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Druids

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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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  • Actors: Max von Sydow, Christopher Lambert, Klaus Maria Brandauer
  • Directors: Jacques Dorfmann
  • Producers: Jacques Dorfmann
  • 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:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2001
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005R23V
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,959 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By D. Roberts VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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By A Customer on December 25, 2001
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It is a crime against modern cinema that this movie did not get theatrical distribution in the United States. Even so, internationally it has been to theatres across the globe and brought in a very successful bank, I hope to see more of Jacques Dorfmann in english in the future, though I understand in this film each scene was filmed twice, once in english and once in french.
DRUIDS is the story of Vercingetorix, the Gaul who united the tribes to give Big Julie Caeser the most trouble the Romans ever had.
Historically the only account we have from the Gaul Wars are from Julius Caesar himself, and even he admits Vercingetorix was an amazing leader. As for accuracy, this movie does stay away from the legend of Vercingetorix's beheading, which is fine with me, and it seems the essentials are all there. It seems other reviewers can't understand the movie, since some complaints are that the war is condensed, but it's obvious to me that time passes by the montage scenes and how Vercingetorix's hair gets longer and such, but, I guess that's too complex for some.
The story of Vercingetorix himself in the movie is of course mostly guessing and made up. His relations with the Druids I think may have some merit, though I'm not sure. Max Von Sydow plays the mysterious Arch-Druid, who is the Merlin to Vercingetorix's Arthur.
The movie is a marvel to look at, terrific scenery and great sets, some marvelous shots of the Roman Army and one great scene of Vercingetorix returning to the Druids to find only his skilled mentor left are the peaks.
The music is also great, and during the final quarter of the movie plays almost constantly as the end unfolds.
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