Astérix et Obélix contre César


Release Date: 1999
Director: Claude Zidi
Running Time: 109 minutes
Cast: Arielle Dombasle, Roberto Benigni, Christian Clavier, Gérard Depardieu, Laetitia Casta
AKA: Asterix & Obelix vs. Caesar
Comic Artist: Albert Uderzo
First Appearance: Pilote


Asterix and friends first appeared in the French comic weekly Pilote (Oct 29th 1959) with text by René Goscinny and drawn by Albert Uderzo. Since then Asterix has travelled the world and been translated into many different languages.


Asterix and Obelix, the French comic book heroes created by René Goscinny and Albert Underzo (their adventures have sold 280 million copies to date in Europe), are brought to the big screen in their first live-action adventure. Set in 50 B.C., Asterix (Christian Clavier) and Obelix (Gérard Depardieu) are a pair of comedic heroes living in a small but well-protected village in Gaul, where a magic potion concocted by Druids turns the townsfolk into mighty soldiers. When Roman troops carve a path through Gaul to reach the English Channel, Caesar (Gottfried John) and his aide de camp Detritus (Roberto Benigni) discover the secret elixir and capture the Druid leader who knows its formula, and Asterix and Obelix are sent off to rescue them. Shot in Brittany, Bavaria, and Arpajon, Asterix et Obelix Contre Cesar brings these cartoon characters to life on a grand scale; it was reportedly the most expensive French-language film ever, at a cost of 274 million francs ($48 million).

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