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Germinal (1993)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  March 1994 (USA)
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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.

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Maheude
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Étienne Lantier
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Judith Henry ...
Jean-Roger Milo ...
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Laurent Terzieff ...
Bernard Fresson ...
Victor Deneulin
Jean-Pierre Bisson ...
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Jacques Dacqmine ...
Philippe Hennebeau
Anny Duperey ...
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Gérard Croce ...
Maigrat
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Annick Alane ...
Madame Grégoire
Pierre Lafont ...
Léon Grégoire
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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>

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

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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 »

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Etienne Lantier: Who needs God and Heaven? We can change this lousy world.
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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.


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