Year: 2002
UK: Pathe Distribution
Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, Jamel Debbouze, Monica Bellucci, Claude Rich, Gerard Darmon, Alain Chabat, Dieudonne, Isabelle Nanty, Edouard Baer, Jean Benguigui, Pierre Tchernia, Chantal Lauby
Director: Alain Chabat
Countries: France / Germany
Language: French (English subtitles)
UK: 108 mins
UK Certificate: PG contains mild bad language and innocuous drug references
UK Release Date: 18 October 2002


The scene is set in the year 52 BC. The whole of Gaul may not yet be occupied, but Egypt, ruled by the mighty Cleopatra - yes, the one with the nose - has fallen under the yoke of the Roman Empire. Even worse, Cleopatra has chosen to render her heart unto Caesar, Julius Caesar, Emperor of the greatest of all peoples. So he says.

Sickened by Caesar's sarcastic remarks, the proud and beautiful queen makes a bet with him: if she manages to have the most magnificent palace possible built for him within 3 months, in the middle of the desert, he will admit publicly that the Egyptian people are the greatest of all people.

To carry out this difficult task, Cleopatra chooses Edifis, an up-and-coming avant-garde architect: if he succeeds, she'll cover him with gold. If he fails, she'll throw him to the famished royal crocodiles.

A deadline that's impossible to meet without a miracle! And the miracle is called Asterix, Obelix and their faithful friend, the druid Getafix, guardian of the Magic Potion.

The evil Artifis, Cleopatra's official architect, is very jealous and he decides to do everything in his power to get revenge. With his back to the wall, of which not a single stone has been laid, Edifis sets off for Gaul to find the druid Getafix whose magic potion is used exclusively by just a few Gauls... But faced with Caesar's mighty armies, headed by the formidable Tividinnus, and the cunning of his enemy Artifis, will the potion be enough to enable Edifis and his zealous and cerebral scribe Otis to complete the titanic project on time?

The wise Getafix therefore asks his friends Asterix and Obelix, along with Dogmatix, to add all their ingenuity, courage, strength and humour to the brew to help Edifis to build his palace in time. Otherwise, look out for the crocs and the pirates!


Making of featurette
Can be watched in French or English