Saturday, May 16, 2009


Asterix in Amerika – German title
Asterix i Amerika – Dannish title
Asterix erobert Amerika – Dutch title
Asterix conquista l’America – Italian title
Astérix et les indiens – French title
Asterix Amerikassa – Finnish title
Asterix kai oi Indianoi – Greek title
Asterix en America – Spanish title
Asterix Conquers America – U.K. title
Asterix in America - English title

A 1994 German, French coproduction [Jurgendfilm-Verleih GmdH (Munich), Fox Pathé
Europa (Paris)]
Producers: Jurgen Wohlrabe, Juergen Polaszek
Director: Gerhard Hahn
Story: Albert Uderzo, Pierre Tchernia
Screenplay: Thomas Platt, Rhett Rooster
Dialogue: Robin Lyons, Andrew Affiler, Bill Speers [English]
Cinematography: Barry Newton, Thorsten Falke [color, Panoramico]
Animation: Andy Knight
Music: Harold Faltermeyer
Running time: 81 minutes

narrator - Harlad Juhnke, John Rye
Asterix, Obelix, Troubadix/Cacafonix, Centurian, Caesar, Ha-Tschi, medicine man, Getafix/Miraculix, Lucullus, Majestix/Vitalstastistix

After another spectacular defeat of a fresh centurion, Caesar sends Lucullus, one of his sycophants, to try to capture Getafix and throw him off the edge of the world (away from prying eyes in case things go badly).

Meanwhile Unhygienix is out of fresh fish (as always) which starts a fight, upsetting the cauldron of magic potion. Since fresh fish is a necessary ingredient Asterix and Obelix go to catch some while Getafix gathers herbs (Obelix sends Dogmatix with him to protect him). In the woods the druid meets Lucullus disguised as another druid, who leads him into a trap.

Lucullus bundles him and Dogmatix onto a Roman galley and heads for the "world's edge". On the way they pass Asterix and Obelix whose fishing is not doing well and Lucullus taunts them. The heroes give chase using Obelix as an outboard motor, but he is diverted by the aroma of food from the passing pirate ship. After a long pursuit, when they've nearly lost hope, a dolphin brings Dogmatix (who Lucullus had dropped overboard) and guides them to the Romans. Seeing the Gauls catching up and land ahead which he feels must be the world's edge, the Roman loads Getafix onto a catapult and flings him "over the edge". The Gauls follow the flying druid while Lucullus turns about for home.

Back at the village Caesar lays siege and waits for the last of the magic potion to run out, much to the centurion's chagrin (since having him attack is the test).

Asterix and Obelix explore the new land looking for Getafix, and find delicious birds they call "gobblers" (turkeys). Asterix is captured while Obelix hunts for breakfast, but instead catches a Native American whom he mistakes for a disguised Roman. When he finds Asterix gone, he has Dogmatix follow his scent. On the way he saves a young Native American girl from being trampled by a stampede of bison.

In the Native American camp Asterix awakes to find himself tied with Getafix to a pole, and the natives becoming restless — particularly the medicine man. Obelix and the girl arrive just in time to save them, and the chief (who turns out to be her father) frees them, but the medicine man is furious, especially after Getafix shows him up in a magic competition. That night he comes to the tipi assigned the visitors and pretends to offer peace, but uses the peace pipe to drug them.

In the morning Obelix is still suffering hallucinations from the drugs and Getafix has been taken prisoner by the medicine man in an attempt to learn the secret of making the magic potion. When he refuses, the medicine man releases a grizzly bear to tear him to bits, but Asterix — guided to the cave by Dogmatix — arrives in time, knocking the bear and villain both out of the picture. Minihooha, the chief's daughter, cures Obelix with a huge meal.

The natives give them a well-provisioned canoe which Obelix paddles tirelessly back across the ocean, but when they arrive back at their village, there are only burnt ruins left. A bound, gagged and forgotten Cacofonix tells them that Caesar has captured the villagers, so Asterix and Obelix — disguised as legionaries — take gourds of fresh potion to their friends imprisoned at the nearby camp of Compendium.

Soon the camp is wrecked, the Romans thumped and life gets back to normal for the gauls. Caesar himself takes the better part of valor and leaves disguised as a wine barrel, but the luckless Lucullus becomes the opportunistic meal of Caesar's pet panther.

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