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Lines of Wellington (2012)

Linhas de Wellington (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 4 October 2012 (Portugal)
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On September 27, 1810, the French troops commanded by Marshal Massena, were defeated in the Serra do Buçaco by the Anglo-Portuguese army of general Wellington. Despite the victory, ... See full summary »

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Valeria Sarmiento

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Carlos Saboga
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nuno Lopes ... Sargento Francisco Xavier
Soraia Chaves ... Martírio
Marisa Paredes ... D. Filipa Sanches
John Malkovich ... Duke of Wellington
Carloto Cotta ... Tenente Pedro de Alencar
Victoria Guerra ... Clarissa
Marcello Urgeghe Marcello Urgeghe ... Major Jonathan Foster
Jemima West ... Maureen
Afonso Pimentel ... Zé Maria
Miguel Borges ... Manuel Penabranca
Mathieu Amalric ... Barão Marbot
Melvil Poupaud ... Marechal Massena
Filipe Vargas ... Vicente de Almeida
Adriano Luz ... Bordalo
João Arrais ... Idiot
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On September 27, 1810, the French troops commanded by Marshal Massena, were defeated in the Serra do Buçaco by the Anglo-Portuguese army of general Wellington. Despite the victory, Portuguese and British are forced to retreat from the enemy, numerically superior, in order to attract them to Torres Vedras, where Wellington had built fortified lines hardly surmountable. Simultaneously, the Anglo-Portuguese command organizes the evacuation of the entire territory between the battlefield and the lines of Torres Vedras, a gigantic burned land operation, which prevents the French from collecting supplies. This is the setting for the adventures of a multitude of characters from all social backgrounds - soldiers and civilians, men, women and children, young and old - to the daily routine torn by war and dragged through hills and valleys, between ruined villages, charred forests and devastated crops.Highly persecuted by the French, already tormented by an unmerciful weather, the mass of ... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

Portugal | France

Language:

Portuguese | English | French

Release Date:

4 October 2012 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Les lignes de Wellington See more »

Filming Locations:

Folgosinho, Gouveia, Portugal See more »

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Budget:

EUR4,800,000 (estimated)
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Raoul Ruiz died in August 2011 during preproduction. Producer Paulo Branco offered the job of directing to actor John Malkovich, but Malkovich felt he wouldn't be able to do justice to Ruiz's vision, recommending instead Ruiz's widow and long-time collaborator, Valeria Sarmiento. See more »

Quotes

Bordalo: There is no need to be disgusted. Death doesn't stick.
[picking a pair of boots from a dead soldier]
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Watchable but quite disappointing.
22 January 2013 | by phgriloSee all my reviews

If you think about the French Invasions of the 19th Century, you think about a time of war, tragedy, heroism, violence and excesses. It is the perfect plot for an epic movie. Unfortunately, in the case of "Linhas de Wellington", the movie is Portuguese. Don't get me wrong, I am Portuguese too. What I mean is that we, as a nation, have a very hard time dealing with our own heritage and heroes. I don't know, perhaps deep inside each of us knows how short we fell of living up to our forefathers extraordinary legacy. Anyway, regardless of the reason why, the fact is that we do not give enough praise to the best among us, and that reflects on our modern art in general and in this movie in particular. That being said, instead of all the drama, heroism and war, this movie shows the story of simple people, ordinary anonymous folks, leaving their land as the French Army advances. Unfortunately, there are too many characters, not shown long enough for the viewer too actually identify himself with any of them. That turns the movie into a tale about people you don't really care for. As for the Duque of Wellington, the way he is portrayed is nothing short of revolting... As you would expect from a Portuguese movie because of all I said above. As a conclusion, "Linhas de Wellington" is a big disappointment. It is watchable, but nothing more than that.


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