballroom set piece) to the richly detailed set design -- quite compensate for any romantic cliché.

    May 24, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Major credit goes to Clarence Brown for direction.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Directed by Clarence Brown, the film has one of the most notable scripts to come out of Hollywood in many a month. However, had it not been for the magnificent performance of Charles Boyer as Napoleon we fear the whole might have sagged badly.

    October 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Conquest has all the magnificence you might expect of a film that combines the life of Napoleon, the art of Garbo, and the fabulous production resources of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

    July 23, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Though not one of Grabo's best film, the historical romance about Napoleon and Polish Countess Walewska is made in the classy middlebrow mode of MGM in the 1930s. Boyer received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination.

    July 21, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • The story veers towards the melodramatic, but the period trimmings -- from the gorgeous costumes (which really come into their own during the ballroom set piece) to the richly detailed set design -- quite compensate for any romantic cliché.

    May 24, 2003 | Full Review…

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