Jean de Florette (1986)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  August 1987 (USA)
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A greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean de Florette (as Gerard Depardieu)
Elisabeth Depardieu ...
Margarita Lozano ...
Ernestine Mazurowna ...
Armand Meffre ...
André Dupon ...
Pamphile, le menuisier (as Andre Dupon)
Pierre Nougaro ...
Jean Maurel ...
Roger Souza ...
Didier Pain ...
Pierre-Jean Rippert ...
Marc Betton ...
Clement Cal ...


In a rural French village an old man and his only remaining relative cast their covetous eyes on an adjoining vacant property. They need its spring water for growing their flowers, so are dismayed to hear the man who has inherited it is moving in. They block up the spring and watch as their new neighbour tries to keep his crops watered from wells far afield through the hot summer. Though they see his desperate efforts are breaking his health and his wife and daughter's hearts they think only of getting the water. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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August 1987 (USA)  »

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During pre-production 12,000 carnations had to be planted and a dozen olive trees, each several hundred years old, had to be transplanted. See more »


When Jean is first fixing his roof and he bends over, the outline of the padding used to make his hunchback is clearly visible. See more »


[first lines]
[dialog in French, lines from English subtitles]
Ugolin: Papet! Papet! It's me, Ugolin!
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11 April 2004 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

Okay, you have to give a lot of the credit to Pagnol for the book, but this to me is one of the best movies ever made. - A classic, simple story, beautiful location beautifully filmed, and a triumvirate of marvellous actors in Depardieu, Auteuil and Montand.

- I saw this again a few days ago and enjoyed very minute. - Is it really true I have to submit at least ten lines? This is a new rule, right? Shouldn't you warn people before they start writing?

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