Waterloo

1970

Action / Biography / Drama / History / War

23
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 30% · 10 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 83% · 1K ratings
IMDb Rating 7.3/10 10 12816 12.8K

Top cast

Christopher Plummer as Arthur Wellesley - Duke of Wellington
Orson Welles as Louis XVIII
Rod Steiger as Napoleon Bonaparte
Michael Wilding as Ponsonby
720p.BLU 1080p.BLU
1.17 GB
1280*544
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
2 hr 3 min
Seeds 8
2.1 GB
1920*816
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
2 hr 3 min
Seeds 29

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by merklekranz 8 / 10

A film epic never to be forgotten ............................

"Waterloo" is a film epic, with epic performances from Rod Steiger as Napoleon, and Christopher Plummer as Lord Wellington. The battle scenes are historic, with tens of thousands of extra's and not a hint of any c.g.i.. The calvary charges in "Waterloo" surpass any battle spectacle I have ever seen. I love "Gettysburg" (1993), however the magnitude of the battle in "Waterloo" makes the charge in "Gettysburg" seem like a minor skirmish. If "Waterloo" has a weakness, it concerns the lack of character development in the supporting cast. Although Rod Steiger and Christopher Plummer are well developed, the rest of the soldiers come across simply as pawns on a chess board. Highly recommended. - MERK

Reviewed by winnipeg1919 7 / 10

More real than CGI

I watched this movie for the first time in about 10 years today and one of the things that strikes me the most is how much more real it looks that the more recent war movies.

CGI is great for many things, but often detail get overlooked. In this film, because they are actually moving extras around there are clouds of dust everywhere. When the cannon fire, the black powder persists. The film has a real sense all through it of the fog of war.

On a personal note, I served in a Highland regiment, and it is a thrill to see a film where all of the kilts are not the same. The 92nd wear Gordon, Camerons wear Cameron of Erracht, and wonder of wonders both served at Waterloo.

While the terrain shown in the film is nothing like the field, the strength of the film lies the in characterizations of Wellington and Napoleon. Both actors are at the top of their game, although some specifics are off (Wellington wasn't a aristocrat - more younger son of Anglo-Irish gentry).

One of the things that I like about the film is the way the director has cut several times to show Napoleon and Wellington react to the same information. It does a great job of contrasting the differences and similarities of the two leaders.

Visually the film was breathtaking when I first say it in 1970, and it remains so.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 9 / 10

See for Steiger and for Plummer...

It does take liberties with history, but it is a mightily credible film for several reasons. The story is very compelling and while long the film is never boring. The battle sequences are beautifully staged, the production values are rich and the score is wonderfully bombastic. The direction is also strong and the script is intelligent and thought-provoking. Then there is the acting. Rod Steiger is magnificent as Napolean, it is a perfect balance of hot rage and cool calculation and he even manages to upstage the thousands of Soviet soldiers recruited as extras for the battle scenes. Just as good is Christopher Plummer as Duke of Wellington, shown here as quite arrogant and having contempt for lower-class cannon-fodder. In conclusion, a great film, worth seeing for Steiger and Plummer, their performances are so good the whole film is worth watching just for them. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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