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May 17, 2017
Rod Steiger deserved an Oscar for his penetrating performance as Napoleon, in Sergey Bondarchuk's consistently intriguing portrait of the many comedies and tragedies of war, conveyed through haunting imagery.
½ April 15, 2017
Quite spectacular as for a 70s war epic with tremendous cast and production. It's just unbelievable that films were being shot that way back in the days, without that infamous 'green screen'.
November 29, 2016
One of the best "classic" war films in so many ways; Steiger captures Napoleon, the emotion, his physical handicaps as well, and shows how he inspired men to follow him.
½ August 15, 2016
Deservedly forgotten mega-budget car crash, ostensibly detailing Napoleon's final skirmish with Wellington. Relentlessly incoherent, noisy and inept, it plays like an extended Monty Python sketch as directed by Sergio Leone and features Rod Steiger's hammiest performance. Only Nino Rota's rich score emerges unscathed.
June 13, 2015
This re-creation of the battle of Waterloo in this film will never be surpassed. The advent of CGI means that it will never again be possible for such a massive array of manpower to be assembled in order to make a motion picture, and therefore the portrayal of this mighty conflict will never be equalled for realism. The scenes are awe-inspiring and make one constantly marvel at the sheer magnitude of the achievement and control of such a gigantic cast.
January 28, 2015
epic historical pic dino delaurentus stylee
December 23, 2014
Huge, huge battle scenes that any epic filmmaker today would be proud of, all done without CGI! Christopher Plummer makes a good Wellington, but I'd like to see another film made of this - Wellington and Napoleon is one of history's greatest clashes of two great minds.
Super Reviewer
September 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.
½ July 7, 2014
This is probably one of my top five favourite movie of all time, thanks to it great acting and incredible scale to the end battle scene and landscape 4 1/2 star.
½ June 8, 2013
A great take on the battle of Waterloo. Is very accurate (they rely on a lot of direct quotes) and told on a large scale. There is a fair amount of internal monologing as Napoleon works out his plan, but it works in the film. Steiger is an all-right Napoleon, but Plummer is a superb Wellington. Probably the best out there. Worst think I can say about it is that it really helps if you know something about the battle beforehand.
½ June 4, 2013
A very well made film about the battle of Waterloo.
February 28, 2013
I did not like the whispers where they were talking in their head. It was not adequately presented in my opinion by whispers.

Also I felt as though the actor playing Napoleon didn't look anything like Napoleon. He was too old and not good looking enough.

I was surprised by seeing actors like Christopher Plumber and in this film.

I'm not a fan of the camera cenophotography in this film.

I hate the music in this film. It does not match the film.

I don't like how oftentimes camera changed spots during action scenes. I wished that it stayed in spots longer.

I also did not like the high speed scenes when the French calvary was going after the British mainly because it was out of place during the film, it went too long and the bad circus musical score did not match the film.

One thing this film did succeed at was showing the eminence size of both armies, the patriotism and nationalism which the French people had towards Napoleon. I thought that this film did adequately represent some of the battle tactics.
January 26, 2013
an interesting and impressive film, large bodies of troops and massive cavalry charges.
½ January 19, 2013
Quite possibly the best Napoleonic movie ever made--Absorbing and accurate, exquisite for its focus alone!!
January 16, 2013
great acting, as well as an abundance of quite and entreating momments
January 3, 2013
This is a fantastic movie! It is an historic epic with great cinematography, good acting, and a moving tragic story!
December 3, 2012
The battle scenes are well done and the costumes are outstanding. About 17, 000 extras were used in the filming. Rod Steiger as Napoleon seriously chews up great amounts of the scenery, but it is well worth the watch. Christopher Plummer is my idea of the Duke of Wellington. Orson Welles has a small role as King Louis XVIII but historically hits the nail on the head in the role.

Dan O'Herlihy looks the part of the red haired Marshal Ney, but doesn't really grab the role.

The editing is a little rough between the grand ball of the Duchess of Richmond and the start of the battle of Waterloo. An hour or two of film of the intermediate battles between the ball and Waterloo, Quatre Bras and Ligny are deleted.
½ November 3, 2012
Brilliant battle scenes and some dodgy dialogue make for an uneven film that is never-the-less epic in its proportions.
½ September 6, 2012
Sergei Bondarchuk had spent 6 years making his 4 part, 7 hour long take on War and Peace. As his follow up, Dino De Laurentiis offered him this epic on the latter life of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, a massive co-production between Italy and the U.S.S.R. It has the hallmarks of a classic film, but it does have it's shortcomings despite some brilliantly staged battle sequences. It begins in at the Château de Fontainebleau in 1814, where Napoleon Bonaparte (Rod Steiger) is forced to abdicate after the Austrians conquer Paris, and he is offered a peaceful exile to the island of Elba in the Mediterranean. But, a year later, he escapes from the island and sails back to France with an army of just 1000 soldiers, with the objective of overthrowing the restored king of France, Louis XVIII (Orson Welles), who quickly escapes. Napoleon learns of the Duke of Wellington (Christopher Plummer) leading the British into battle with the Prussian army, led by Marschall Blà 1/4cher (Sergo Zaqariadze). However, Napoleon leads the French into battle against the British at Waterloo in Belgium, beforehand the Prussian army retreat, but Wellington has a good battle plan. The battle itself is well staged, with over 15,000 Soviet Army soldiers used during the filming, but it's a flawed film with some inconsistencies, (Bondarchuk did a 4 hour cut shown in Russia, it's since vanished without trace.) It does have it's moments, and it has a good cast as well, but it's a bit overblown, like many of the epics of that period. But, this stopped Kubrick from getting his Napoleon film made. Oh, well.
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