Rod Steiger
Director: Sergei Bondarchuk Cast: Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
, Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
, Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Sergei Bondarchuk

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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 begins to rally his men and prepare for another takeover. King Louis XVIII (Orson Welles) sends Marshal Michel Ney (Dan O'Herlihy) and his men to counter Bonaparte, but upon seeing his old commander (and ally), Ney thrusts his sword to the ground and takes up arms with the deposed emperor. They all return to Paris by popular demand, defying the orders of Louis (who flees from the palace) and running the monarchy tout seul. Soon England, Austria, Prussia and Russia unite to try and stop the dictator. Wellington (Christopher Plummer) readies his troops near Waterloo, refuses to retreat anymore, and waits for Prussian Marshall Blucher (Sergei Zakhariadze) and his army to join up with the British as the only hope to stop the French juggernaut. Jack Hawkins and Michael Wilding portray key military commanders Picton and Ponosby, respectively. Napoleon and his troops cut into the Prussian and British forces dramatically, weakening their power, but three problems arise. First, Ney refuses to lead his segment of the troops onward; and second, Bonaparte's men are plagued by the wet weather, which causes the cannon brigade to become immobilized in mud (when Wellington strategically gives Bonaparte's troops the lower ground) rendering it ineffective until late in the day. And even more calamitously, Bonaparte - growing increasingly ill -- insists on leading his men from the rear, which causes the information to become outdated as soon as it gets to him. The Russian version of this film was nearly four hours long, while western audiences saw an edited version slightly over two hours long. Unfortunately, Waterloo bombed at the box office.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2007
UPC: 4897007030415
Original Release: 1970
Rating: NR
Source: Castaway Pictures
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sales rank: 2,041

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rod Steiger Napoleon
Christopher Plummer Wellington
Orson Welles Louis XVIII
Jack Hawkins Gen. Thomas Picton
Virginia McKenna Duchess of Richmond
Dan O'Herlihy Marshal Michel Ney
Rupert Davies Gordon
Philippe Forquet Le Bedoyere
Ian Ogilvy De Lancey
Michael Wilding Ponsonby
Sergei Zakariadze Marshal Gebhard Blucher
Terry Alexander Uxbridge
Andrea Checchi Sauret
Donal Donnelly O'Connor
Charles Millot Grouchy
Oleg Vidov Tomlinson
Charles Borromel Mulholland
Roger Green Duncan
Susan Wood Sarah
Yevgeny Samoylov Vicomte Pierre Cambronne
Vladimir Druzhnikov Gerard
Vasily Livanov Percy
Rodolfo Lodi Joseph Fouche
Giuliano Raffaelli McDonald
Lanfranco Ceccarelli Rumigus
Volodia Levchenko Drummer
Guidarino Guidi Fat Man
Armando Bottin Legros
Adrian Brine Capt. Normyle
Aldo Cecconi Charles X
Peter Davies Lord Richard Hay
Franco Fantasia Delessart
Gianni Garko Gen. Drouot
Ivo Garrani Marshal Soult
Willoughby Gray Capt. Ramsay
Richard Heffer Capt. Mercer
Jean Louis Oudinot
Orazio Orlando Constant
John Savident Gen. Muffling
Irina Skobtseva Maria
Jeffry Wickham Sir John Colborne
Andre Eszterhazy Duke of Richmond

Technical Credits
Sergei Bondarchuk Director,Screenwriter
Vittori Bonicelli Screenwriter
H.A.L. Craig Screenwriter
Emilio D'Andria Set Decoration/Design
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Maria de Matteis Costumes/Costume Designer
Alberto de Rossi Makeup
Mario Garbuglia Production Designer
Ferdinando Giovannoni Art Director
Willoughby Gray Consultant/advisor
Gino Landi Choreography
Armando Nannuzzi Cinematographer
Ugo Pericoli Costumes/Costume Designer
Nino Rota Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Waterloo
1. Napoleon in Exile to Elba [19:21]
2. Return of the Emperor [21:02]
3. Wellington Confronts Napoleon [21:54]
4. Back to Battlefield By Diversive Strategy [20:55]
5. Tiger in the Cage [22:28]
6. The Tide Is Turned [21:55]

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