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William the Conqueror

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4.31 h 31 min201715
It's the year 1066. William, the Nobel son of the late Duke of Normandy, embarks on a quest to invade medieval England in a bit to seize the rightful power of his home-land. Aided by his loyal men, a bloody battle entails and William fights to fulfil his destiny and become the first Norman King of England... William the Conqueror. A French language historic action epic with English subtitles.
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Supporting actors
Geoffroy LidvanEric Rulliat
Producers
Jonathan Perrut
Studio
Signature Entertainment
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Violencefoul language
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3.0 out of 5 stars

142 global ratings

  1. 25% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 17% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 17% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 26% of reviews have 1 stars
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 April 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Historical Film
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Good film and historically very accurate; written, produced and filmed by the people and in the places where those facts really happened. I read the reviews before watching it, and I agree with those who gave the top rankings, extensive and well argued. I turned on the subtitles because some of the dialogue is in Norse (those interesting Cotentin vikings) - the French is pretty standard (someone mentioned that they use some old and difficult words, not the case really). I agree also with the reviewer who said that the title should have reflected the story more accurately such as 'the making of William the Conqueror', or perhaps something with 'young William', that's a minor fault but important to manage expectations of potential viewers. What I found confusing are the reviews of those who gave 1 star, some monosyllabic, for some their only complaint was that it is in French, and that there were no subtitles, which in fact are there and simply need to be turned on.
12 people found this helpful
MonkeyhangerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 March 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Pre 1066. William's childhood.
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Enjoyed this yarn as it has most of my ancestors in it, especially the Falaise family.

I have seen much worse high budget films. The story is more to do with William as a child leading up to him sailing to England.

As he wait's for news of the Battle of Stamford Bridge. He reflects on his passage of right to claim the promised English throne.
I agree the title is misleading, but it has stayed loyal to all the known facts.
Just enjoy it for what it is.
How often do you get to watch a movie that is 90% full of your ancestors.😊
2 people found this helpful
Mr. D. BartholomewReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 November 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Could have been better
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Poor effort unfortunately. Films should not be ignored just because they have subtitles. Tip, if they are not switched on by default you can turn them on from the controls in the top right hand corner of the screen. I really wanted this film to be good as I love historic films which I can learn from. I understand this film was supposed to be about Williams life growing up but it moved too fast and tried to fit too much in over a short period of time. The battle scenes were really poor and I didn't find any of the acting to have any real depth. The costumes and settings worked ok but I had to stop watching it half way through as it just wasn't convincing enough to really get involved in. Its a shame really as it looks like this film had the potential to be a whole lot better
9 people found this helpful
M. JoyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 January 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
It should be under comedy
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"Terrible" in your cheapest Ello, Ello accent.

Historically a shambles, it references they should beware of Norsemen. Erm, Wilhelm and the peoples of Normandy WERE Norsemen. Norman = North Men. Normandy = North Men Land.

Let us look at them calling the future king "William". It is only cheap historians that use the name "William". He was born Wilhelm and only ever called Wilhelm. It is like saying you like the music of John Bach or Lewis Van Beethoven. I understand for the public to anglicize his name, but for anything that purports to being historical, really. I think "Carry on Cleo" had a more solid historical grounding than this.

I gave up with the stupidity after 30 minutes, I could not cope with any more.
JamtomayReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 January 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Some time-wasting; possibly to pad the run-time. Otherwise inoffensive.
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For a film that is ~85 mins there is a fair amount of time-wasting. I don't particularly mind the lacklustre combat or the somewhat misleading description (as pointed out by other reviews), provided each scene tells us something new about the characters, gives us some new information or progresses the story in some way. I feel it was rather hit and miss in this regard throughout the entire film. For example In the first 15 mins we watch the same scene twice (Robert and William get sworn is as Duke in two separate but functionally identical scenes).

The camera has a tendency to linger on shots seemingly at random. Sometimes this works in favour of the film, i.e. it hints at a young William's trepidation, or foreshadows some conflict. However, it often it seems like it is only there to stretch the run-time. This is one of the reasons I suspect it was made for television (if I'm wrong, take my review as being 2 stars).

The locations are fine, the acting is perfectly serviceable and the props and costumes are quite solid for a presumably low budget. Although I must stress that I am no historian, nothing stuck out to me as odd. The main reason I watched this film was to practise listening to French. I have no complaints here, the audio was fairly clear and I was able to follow along with little issue. I even learned some new words that I wouldn't have known otherwise, though they probably aren't that useful to me.

All in all, it is the sort of film you watch on television in a Christmas food coma, inoffensive but not very memorable. There are better French audio films to watch on this platform.
rbmusicman/and/movie-fan'Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 August 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
BEFORE THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS IN 1066 -
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Wasn't really sure what to expect from the film in truth, i do tend to buy historical themed films -
Ahead of the assault on England in 1066 the story is told of Williams childhood leading into manhood, the quest to,
claim back that which had been lost, and the difficulties he experiences to learn of who he really can rely upon.
To be honest the film, a low budget affair is pretty thin on script, and less than convincing with it's sword-play and
battle sequence (not Hastings)
The film is French speaking with English sub-titles.
6 people found this helpful
Michael RawReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 September 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
A mess: unconvincing and wooden. Avoid.
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Very poor. Inexcusably bungled and jumbled the events of 1066. Very weak battle scenes. Disjointed and often unfathomable plot. Poor, expressionless acting all round. Very disappointing. A missed opportunity. The events of William' early life and his path towards Hastings are so vivid that nobody or nothing could make a pig's ear of them - but this film does. Thought of two stars. But one star is a better reflection of this flop of a film.
4 people found this helpful
RAMReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 August 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
William the pre-conqueror fantasy
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This should clearly state that it is only Williams childhood and does not include the battle of Hastings.
The childhood bit appeared to have a lot of fantasy added.
The best thing about it was the costume and equipment which looked very good to me,
the most annoying part was that most of the scenes were at night or filmed in poor day light so that it was hard to see.
I thought I'd found a DVD that I was going to really enjoy on a part of history that has been badly missed by film makers and so I was very disappointed.
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