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Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999)

Astérix & Obélix contre César (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | 14 July 2000 (USA)
Inhabitants of the last unconquered village in Gaul (ancient France) use a magical potion to hold their independence from Roman invaders.

Director:

Claude Zidi

Writers:

René Goscinny (comic book), Albert Uderzo (comic book) | 2 more credits »
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4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Clavier ... Astérix
Gérard Depardieu ... Obélix
Roberto Benigni ... Lucius Detritus
Michel Galabru ... Abraracourcix
Claude Piéplu ... Panoramix
Daniel Prévost ... Prolix
Pierre Palmade Pierre Palmade ... Assurancetourix
Laetitia Casta ... Falbala
Arielle Dombasle ... Mme Agecanonix
Sim ... Agecanonix
Marianne Sägebrecht ... Bonnemine
Gottfried John ... Jules César
Jean-Pierre Castaldi Jean-Pierre Castaldi ... Caius Bonus
Jean-Roger Milo Jean-Roger Milo ... Cetautomatix
Jean-Jacques Devaux Jean-Jacques Devaux ... Ordralfabetix
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Storyline

The well-known little village from the Asterix and Obelix-comic books is in trouble: It is the last place not controlled by Rome. When Tax collector Claudius Incorruptus does not get his money from the villagers, Julius Caesar himself comes to the place to see what's so special about their resistance. A special magic potion, prepared by the village's druid, gives incredible power to those who drink it. And Obelix, who fell into the pot as a child has been invincible ever since. With the help of Tullius Destructivus, an intrigeur, the Romans try to get Obelix and the druid into their hands in order to wipe the little village off the map, when the last potion of it's stock has been used up. But each individual also has some plans of his own... Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Taglines:

The Gauls are revolting!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Gérard Depardieu is the only actor who appeared in every single Astérix movie. See more »

Goofs

Most Roman legionaries are wearing iron helmets and plate armor (lorica segmentata or lorica laminata), which in the time of Julius Caesar were not used by the Roman army yet. Roman soldiers in the Gallic War mainly wore simple bronze helmets and chain-mail armor. See more »

Quotes

Astérix: Look - the Man in the Iron Mask!
Obélix: Have they written that yet?
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Crazy Credits

This movie is dedicated to René Goscinny See more »

Connections

Referenced in Troldspejlet: Episode #39.5 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

She Didn't See Me
Performed by A1
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User Reviews

 
Fantastic in French; don't bother with the translation
29 August 2004 | by dafydSee all my reviews

This film is a genuinely brilliant live-action translation of an (arguably) unfilmable classic comic book series... Claude Zidi's writing and direction are top notch, and the main characters as played by Clavier and Depardieu work extremely well.

The English translation, on the other hand, is awful. When I saw the film in England having already watched it in France, I was, frankly, embarrassed! Terry Jones relies too much on direct translations and gags that don't fit... perhaps they should have used Bell and Hockeridge, the hugely talented translators of the actual books. Oh well.

I definitely recommend the film, though, albeit only in the original French. Don't worry if you don't speak a word of the language; you'll soon pick up what's going on, without the experience being spoiled by the abysmal English dubbing.


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Details

Country:

France | Italy | Germany

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

14 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar See more »

Filming Locations:

Brittany, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF274,620,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$304,245, 6 June 1999

Gross USA:

$1,541,261

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,632,567
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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