Live action version of Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny's famous comic strip. In ancient Gaul, Asterix (Christian Clavier), Obelix (Gerard Depardieu), and their fellow villagers manage to hold out against the invading Romans thanks to a secret potion which endows them with super-human strength. However, when a rogue fortune teller tricks the villagers into stealing a cache of Roman gold, Roman leader Detritus (Roberto Benigni) takes advantage of the confusion to lay his hands on the secret potion. Detritus plans to use his new powers to overthrow Caesar, and it is left to Asterix and his dim-witted sidekick to restore order.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: 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).
SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Ceasar Awards, ...Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar ( Astérix & Obélix contre César ) ( Asterix and Obelix Take on Caesar (Asterix & Obelix Versus Caesar) )