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Druids (2001)

Christopher Lambert , Klaus Maria Brandauer , Jacques Dorfmann  |  R |  DVD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Lambert, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max von Sydow, Inés Sastre, Denis Charvet
  • Directors: Jacques Dorfmann
  • Writers: Jacques Dorfmann, Anne de Leseleuc, Norman Spinrad, Rospo Pallenberg
  • Producers: Denis Charvet, Jacques Dorfmann, Claude Léger
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2001
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005R23V
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,952 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Druids" on IMDb

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DRUIDS is the exciting, action-packed historical epic featuring exceptional performances from Christopher Lambert (Highlander, Fortress 2), Klaus Maria Brandauer (Out of Africa, Never Say Never Again), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist, Snow Falling on Cedars) and introducing the beautiful, talented newcomer Inés Sastre. Relying on the advice of a wise and mystic Druid elder, a young man is able to unite all of the fragmented Celtic tribes against the growing tyranny of the Roman Empire. The result is a historical epic in the tradition of Braveheart and Gladiator.

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The most exciting historical drama since Braveheart. The epic story of one man's courage that inspired a nation. Druids is the exciting, action-packed historical drama featuring exceptional performances from Christopher Lambert (Highlander, Fortress 2), Klaus Maria Brandauer (Out of Africa, Never Say Never Again), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist, Snow Falling on Cedars) and introducing the beautiful, talented new-comer Ines Sastre.
In 60 B.C., Vercingetorix is a strong peaceful Gallic chieftain with a legacy to protect his fellow Druids on the Celtic Isles. But when Julius Ceasar and his Roman army declare war, Vercingetorix has no choice but to fight. Reunited with his childhood love and armed with little more than raw courage, Vercingetorix unites his people and prepares them for the battle of their lives.

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Highly fudged but entertaining history October 11, 2004
Format:DVD
This was a pretty good concept movie that didn't quite work in the end. While most of what Gauis Julius Caesar is noted for is his life after crossing the Rubicon (to face Pompey and start a Roman civil war) his accomplishments prior to that phase of his life were quite interesting as well. Among the most salient of these was his duel with the Gallic commander known as Vercingetorix.

It is fitting that the Gallic hero is played by a French actor, Christopher Lambert. I've always liked Lambert, although he's been in plenty of bad movies. This one is more of the mediocre variety; decent, but not great.

Contrary to the story depicted in the film, Caesar and Vercingetorix were never best-buddies. Of course, I understand that this brings a bit more pathos to the tale when they are said to actually know each other. Historically speaking, however, this is nonsense.

There are some components of the film that score points insofar as historical veracity is concerned, however. The siege of Alesia is pretty accurate. As is portrayed in the film, Vercingetorix had a substantial advantage in manpower. His problem was coordinating their attacks and focusing the firepower he had at his disposal.

A few other things I didn't care for on the DVD. One, the special effects showing the comet at the beginning seemed to be vintage 1960s. I've seen low-budget films from the 1970s with better FX. Also, the site of Caesar's very own 10th Legion advancing to a pseudo-rock drumbeat was something I found to be strange & inappropriate.

All in all, if you're a buff of historical / period movies, this one might be worth a look. To this day they have re-creations of the ramparts and palisades of the siege of Alesia in France, and there is also a statue of Vercingetorix that extols him as a freedom fighter. While far from perfect, this film does in fact re-tell an important epoch of European history.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars VENI VIDI VOMI September 14, 2005
Format:DVD
I came, I saw, and I got a vomit bag! Horrible rendition of the life and death of Vercingetorix, chief of the Gauls who fought Julius Caesar and was defeated at Alesia in 51 B.C. A heroic figure of great courage and dignity whose historical persona should have never been dragged into this amateurish attempt at filming an epic!

