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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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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:

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Parents Guide:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 1999, its budget of $48 million, or 274,620,000 FRF, was said to make it the most expensive French film ever. However, the budget for Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002) at $47 million, or 327,000,000 FRF, was said to make it the costliest French film ever. Accounting for economic variances, either title may earn this dubious recognition. See more »

Goofs

In several scenes one can clearly see the scar tissue from a smallpox vaccine shot on Gérard Depardieu's upper arm. See more »

Quotes

Astérix: Look - the Man in the Iron Mask!
Obélix: Have they written that yet?
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This movie is dedicated to René Goscinny See more »

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Almost as good as the comics
25 May 2000 | by palasteSee all my reviews

I, not being a fan of live-action movies based on cartoons or comics, didn't expect much of this film. "At least it's made by the French, as were the comics", I thought. The film, however, turned out to be pretty good. The actors did their jobs well and actually managed to look like the original Gauls and Romans I've grown to love. The special effects were impressive, especially the effect of the magic potion. The plot didn't follow any particular album, instead it was a mix-match of several album stories, with a little of its own thrown in. In my opinion, they didn't focus on certain albums enough. The main story, however, was very good. My only real complaint is the portrayal of the Roman legions. The Italian accent they spoke in was needless, because the Italian language wasn't around in 50 BC. And they should dress in green, not red! I recommend this movie to all fans of the Asterix comics. This is what live-action movies about cartoons should be like, which is more than I can say for many Disney movies.


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