Waterloo

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Movie Info

Exiled Napoleon (Rod Steiger) leaves Elba, enters Paris and then meets the Duke of Wellington (Christopher Plummer) in the 1815 Battle of Waterloo.

Cast & Crew

Rod Steiger
Napoleon Bonaparte
Christopher Plummer
Arthur Wellesley
Orson Welles
Louis XVIII
Virginia McKenna
Duchess of Richmond
Michael Wilding
Colonel Sir William Ponsonby
Jack Hawkins
General Sir Thomas Picton
Dan O'Herlihy
Marshal Michel Ney
Sergei Bondarchuk
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H.A.L. Craig
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Critic Reviews for Waterloo

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Audience Reviews for Waterloo

  • Sep 26, 2014
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2012
    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
  • Jan 11, 2011
    Massive battle scenes and a superb cast. The script often sounds a bit strangled as it leans heavily on attributed quotes. The film was a joint Soviet/Italian collaboration made in 1970 and it seems no coincidence that political and socialogical differences between Napoleon and his adversaries are highlighted - the dictator Bonaparte is shown as very much a man of his people whereas his aristocratic opponents exhibit an air of superiority to and distain for their working class rank and file. All in all it's not a perfect film but it truly is an epic spectacle.
    The S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2011
    Not bad for an old war movie. Funny and interesting.
    Curtis L Super Reviewer

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