Vive l’Empereur! — Watch Bonaparte’s Epic Final Battle In HD for Free

Christopher Plummer plays the Duke of Wellington opposite Rod Steiger as Napoleon Bonaparte in the forgotten 1970 epic Waterloo.

Christopher Plummer plays the Duke of Wellington opposite Rod Steiger as Napoleon Bonaparte in the forgotten 1970 epic Waterloo.

In honour of the 199th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, we thought we’d pass along a link to this free 1080p HD copy of the 1970 epic Waterloo starring Rod Steiger and Christopher Plummer.

Featuring the proverbial ‘cast of thousands’, Waterloo tells the story of Napoleon’s infamous 1815 final battle following his escape from exile on Elba. Both Steiger as Bonaparte and Plummer as the Duke of Wellington turn in capable performances, although the acting and dialogue at times feel a bit shopworn. Little of that matters though when considering the sheer scope of the battle scenes in Waterloo. The director, Dino De Laurentiis, reportedly used more than 17,000 extras to fill the screen, which on its own makes this one worth watching.

Available on Youtube in its two hour and eight minute entirety, Waterloo is a must see for any self-professed armchair general. Click here to watch. To enjoy the film in 1080p, click on the “Change Quality” button on the bottom right of the viewing window. And don’t forget to share your comments below. Tell us if you loved it or hated it, but make sure to watch it before the Copyright Police take it down.

8 comments for “Vive l’Empereur! — Watch Bonaparte’s Epic Final Battle In HD for Free

  1. 30 April, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Thank you so much. This is a true masterpiece.

  2. Alex E
    18 June, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Why do you think Waterloo is ‘infamous’?

    • admin
      18 June, 2014 at 8:05 am

      It was the 75,000 casualties.

  3. Alex E
    18 June, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Fair enough – but all battles would be infamous by that definition. Would you describe D-Day as the ‘infamous invasion of Normandy’?

    • admin
      18 June, 2014 at 9:42 am

      I wouldn’t use that word to describe D-Day (probably not). But Omaha Beach might merit such a description seeing that it was the deadliest of the five landing zones.

  4. Alex E
    18 June, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Again, fair comment. It’s just that, where I come from (Britain), Waterloo is one of our most famous (in the sense of celebrated) victories whereas ‘infamous’ is the sort of adjective I’d use to describe serial killers and war criminals. So you can see why I found your description a bit jarring.

    • admin
      18 June, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Perfectly understandable. I did refer to Waterloo as “Napoleon’s infamous final battle” implying that for him it was the end. He literally ‘met his Waterloo’.
      As for For Wellington (and Blücher) it certainly was anything but infamous! I should pay more attention though — most of this site’s readers are from the U.K. Thanks for the note.

  5. Alex E
    18 June, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    No worries, mate – keep up the great work!

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