- Anvilicious: Made in the early 70's, the movie was influenced by the anti-war feeling of the time. To wit, when the British trap the French cavalry, one British officer disorientedly wanders around the battlefield, yelling about why they're killing each other. He survives (or is never killed onscreen). Another officer immediately after is showing encouraging his troops to fight "For England," and is shot in the head.
- Base-Breaking Character: Is Rod Steiger's portrayal of Napoleon flamboyant yet nuanced, or embarrassingly hammy? Critics and fans who feel the latter are fairly common.
- Tear Jerker: Napoleon bidding adieu to his guard in the court of Fontainbleau.
YMMV / Waterloo