G | | Action, Biography, Drama
Facing the decline of everything he has worked to obtain, conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte and his army confront the British at the Battle of Waterloo.
This was the only English language film directed by Sergey Bondarchuk.
The Prussians are in the woods! Blucher is in the woods!
Napoleon Bonaparte: I made one mistake in my life; I should have burned Berlin.
At the opening of the campaign (just after Napoleon's "God's got nothing to do with it" comment), French troops are seen marching down the road and across the fields. Troops did not march-in-step whilst on the move across country. It was too tiring and inefficient. Route step (aka route march) was used instead, in which the troops remained in a loose formation, but did not match their steps.
All UK video and DVD releases are cut by 22 secs to remove horse falls. The B.B.F.C have cut 'Waterloo' in accordance with their policy of censoring scenes showing actual (or what appears to be actual) cruelty inflicted upon animals during filming. For instance, in the British DVD release the scene where the French Cavalry charge the red-coated British squares has lost a few seconds where a horse and rider topple forward after being gunned down. This was cut because of the scene's apparent use of the 'Running W' device, a notorious (and illegal) technique in which a stunt rider charges a horse into a 'W' shaped trip wire to make it fall forwards head over heels on-cue. All horse falls can be seen uncut on the American Region One DVD release.
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