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Napoléon (miniseries) Quotes

Napoleon is a television show that was first aired in 1970 on France 2. Napoléon stopped airing in 1970.

Napoleon was on for 4 episodes. Napoleon is created by Didier Decoin and Max Gallo; Yves Simoneau.

Each episode of Napoleon is 357 minutes long.

The cast includes: John Malkovich as Charles Talleyrand, Heino Ferch as Marquis de Caulaincourt, David Francis as Hudson Lowe, Claudio Amendola as Maréchal Joachim Murat, Ennio Fantastichini as Joseph Bonaparte, Marie Bäumer as Caroline Bonaparte, Yves Jacques as Lucien, Isabella Rossellini as Joséphine de Beauharnais, Anouk Aimée as Letizia Bonaparte, Yves Jacques as Louis Bonaparte, John Wood as Pope Pius VII, and Alexandra Maria Lara as Countess Marie Walewska.

Napoleon Quotes

Claudio Amendola as Maréchal Joachim Murat

  • (Claudio Amendola) "My dear Bonaparte, I trust you don't see my marriage to Caroline a bad match."
  • (Unnamed) "You're my friend, Murat, and that's worth all the titles in the world. When I give my friendship, I never give it back. But a crown can be lost, and I would be grateful if you would stop calling me "my dear Bonaparte." Remember to call me Sire when you address me."
  • (Claudio Amendola) "The road to Namur."
  • (Unnamed) "Perfect. The Pope will think we've run into him totally by chance. I cannot let him imagine that I would make an effort to meet him. I owe him no more respect than to any petty little king."

Ennio Fantastichini as Joseph Bonaparte

  • (Ennio Fantastichini) "Listen, listen to them. Just say the word, and you'll have twenty five million French citizens behind you."
  • (Unnamed) "Right now, I'm hungry."

Heino Ferch as Marquis de Caulaincourt

  • (French Soldier) "How would you like to approach this, Monsieur?"
  • (Heino Ferch) "With style, and good manners. We shall knock politely on the front door."
  • (French Soldier) "And what if he doesn't open it?"
  • (Heino Ferch) "In that case, I regret, I shall be obliged to ask you to barrel it down."
  • (Heino Ferch) "Sire."
  • (Unnamed) "Not now."
  • (Heino Ferch) "She is here."
  • (Unnamed) "Who?"
  • (Heino Ferch) "She, Countess Walewska."
  • (Unnamed) "Here? Here."
  • (Heino Ferch) "In the bedroom. Was I wrong to convince her to come here?"

John Wood as Pope Pius VII

  • (Unnamed) "I intend to crown myself."
  • (John Wood) "Then why am I here?"
  • (Unnamed) "To bless my reign."
  • (John Wood) "Now, who exactly are you asking to bless your reign, Sire? Almighty God? Or his humble deputy on Earth, the Pope?"
  • (Unnamed) "Humble? Is that the word you use to describe the thunder of organ music, clouds of incense, altars full of flowers, robes trimmed with gold?"
  • (John Wood) "You confuse God with religion."
  • (Unnamed) "On the contrary, I separate them. On the one hand, a theory: God. On the other, a certitude: religion. It gives human society a framework. People would have no reference points without religion, we saw the results of that, when during the Revolution the churches were looted and the priests guillotined. The country toppled into anarchy, chaos, and madness of the Reign of Terror. We can do without God, but not without religion."
  • (John Wood) "Do without God? Can you live without faith in the immortality of your soul? Without belief in the everlasting life?"
  • (Unnamed) "If you have ever been in a battlefield, you would not believe in God, either."
  • (John Wood) "But I spend all my days and all my nights on a battlefield, Sire. The whole world is a battlefield. And every man who suffers is a terrible defeat for me. Place the crown on your own brow if that is what you wish. I will pray it does not become too heavy for you to bear."
  • (Unnamed) "Have you ever regretted being Pope?"
  • (John Wood) "It terrifies me, Sire. Every day that God gives."
  • (Unnamed) "Excuse this dreadful mud, Holy Father, but it's been raining so much lately."
  • (John Wood) "I've always wondered if the Pope, like his Divine Master, could walk on water. I cannot, evidently. But I do have other powers."
  • (Unnamed) "Such as crowning me Emperor?"
  • (John Wood) "Yes, but also marrying you."
  • (Unnamed) "Marrying me? But I am married."
  • (John Wood) "During our long and tedious journey, one of my Cardinals told me that you and the future Empress have not been united before God."
  • (Unnamed) "Well, that may be true, but our civil marriage is no less valid."
  • (John Wood) "To me, it is meaningless. But rest assured, I shall be delighted to bless your union before God."
  • (Unnamed) "I have no intention of getting married a second time."
  • (John Wood) "Well, unfortunately, I cannot crown a man Emperor, who is living in a state of Sin."
  • (Unnamed) "Very well, then, a discreet ceremony; without unnecessary witness."
  • (John Wood) "When one has the Pope as a witness, Sire, no-one else is necessary."

