• The Emperor's New Clothes (2002)

The Emperor's New Clothes

Release Date: June 14th, 2002

DVD Release Date: December 10th, 2002

PG |1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary

History records that when the great Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated at Waterloo he lost his power, his country and his freedom. Exiled to the island of St. Helena, he purportedly died a broken man. Yet history has been known to be wrong. Now comes a decidedly different version of events, an original tale about Napoleon's last great adventure -- and the adventures of the lowly imposter who assumed his identity in a grand conspiracy to outwit the world.

Cast: Ian Holm, Iben Hjejle, Tim McInnerny, Tom Watson, Nigel Terry, Hugh Bonneville, Murray Melvin, Eddie Marsan

Director: Alan Taylor

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Mikado Films, Redwave Films

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Escape, Playful, Amusing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Loren KingChicago Tribune

    One of the most clever, most enjoyable historical fantasies to hit screens in a long time, The Emperor's New Clothes is a sumptuous showcase for Ian Holm, who delivers not one but two great performances. show more

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Touching historical fantasy. show more

  • 30
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The blithely dishonest script would have us believe that the real Napoleon can't prove his identity when the fake Napoleon refuses to come clean. Not only is that patent nonsense, it's cockeyed dramaturgy.

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com