Although much of the subject is taken directly from Caesar's 'Commentaries', the script, acting, and direction are appallingly bad. The casting is equally bad. Klaus Maria Brandauer is a good actor but his casting as Caesar was a poor choice: he hardly seems convincing as a Roman with his heavy German accent. Max Von Sydow is also a great actor but has nothing to work with in this film other than a bad script and the inept direction of Jacques Dorfman. The movie itself has little to do with druids and one comes out no more informed as to druidism than before watching the film: why call it 'Druids' then? The most horrible casting is Christopher Lambert as Vercingetorix. Lambert's age, shabby constitution, and lifeless acting hardly reflects a fierce and muscular 20-year old Gaul nobleman whose charismatic appeal and valor united all of the tribes of Gaul into one force against the Roman invaders: a feat that no other Gaul or Celtic chieftain had ever been able to achieve before, during, or after Caesar.

The film location and settings were equally bad in that it was filmed in Canada and Eastern Europe instead of France; probably because the French government was too embarassed to be associated in any way with this pitiful film. These locations hardly match the plains, oak forests, and plateaus of central France.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Sarah
Format:DVD
watch this horrid movie ever again. I like Christopher Lambert. I really do. Even in his awful, cheesy movies. But not this one. At one point during the movie, I turned to my husband and said, "Remember when Clint Eastwood went and made Spagetti Westerns? Well, this is a Spaghetti Braveheart." I actually sat through the whole thing. I truly don't know why, and would like to demand two plus hours of my life back, thank you very much. It wasn't exciting, it wasn't epic (well, except in the epic amount of time they took to draw out the most boring battle scene I've seen in my entire life). The best part of this movie (besides when it was finished) was when the townswomen got on the town walls and started baring their breasts to distract the Roman soldiers. Gratuitous breast shots always enlighten a dull movie. Even so, this film gets a rating of "what... did they think they were doing?" from me.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story - bad directing & writing August 6, 2003
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Format:DVD
The basic story about Vercingétorix & Caesar is a great story and would make a great epic film given the right director & writer. The strengths of this film are the battle scenes and music, hence the second star. The weakness is the directing & writing. The occasional bad acting I attribute to the bad directing. The opening sequences are especially poor and the opening dialogue quite laughable. To me, it is inexcusable for the director to miss the basics like insuring that everyone pronounces "Vercingetorix" the same way in the same scene!
The "avenge my father's death" storyline was appropriate but could have been handled better. The "mystical Druid" storyline was poorly handled and should have been left out altogether. On the positive side, I was impressed with the large number of extras used...definately a plus in recreating the siege of Alesia.
As fans of Epic films (Lord of the Rings, Braveheart, Gladiator, 13th Warrior), my wife & I were extremely disappointed in this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
AAAAAAA
Published 3 days ago by Frances Maddox
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
wow! this was awful
Published 1 month ago by jlcw
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
would not play
Published 1 month ago by J. Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 3 months ago by Claudia B.
5.0 out of 5 stars A very cool insight into ancient Gaul
I love this movie. Of course it's not totally accurate, but how could it be since it's describing what happened 2,070 year's ago. Read more
Published 5 months ago by j
5.0 out of 5 stars A Celtic Must!
Though this historically accurate movie did not attain the praise it deserved, it is a most wonderfully written, brilliantly directed, and superbly acted portrayal of the people... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jay Watson
2.0 out of 5 stars Either mediocre or satire,you decide.
Either mediocre or satire.
I was on Lambert's mailing list in the late 1990's and it was mentioned that this biopix of the 52 B.C. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cancer 809
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything was great but the hair!
We named our son after Vercingetorix so this was great! The only distracting part of the film was the actor's hair....it was that bad.
Published 14 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Druids
It was a great DVD no scratches top quality product, shipped fast and in one piece. I loved it 5 stars. Read more
Published 19 months ago by robert hunter
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story line, could have used bigger budget.
Good story line, could have used bigger budget. I am Pagan, so I am always on the lookout for Pagan themed movies. The story line was very good. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Robyn Key
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