Yves Jacques as Louis Bonaparte

  • (Yves Jacques) "The deputies have dissolved the Directory. In its place, they have created an executive consular commission, composed of General Bonaparte, and citizens Sieyes and Roger Ducos, who will bear the titles of Citizens and Consuls of the French Republic. This decree will take place. Officers, present arms to the Consuls of the Republic. Long live Bonaparte."

John Malkovich as Charles Talleyrand

  • (John Malkovich) "Well, Marquis, how is this little mission of ours going? We've prepared the ground successfully, I hope?"
  • (Heino Ferch) "Well, I've been preparing balls, concerts, banquets, hunting parties, firework displays -- The Emperor wants to dazzle the Czar with a display of his power. His Majesty says nothing helps negotiations more, especially with a man as civilized as Alexander."
  • (John Malkovich) "Yes, well, the sovereign of Russia may very well be civilized, but his people are not. In France, of course, it's the other way round."
  • (Unnamed) "How should I address you? Monsignor, since you were a bishop, Your Excellency because the Revolution made you ambassador to England, or Minister because you are in charge of France's foreign relations?"
  • (John Malkovich) "Most people call me Talleyrand. Just Talleyrand."
  • (Unnamed) "Ah, yes, like just "God"?"
  • (John Malkovich) "Or Satan."

Alexandra Maria Lara as Countess Marie Walewska

  • (Alexandra Maria Lara) "Welcome, sire. A thousand times welcome. All Polish soil awaited to rise up, and -"
  • (Unnamed) "And what?"
  • (Alexandra Maria Lara) "I don't know anymore. I've prepared so many things to say, but now that I see you, I'm lost for words."
  • (Unnamed) "So am I, mademoiselle. So am I. Which means we will have to see each other again, once we have both found the words we need. Would you like that?"
  • (Unnamed) "When such an old man marries such a young wife, he should learn to cover her with jewels. So should we forgive him, and see if something can be done about it?"
  • (Alexandra Maria Lara) "Sire, that's not what I want from your Majesty. My country no longer exists. Prussia, Austria, and Russia have dismembered it. Return Poland to me."

Marie Bäumer as Caroline Bonaparte

  • (Marie Bäumer) "I'm here to bring you Murat's support."
  • (Unnamed) "Murat? Who authorized you to speak for Murat?"
  • (Marie Bäumer) "He and I love each other."
  • (Unnamed) "Murat is over 30, and you're not yet 20. I don't think our mother will approve. I don't think I will approve."

Anouk Aimée as Letizia Bonaparte

  • (Anouk Aimée) "Emperor or not, your white bridges will always be covered with stains. I don't know what you do with your bridges."
  • (Yves Jacques) "He wipes his pen on them, of course."

Isabella Rossellini as Joséphine de Beauharnais

  • (Isabella Rossellini) "Look at me. Why don't you look at me? You've done it. You've done a dreadful thing. Although I begged you not to, and so did your mother, your entire family."
  • (Unnamed) "This affair doesn't concern you, or my family. It's an affair of state. It concerns the government of France, and me."
  • (Isabella Rossellini) "And you, yes, you. You could have pardoned him. You didn't need anyone. You only had to say one word. One little word."
  • (Unnamed) "If he; had asked me to spare him -- but those Bourbons are so stupidly proud."
  • (Isabella Rossellini) "Proud, yes, but innocent. He wasn't even in France during the attempt to your life."
  • (Unnamed) "His friends were. And even if they didn't do it, they did it for him."
  • (Isabella Rossellini) "This foul deed will bring a curse upon us. Sorrow to you, and sorrow to me, because I couldn't stop you."
  • (Isabella Rossellini) "And sorrow, to all who had a hand in this crime."

David Francis as Hudson Lowe

  • (British Officer) "He won't open if you call him General, Sir. He insists on being called by his title."
  • (David Francis) "Title? Emperor? Majesty? Poppycock. He's Bony the Ogre, and always will be. Knock again."

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