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The Emperor's New Clothes (2001)

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Release Date
 USA: Jun 14, 2002
DVD Release Date
 R1: Dec 10, 2002

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MPAA Rating
Rated PG for brief language.

Running Time
1 hour, 47 minutes

Country UK, Italy, Germany

Studio FilmFour Distributors

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• The Emperor's New Clothes
• My Napoleon (2001)

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Genre: Comedy, Escape, Fairy Tale, Military, Doctor, Period Piece, Prison

Plot: THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES recasts history in 19th Century France. Based on the novel by Simon Leys, THE DEATH OF NAPOLEON, the film supposes that Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from exile in St. Helena and returned to Paris in 1821, whereas the history books say he died that year. With imaginative photography, beautiful costumes, an upbeat orchestral score, and solid acting, the film is a fanciful, witty, comedic delight. Starting out in St. Helena, Napoleon (Ian Holm) enjoys a pampered existence, even as a prisoner, and is treated with great respect by those who serve him. Therefore, when he devises a scheme to trade places with a servant on a ship so that he may escape, the deckhand he chooses (also Holm) thinks he's the luckiest man alive, waited on hand and foot in St. Helena. Napoleon returns to Paris under the guise of this ship servant. When he arrives, he expects to be recognized, received with joy by his people, and made emperor once again. Instead, he is ignored. Days later, the deckhand in St. Helena dies, literally erasing Napoleon's existence. From there, Napoleon must adjust to daily life in the free world as nothing more than a simple Everyman. Fortunately, he finds a loving wife, Pumpkin (Iben Hjejle), to help him with the transition.

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 Directed by
Alan Taylor
Palookaville, Kill the Poor, Big Love
 Written by
Ian Holm
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Fifth Element
Iben Hjejle
High Fidelity, Mifune's Last Song, Flickering Lights
Tim McInnerny
Notting Hill, 101 Dalmatians, Richard III
Nigel Terry
Troy, Excalibur, FeardotCom
Hugh Bonneville
Notting Hill, Iris, Mansfield Park
Murray Melvin
The Phantom of the Opera, Barry Lyndon, Alfie
Eddie Marsan
Gangs of New York, 21 Grams, Mission: Impossible III
 Music By
Rachel Portman
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