Asterix at the Olympic Games (film)

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Astérix aux Jeux Olympiques
Asterixolympics.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Frédéric Forestier
Thomas Langmann
Produced by Jérôme Seydoux
Thomas Langmann
Screenplay by Thomas Langmann
Alexandre Charlot
Frank Magnier
Based on Asterix at the Olympic Games 
by René Goscinny
Starring Gérard Depardieu
Clovis Cornillac
Benoît Poelvoorde
Alain Delon
Vanessa Hessler
Franck Dubosc
José Garcia
Stéphane Rousseau
Jean-Pierre Cassel
Élie Semoun
Alexandre Astier
Music by Frédéric Talgorn
Cinematography Thierry Arbogast
Production
  company
La Petite Reine
Pathé Renn Productions
Distributed by Pathé
Release date(s)
  • 25 January 2008 (2008-01-25) (Poland)
  • 30 January 2008 (2008-01-30) (France)
Running time 113 minutes
Country France
Germany
Spain
Italy
Belgium
Language French
Budget $113.5 million[1]
Box office $132.9 million[1]

Asterix at the Olympic Games (French: Astérix aux Jeux Olympiques) is a French film, based on characters from René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo's Astérix comic series. It was filmed essentially in Spain in the course of the year 2006. At the time of its release, it was the most expensive French and non English-speaking film of all time.[2] The film has been poorly received by critics, but performed well at several European box offices, topping charts in Poland, Spain and France.[3] In May 2008 it received the "Gérard du cinéma" (French equivalent of the Razzie Awards) for "Worst French film made in 2007."

Plot[edit]

Astérix and Obélix have to win the Olympic Games in order to help their friend Lovesix (Stéphane Rousseau) marry Princess Irina (portrayed by Vanessa Hessler). Brutus (Benoît Poelvoorde) uses every trick in the book to have his own team win the game, and get rid of his father Julius Caesar (Alain Delon) in the process, but fails.

The film is very loosely adapted from the original Asterix at the Olympic Games comic book. The love story subplot between Lovesix and Irina was not featured in the original story. Brutus, portrayed here as a comical villain with no relation to his depictions in Asterix comics, is the main antagonist, although he was not even featured as a character in the original comic book.

Cast[edit]

There is a cameo of Adriana Karembeu as Mrs Geriatrix (replacing Arielle Dombasle in the first film), and Jamel Debbouze reprises his role as Numerobis. German comedy star and director Michael Bully Herbig has a bit-part as a mute Roman soldier.

The film featured several cameos by real-life sport stars, such as Michael Schumacher, Jean Todt, Zinedine Zidane, Tony Parker, and Amélie Mauresmo. The part of Roman athlete Claudius Cornedurus (Gluteus Maximus), played by Jérôme Le Banner, was originally to be played by Jean-Claude Van Damme.[4]

Production[edit]

Filming took place in Alicante, Spain and lasted six months.

Box office[edit]

The film grossed $23.4 million in France in its opening weekend, which was more than 60% of its gross in 19 territories in which the film was released. Box Office Mojo estimated $38.7 million in revenue within a week after the film was released.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Astérix aux Jeux Olympiques". 
  2. ^ Cendrowicz, Leo (31 January 2008). "Asterix Aims to Conquer Europe". TIME Magazine. Archived from the original on 1 February 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "News : Alain Delon et Jean-Claude Van Damme dans "Astérix 3" !". Allocine.fr. Retrieved 31 December 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Around the World Roundup: 'Asterix' Leaps to the Top". Box Office Mojo. 10 February 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 

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