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


Director: Sergei Bondarchuk Cast: Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
, Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
, Orson Welles
Orson Welles
, Virginia McKenna
Virginia McKenna
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- growing increasingly ill -- insists on leading his men from the rear, which causes the information to become outdated as soon as it gets to him.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
Source: Castaway Pictures
Region Code: A
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Language: English
Sales rank: 2,096

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rod Steiger Napoleon
Christopher Plummer Wellington
Orson Welles Louis XVIII
Virginia McKenna Duchess of Richmond
Jack Hawkins Gen. Thomas Picton
Dan O'Herlihy Ney
Donal Donnelly O'Connor
Michael Wilding Ponsonby
Terence Alexander Lord Uxbridge,Uxbridge
Rupert Davies Lord Gordon,Lord Richard Hay
Ivo Garrani Marshal Soult
Gianni Garko Gen. Drouot
Michael Wilding Sr. Ponsonby
Ian Ogilvy William De Lancey
Sergei Zakariadze Marshal Gebhard Blucher,Blucher
Philippe Forquet Le Bedoyere
Andrea Checchi Sauret
Irina Skobtseva Maria
John Savident Gen. Muffling
Susan Wood Sarah
Oleg Vidov Tomlinson
Charles Millot Marquis Grouchy
Vladimir Druzhnikov Gerard
Yevgeny Samoylov Vicomte Pierre Cambronne
Andre Esterhazy Duke of Richmond
Orazio Orlando Constant
Jeffrey Wickham Sir John Colborne,Sir John Colborne
Willoughby Gray Capt. Ramsay
Adrian Brine Capt. Normyle
Roger Green Duncan
Karl Liepinsc Gen. August Gneisenau
Richard Heffer Capt. Mercer
Colin Watson McKevitt
Charles Borromel Mulholland
Franco Fantasia Delessart
Giorgio Sciolette Marshal Berthier
Jean Louis Oudinot
Vasiliy Livanov Percy
Viktor Murganov Somerset
Rodolfo Lodi Joseph Fouche
Giuliano Raffaelli McDonald
Filippo Perego Saint-Cyr
Valentin A. Koval MacMahon
Boris Molchanov Gen. Bertrand
Andre Eszterhazy Duke of Richmond
Attilio Severini Boudin
Massimo Dello Torre Cambaceres
Ghennadj Judin Chactas
Andrei Jurenev Corporal
Aldo Cecconi Charles X
Vasili Plaksin Maitland
Valentino Skulme Tamburo Maggione
Camillo A. Rota De Vitrolles,Composer
Fred Jackson Prince of Brunswick
Rotislav Jankowski Flahaut
Oleg Mikhaylov Green
Lev Poliakov Kellerman
Christian Janakiev Larrey
Armando Bottin Legros
Gheorghy B. Rybakov Taylor
Vaslav Bledis Colson
Sergei Testori Marbot
Antonio Anelli Molien
Lanfranco Ceccarelli Rumigus
Felix Eynas Patsy
Guglielmo Ambrosi 1st Sergeant
William Slater 2nd Sergeant
Alan Elledge 3rd Sergeant
Vladimir Levchenko Drummer
Alexander Paromenko Wounded Officer
Guidarino Guidi Fat Man
Valeriy Gurev (III) Fainting Soldier
Paul Butkevich Officer with Wellington
Igor Jasulovic Officer of the 13th Square
Isabella Albonico Lady Webster
Andrea Dosne Lady of the Court
Ivan Milanov Soldier with Ney
Vladimir Butenko Lancer with Napoleonic Hat
Evgeniy Samoylov Cambronne
Rino Bellini Coulincourt
Veronica De Laurentiis Magdalene Hall
Orso Maria Guerrini Actor
Michael Raymond-James Actor

Technical Credits
Sergei Bondarchuk Director,Screenwriter
Dino De Laurentiis Producer
V.A. Likhachov Special Effects
H.A.L. Craig Screenwriter

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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