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Director:
Writers:
Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario)
Stanislawa Przybyszewska (based on the play by: "L'Affaire Danton/Sprawa Dantona")
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Release Date:
12 January 1983 (France) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Action opens in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
aside from a less than perfect ending, it's an excellent film See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Gérard Depardieu ... Danton
Wojciech Pszoniak ... Robespierre
Anne Alvaro ... Éléonore Duplay
Roland Blanche ... Lacroix

Patrice Chéreau ... Camille Desmoulins (as Patrice Chereau)
Emmanuelle Debever ... Louison Danton
Krzysztof Globisz ... Amar

Ronald Guttman ... Herman
Gérard Hardy ... Tallien
Tadeusz Huk ... Couthon
Stéphane Jobert ... Panis
Marian Kociniak ... Lindet
Marek Kondrat ... Barère de Vieuzac
Boguslaw Linda ... Saint Just
Alain Macé ... Héron (as Alain Mace)
Bernard Maître ... Legendre
Lucien Melki ... Fabre d'Eglantine
Serge Merlin ... Philippeaux
Erwin Nowiaszek ... Collot d'Herbois (as Erwin Nowiaszak)
Leonard Pietraszak ... Carnot
Roger Planchon ... Fouquier-Tinville
Angel Sedgwick ... Frere Eleonore
Andrzej Seweryn ... Bourdon
Franciszek Starowieyski ... David
Jerzy Trela ... Billaud-Varenne
Jacques Villeret ... Westermann
Angela Winkler ... Lucile Desmoulins
Jean-Loup Wolff ... Herault de Seychelles
Czeslaw Wollejko ... Vadier
Wladimir Yordanoff ... Chef des gardes
Malgorzata Zajaczkowska ... Servante Duplay
Szymon Zaleski ... Lebas
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Artus de Penguern ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrzej Wajda 
 
Writing credits
Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario)

Stanislawa Przybyszewska (based on the play by: "L'Affaire Danton/Sprawa Dantona")

Andrzej Wajda (in collaboration with) and
Agnieszka Holland (in collaboration with) and
Boleslaw Michalek (in collaboration with) and
Jacek Gasiorowski (in collaboration with)

Produced by
Margaret Ménégoz .... producer (as Margaret Menegoz)
Barbara Pec-Slesicka .... producer
Emmanuel Schlumberger .... delegate producer
Renzo Rossellini .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jean Prodromidès  (as Jean Prodromides)
 
Cinematography by
Igor Luther 
 
Film Editing by
Halina Prugar-Ketling 
 
Casting by
Marie-Christine Lafosse 
Henri Laurent 
 
Production Design by
Allan Starski 
 
Art Direction by
Gilles Vaster 
 
Set Decoration by
Jean Caromel 
Henri Lacoste 
Barbara Nowak 
Maria Osiecka-Kuminek 
 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle 
 
Makeup Department
Anna Adamek .... hair stylist
Jacky Bouban .... makeup artist (as Jackie Bouban)
Renata Bukovska .... makeup artist
Ulla Gawalkiewicz .... hair stylist
Iwona Kaminska .... hair stylist (as Ywona Kaminska)
Elzbieta Malka .... hair stylist (as Elzbieta Malka-Hen)
Jacques Michel .... hair stylist
Jacky Reynal .... makeup artist (as Jackie Reynal)
 
Production Management
Patrick Bordier .... unit manager
Jean de Trégomain .... unit manager (as Jean De Tregomain)
Alain Depardieu .... production manager
Jean-Marc Deschamps .... unit manager
Anna Grot .... unit manager
Alina Klobukowska .... unit manager
Maciej Skalski .... unit manager
Laurent Thiery .... unit manager
Maciej Wojtulewicz .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elsa Chabrol .... assistant director
Krystyna Grochowicz .... assistant director
Hugues de Laugardière .... assistant director (as Hugues De Laugardiere)
Michel Lisowski .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Conrad Chamberlain .... property master
Jacky Courtin .... property master
Laurent Coutellier .... property master (as Laurent Coutelier)
Guy Fabre .... property master
Jacques Flamand .... set dresser
Emil Kostecki .... property master
 
