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Astérix et le coup du menhir (1989)

The druid is accidentally hit by a menhir thrown by Obelix and loses his mind and memory.

Director:

Philippe Grimond

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René Goscinny (comic), Albert Uderzo (comic) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Carel ... Astérix (voice)
Pierre Tornade Pierre Tornade ... Obélix (voice)
Henri Labussière Henri Labussière ... Panoramix, le druide (voice)
Julien Guiomar ... Le devin Prolix (voice)
Henri Poirier Henri Poirier ... Abraracourcix - Le chef du village (voice)
Marie-Anne Chazel ... Bonnemine (voice)
Roger Lumont Roger Lumont ... Le centurion (voice)
Patrick Préjean Patrick Préjean ... Optione (voice)
Edgar Givry Edgar Givry ... Assurancetourix (voice)
Jean-Jacques Cramier Jean-Jacques Cramier ... Assurancetourix (singing voice)
Yves Barsacq Yves Barsacq ... Ordralfabétix (voice)
Gérard Croce Gérard Croce ... Décurion (voice)
Jean Francois Aupied Jean Francois Aupied ... (voice) (as Jean-François Aupied)
Christine Aurel Christine Aurel ... (voice)
Paul Bisciglia Paul Bisciglia ... Agecanonix (voice)
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Storyline

When the druid Panoramix is attacked by some roman soldiers, Obelix drives them away by throwing a menhir on them - which accidentally hits Panoramix. After this the druid has lost his memory and can not remember the formula of his magic potions, especially the one which gives superhuman strength. Written by Michael Zink

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The Gauls without the magic potion?! By Toutatis!


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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

12 October 1990 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Asterix en de knallende ketel See more »

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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the film's title, only a minor section of "Asterix and the Big Fight" features in the plot (specifically, Getafix's amnesia). See more »

Quotes

Obelix: [from the American dub, after a legionary has been blown up like a balloon by an experimental potion] I thought the Romans were going to cut down on inflation.
Asterix: Promises, promises.
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Alternate Versions

The American version of the movie adds a narrator (who speaks during many of silent moments) as well add many new lines spoken off screen. This was included to add exposition for people not familiar with Asterix (explain the setting, Obelix back story etc.) This version was translated into other languages such as Polish. See more »

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Followed by Astérix: Le domaine des dieux (2014) See more »

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Performed by Budapest States Orchestra
Conducted by Michel Colombier
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Good idea, poor execution
23 June 2002 | by SMK-4See all my reviews

The basic idea of mixing two Asterix stories together was not too bad at all: the Romans were a bit too pale and one-dimensional in the original big-fight story and the druid's absence and the resulting threat to the village was underexplained in the original soothsayer story.

However, the result sacrifices most of the satire of either story, aiming at a young kids market (which really isn't the traditional Asterix audience). But it is not just the story - also the animation moved a couple of furlongs towards Disney territory, especially the musical number made me cringe. How can the villagers dance to this bard's singing? It is supposed be painfully abysmal! A nauseatingly bad musical number would have been fine, but the film makers simply didn't dare.

I also could not warm to the English voices. While Brian Blessed put some oomph into his character, he overdoes it, as usual. An example of a scene which required cool understatement was when then the centurio instructed his messenger to Caesar. Blessed speaks it with too much excitement, though 70% of the blame has to go towards the director as the animation is similarly hyperactive at this point.

The English title of the film still sticks with "big fight" which is misleading as the actual fight (the one between Gallic chiefs) is not in the film.


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