Heroes and Villains (2007–2008)
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The little known story of how Napoleon Bonaparte first emerged from obscurity and entered the national consciousness. A life and death struggle both on and off off the battlefield.


Nick Murphy


Nick Murphy


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Episode cast overview:
Rob Brydon ... Stanislav Fréron
Richard McCabe ... Barras
Tom Burke ... Napoleon Bonaparte
Laura Greenwood ... Paoletta
Alice Krige ... Letizia
Alex Lowe Alex Lowe ... Junot
Kenneth Cranham ... General Carteaux
Gina Bellman ... Catherine Carteaux
Darren Queralt Darren Queralt ... Denon
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... General Doppet
Anthony Higgins ... General Dugommier


Twenty Four year-old Corsican refugee Napoleon Bonaparte is a lowly artillery captain in the French army at the siege of Toulon. Destitute and relying on his success in the new and dangerous revolutionary society, his mother and siblings become embroiled in Napoleon's struggle. The opponents are the English but the enemy are the revolutionaries authorities who seek to keep him in his place. Using his astonishing tactical mind, his sheer audacity and extraordinary military bravery, Napoleon emerges victorious and sets out on a path that would one day lead him to the throne of France. Written by Anonymous

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Documentary | Drama







Release Date:

April 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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[preparing to lead his troops onto the field]
Napoleon Bonaparte: If I attack, follow me! If I retreat, shoot me! If I am killed, avenge me!
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A master-piece for BBC
14 February 2009 | by micru-1See all my reviews

I started watching this film without too much consideration. I thought it would be something too much ''teatrical''. I judged wrongly. This is a masterpiece for a BBC production. The story keeps you always on the ''alert'', the visuals are stunning as if you were in France of those days, the acting is surprisingly good.

The way how Bonaparte is depicted is somehow different from what we are accustomed to see in other films about Napoleon. The streets of southern France are so genuine, the architecture is impressive,... I would recommend this 'documentary' to those in search of an hour of pure eye-leisure

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