7.1/10
3,626
18 user 8 critic

Germinal (1993)

In mid-nineteenth-century northern France, a coal mining town's workers are exploited by the mine's owner. One day, they decide to go on strike, and the authorities repress them.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Germinal (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

1863. Etienne Lantier, who has been fired from a railway company for being involved in union activities, lands a miner's job in the North of France. He finds bed and lodging at the Maheus',... See full summary »

Director: Yves Allégret
Stars: Jean Sorel, Berthe Granval, Claude Brasseur
Uranus (1990)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After World War II, a small French village struggles to put the war behind as the controlling Communist Party tries to flush out Petain loyalists. The local bar owner, a simple man who ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Berri
Stars: Philippe Noiret, Gérard Depardieu, Michel Blanc
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Colonel Chabert has been severely wounded in the French-Russian Napoleonic war to the point that the medical examiner has signed his death certificate. When he regains his health and memory... See full summary »

Director: Yves Angelo
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant, Fabrice Luchini
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy.

Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

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.

Director: Claude Berri
Stars: Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young boy's life in turn-of-the-century France. Marcel, witnesses the success of his teacher father, as well as the success of his arrogant Uncle Jules. Marcel and family spend their ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Robert
Stars: Philippe Caubère, Nathalie Roussel, Didier Pain
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The clumsy son of a deceased police hero joins the police and his task is to protect a reporter from the most famous gangster of Paris.

Director: Claude Zidi
Stars: Coluche, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Lavanant
Tchao pantin (1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Lambert, a burned-out case, works the night shift at a gas station, rarely speaking, living alone, drinking. Bensoussan, raised in foster homes, now a small-time pusher for a bar owner ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Berri
Stars: Coluche, Richard Anconina, Agnès Soral
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A beautiful but shy shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father's land caused his death years earlier.

Director: Claude Berri
Stars: Yves Montand, Emmanuelle Béart, Daniel Auteuil
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Veronique, living with her divorced mother, is going on holiday to Mauritius with her father. To impress a local boy, Benjamin, she manages to complicate the situation by making up stories ... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Lauzier
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Marie Gillain, Catherine Jacob
Le pari (1997)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Deux beaux-frères, Didier et Bernard se lancent un défi: chacun ne doit pas fumer pendant quatorze jours. Ce pari, qui se prolongera ultimement sur beaucoup plus longtemps, bouleversera ... See full summary »

Directors: Didier Bourdon, Bernard Campan
Stars: Didier Bourdon, Bernard Campan, Isabelle Ferron
Adventure | Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Every holiday Marcel and his family go to their cottage in the Provence (France). He likes the hills in this region. Before they arrive at the cottage they have to walk about 5 miles. With ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Robert
Stars: Julien Ciamaca, Philippe Caubère, Nathalie Roussel
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Maheude
Renaud ...
Étienne Lantier
...
Judith Henry ...
Jean-Roger Milo ...
...
...
Bernard Fresson ...
Victor Deneulin
Jean-Pierre Bisson ...
Rasseneur
...
Philippe Hennebeau
...
Madame Hennebeau
Gérard Croce ...
Maigrat
...
Annick Alane ...
Madame Grégoire
Pierre Lafont ...
Léon Grégoire
Edit

Storyline

It's mid 19th century, north of France. The story of a coal miner's town. They are exploited by the mine's owner. One day the decide to go on strike, and then the authorities repress them Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

mine owner | mine | coal | strike | worker | See All (156) »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for intense depiction of suffering and class conflict | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

31 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Germinal  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

FRF 164,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$378,854 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Finnish censorship visa # V-02591. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, when Etienne and Catherine are looking for the way out of the mine, we see the shadows of the lamps on the right wall of the tunnel. It's to be supposed that the only light inside the mine came from the lamps. See more »

Quotes

Etienne Lantier: Capitalist tyranny is destroying us.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
genius
6 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Genius - Hollywood can never touch this.

We should be thankful that there is a country that produces real films

  • and of this scope.




I cringe to think how badly this would have been mutilated by Americans
  • we'd have a happy ending, they'd "go easy" on the commie stuff, there


would be no premarital relations, the shopkeeper would be spared, some bland and muscly "action hero" type would catch the saboteur character and they'd fight with wrenches - sparks flying in the mineshaft. They would take out all social commentary, rename it etc etc... And then - the sequel "Germinal 2 - the Heroes of the Pit!" in a modern day setting with oil wells and helicopters.

Anyway, in all sincerity, I hope the accountants of Hollywood never try to butcher this story.


18 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?