Sound Department
Bruno Charier .... sound
Louis Gimel .... sound
Dominique Hennequin .... sound
Gérard Lecas .... sound (as Gerard Lecas)
Zygmunt Nowak .... foley artist
Jean-Pierre Ruh .... sound
Piotr Zawadzki .... sound
John Marshall .... associate dubbing editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Balthazard .... grip (as Louis Balthazar)
Stefano Guidi .... assistant camera
Jean-Claude Le Bras .... lighting technician (as Jean-Claude Lebras)
Renata Pajchel .... still photographer
Georges Pierre .... still photographer
Guillaume Schiffman .... assistant camera
Marian Sloboda .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katherine Dorr .... costumer
Mimi Gayo .... costumer
Fanny Jakubowicz .... costumer (as Fanny Yakubowicz)
Anne de Laugardière .... costumer (as Anne De Laugardiere)
Anne Le Moal .... costumer
Julie Lherm .... costumer
Wieslawa Starska .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Anita Lecoeur .... assistant editor
Sophie Menuet .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Majiec Jaskiewicz .... chorus master
Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra .... orchestra (as l'Orchestre de la Philharmonie de Varsovie)
Jan Pruszak .... conductor
Chór Towarzystwa Muzycznego Warszawa .... chorus (as Chorale de la Societe de Musique de Varsovie)
 
Other crew
Jan Baszkiewicz .... historical consultant (as Prof. Jan Baszkiewicz)
Claude Bertonazzi .... administrator
Amira Chemakhi .... administrator
Hervé Grandsart .... historical advisor (as Herve Grandsart)
Jacek Górnowicz .... administrator
Wanda Helbert .... administrator
Iwona Klapinska .... production secretary
Stefan Meller .... historical consultant (as Prof. Stefan Meller)
Simon Mizrahi .... press agent
Sylvie Richez .... production secretary
 

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Runtime:
136 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:12 (DVD rating) | UK:PG (original rating) (1983-2006) | USA:PG | West Germany:12 (f)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The part of famous painter Jacques-Louis David is played by a real painter, Franciszek Starowieyski.See more »
Quotes:
Danton:Show my head to the people. It is worth seeing.See more »

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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
aside from a less than perfect ending, it's an excellent film, 20 March 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Danton was a hero and one of the founders of the French Revolution of 1789. This movie is set five years later and the revolution has morphed into something ugly. While initially the revolution promised freedom, at this point the small committee running the country is extremely repressive and is a dictatorship. Danton and his friends were angry at how the country wasn't better off in 1794 than it was BEFORE they got rid of their king, so they begin criticizing the government. The movie begins as the printer who makes critical pamphlets concerning the government is beaten and his business is destroyed. So much for "liberty, equality and fraternity"! So, as a result of being silenced this way, Danton et al begin publicly criticizing the government. Eventually, Robespierre (the leader of the committee) and his cronies trump up charges, have a show trial and get rid of the dissent. Some have mentioned that the Polish director, Wajda, also intended this to be a criticism of his own nation--which, at the time, was Soviet-dominated and very repressive as well. This makes sense as you see the movie unfold--especially when the government destroys all dissent "in the name of the people".

The acting is fine, the story compelling and I have no major criticism of the film. However, I really wish the ending had been handled differently. Especially because other than history lovers and French people, most probably have no idea that this execution helped to end the government. AFTER this purge of Danton in April 1794, Robespierre himself was executed in July 1794 because the country had just had enough--plus, those surviving Frenchmen knew that they, too, would face the guillotine sooner or later if this sick system remained in place. Some sort of an epilogue would have been nice--such as showing the soldiers coming for Robespierre. He responded by trying to kill himself first, but he only succeeded in blowing off part of his face--still alive, he was guillotined shortly afterward. This would have been a dandy little epilogue and could have been done in about five minutes. However, not showing a connection between Danton's death and the fall of the government is an odd thing to omit.

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