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Danton (1983)

In 1793, as the Terror begins in France, Georges Danton, a champion-of-the-people, returns to clash against Maximilien Robespierre and his extremist party.

Director:

Andrzej Wajda

Writers:

Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario), Stanislawa Przybyszewska (based on the play by: "L'Affaire Danton/Sprawa Dantona") | 4 more credits »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Danton
Wojciech Pszoniak ... Robespierre
Anne Alvaro Anne Alvaro ... Éléonore Duplay
Roland Blanche Roland Blanche ... Lacroix
Patrice Chéreau ... Camille Desmoulins (as Patrice Chereau)
Emmanuelle Debever Emmanuelle Debever ... Louison Danton
Krzysztof Globisz ... Amar
Ronald Guttman ... Herman
Gérard Hardy Gérard Hardy ... Tallien
Tadeusz Huk ... Couthon
Stéphane Jobert Stéphane Jobert ... Panis
Marian Kociniak ... Lindet
Marek Kondrat ... Barère de Vieuzac
Boguslaw Linda ... Saint Just
Alain Macé Alain Macé ... Héron (as Alain Mace)
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Storyline

Action opens in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety, under Robespierre's incitement, has begun a series of massive executions, The Terror. Confident in the people's support, Danton clashes with his former ally, but calculating Robespierre soon rounds up Danton and his followers, tries them before a revolutionary tribunal and dipatches them to the guillotine. Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Poland

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 January 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Sylvia Kristel was the first choice for the role of Lucille. See more »

Goofs

Robespierre tells Jacques Louis David to remove Fabre d'Englantine from the painting of the Tennis Court Oath. David objects, saying, "But he was there," but removes d'Englantine. In truth, d'Englantine did not take part in the Tennis Court Oath, since in 1789 he was not a deputy to the Estates General. Thus, the film falsifies history. See more »

Quotes

Danton: Another fault: being popular and strong, when only anonymity and cunning guarantee one a long life. If you desire a long life, you must not be loved. That's one of our new laws, all the more powerful for being unwritten. Woe to strong men loved by the people!
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Crazy Credits

Anne Alvaro gets an "and introducing" credit ("et pour la première fois à l'écran"). See more »

Alternate Versions

The dialogue in the dubbed version with American voice actors sometimes differs sharply from the original: for example, Robespierre's last words to Saint-Just are not the dismissive "Don't wake me when you leave" ("Ne me réveillez pas quand tu sortiras") but the prophetic "Whatever happens will happen soon" (so that, like Danton, he apparently realises he will shortly meet Danton's fate). See more »

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Featured in One Hundred and One Nights (1995) See more »

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Historic film about the struggles among two greatest figures of French revolution
19 April 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film tells upon the title role , Danton (Gerard Depardieu) , confronting Robespierre ( Wojciech Pszoniak ) during French revolution . The film is based on real deeds , they are the following : Danton(1759-1794) as lawyer participated in overthrowing of king Louis XVI and the proclamation of the Republic , being Minister of Justice in the Convention (1792)and founder of Cordeliers club . He proposed creation revolutionary committees as the Public Salvation Committee which he presided but was substituted by Robespierre , starting a period of revolutionary dictatorship known as ¨the Terror¨(1793) . Besides , in the film appears other historic personages as Camille Desmoulins (Patrice Chereau , nowadays a famed filmmaker ) , Louis David (the prestigious painter) , Saint Just (a famous Jacobino) , Tallien...

The picture especially narrates the happenings surrounding the facing off of the two main figures , one-time revolution partners , and their posterior fall and execution , though gives results a contemporary parable about the modern Poland , thus Danton is Lech Walesa , the leader of syndicate named Solidarity and Robespierre is Wojciech Jaruzelski who was the Prime Minister who imposed the martial law in Poland . Gerard Depardieu is excellent in the title character and magnificently portrayed , also in secondary roles turn up awesome actors as the recently deceased Jacques Villeret ( Dinner game,Crimen in paradise ) and Angela Winkler ( The tin drum ). The motion picture is well directed by Andrzej Wajda , justly considered the best Polish director . The flick will appeal to historical cinema buffs and Gerad Depardieu fans .


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