Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra
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|Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra |
(Astérix & Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Alain Chabat|
|Produced by||Claude Berri|
|Written by||Alain Chabat|
|Based on||Asterix and Cleopatra|
by René Goscinny
|Music by||Philippe Chany|
|Edited by||Stéphane Pereira|
|Distributed by||Pathé Distribution|
|30 January 2002|
|Box office||$111.1 million|
Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (French: Astérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre), also known as Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra, is a 2002 French/Italian fantasy comedy film written and directed by Alain Chabat and adapted from the comic book series Asterix by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. Based on the book Asterix and Cleopatra, which had previously been adapted into a 1968 animated film, it also acts as a sequel to the 1999 movie Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar.
Christian Clavier and Gérard Depardieu reprise their roles as Asterix and Obelix, alongside newcomers Jamel Debbouze, Monica Bellucci, Claude Rich, Gérard Darmon, Édouard Baer, Dieudonné, and Chabat himself.
It was the most expensive French movie at that time, before being beaten by A Very Long Engagement two years later. A critical success, it was also a major box office success in France, becoming its most successful film in 36 years and second biggest commercial success of all time after 1966's La Grande Vadrouille.
Miramax Films re-edited the film for an North American audience, cutting approximately 21 minutes and dubbing the movie into English using an American cast. The English script added many new jokes for the American audience, including more references to modern popular culture (Edifis continually calls Getafix a "droid", for example. This pun was already hinted at in the French version; the actor playing Edifis used his distinctive North-African accent to create a subtle confusion between "droid" and "druid"), and some changes in characterisation, most notably Obelix who appears far more intelligent than usual. The dubbed dialogue uses some of the original English names, but the rest are either reused from the American English translation of the original album, or newly invented names. This is most notable among minor characters; the pirate crew, for example, are referred to by the names of famous rock and roll musicians (including John, Paul, George and Ringo) just before a cry of "let's rock and roll!"
The English language subtitles for other markets are a straight translation of the French dialogue, with only the names changed to match the original English translation of the album. The version released on DVD in the Australia by Madman Entertainment contains two discs, one the original French version (with multiple language subtitles) and the other the Miramax edit.
Infuriated by belitlements, Queen Cleopatra makes a deal with Julius Caesar: if the Egyptians build a palace at Alexandria, in three months, which is larger than Caesar's palace in Rome he must acknowledge that Egypt was the greatest of nations. To perform this task, Cleopatra hires the architect Numerobis, on pain of death and much to the dismay of Pyradonis, Cleopatra's customary architect. He and his secretary Papyris discuss the druid Getafix (Panoramix in the original French), whose potion empowers its drinkers; and Numerobis goes in search of him.
In Gaul, two Roman legionnaires challenge protagonist Asterix, who drinks the potion and defeats one Roman; whereupon Obelix fells the other. They are joined by Numerobis, whom they guide to Getafix. Rather than sell some of the magic potion, Getafix accompanies Numerobis to Alexandria, and Asterix and Obelix accompany him (encountering the pirates along the way). In Alexandria, Numerobis introduces the Gauls to Papyris, and later to Queen Cleopatra herself. While they greet her, Asterix falls in love with Guimieukis, a maidservant. As they observe the workers, Pyradonis starts a riot; but the druid supplies the workers with potion, and they build rapidly. Pyradonis hires Torturis to trap the Gauls in the Great Pyramid; but Dogmatix leads them out. As they return to Alexandria, Caesar is informed of the Gauls' presence, and leads an attack to destroy the unfinished palace. As the Romans charge, Asterix and Obelix fend them off, before Panoramix sends Asterix to Alexandria with a letter to Cleopatra. En route, he drops his vial of potion, and the villainous rival architect Pyradonis drinks it. Meanwhile, Panoramix gives Numerobis some potion, with which he defeats Criminalis. When Cleopatra receives the letter, she stops Caesar from destroying the palace. Numerobis and the Gauls complete the palace, and Caesar concedes his bet to Cleopatra. In the epilogue, all the characters (except Criminalis) celebrate in a bar.
|Numerobis / Edifis||Jamel Debbouze|
|Julius Caesar||Alain Chabat|
|Amonbofis / Criminalis||Gérard Darmon|
|Itinéris (Vodafonis)||Isabelle Nanty|
|Caius Antivirus||Jean-Paul Rouve|
|The taster||Dominique Besnehard|
|Caesar's secretary||Emma de Caunes|
|The tiler||Zinedine Soualem|
|Julius Caesar||T. Scott Cunningham|
- "Mission Cleopatra" - Snoop Dogg and Jamel Debbouze
- "Asterix and Cleopatra" - Philippe Chany
- "I Got You (I Feel Good)" - James Brown
- "Yakety Sax" - Boots Randolph
- "The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)" - John Williams
- "Ti amo" - Umberto Tozzi and Monica Bellucci
- "Chi mai"- Ennio Morricone
- "Walk Like an Egyptian" - Deep Forest feat. Beverly Jo Scott