MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 30,131 this week

Germinal (1993)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  March 1994 (USA)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 3,014 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 8 critic

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:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 12 Feb 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 24 May 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 30 Aug 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 24 Aug 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Germinal" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Germinal (1993)

Germinal (1993) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Germinal.

User Polls

2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 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
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
Hard Off (1999)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Director: Claude Berri
Stars: Claude Berri, Fanny Ardant, Claude Brasseur
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

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

Director: Claude Berri
Stars: Yves Montand, Emmanuelle Béart, Daniel Auteuil
A Housekeeper (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After his wife leaves him for another man, Jacques hires a housekeeper, Laura, to keep his Paris apartment in order. As he starts increasing her hours and spending more time with her on her... See full summary »

Director: Claude Berri
Stars: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Émilie Dequenne, Brigitte Catillon
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 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
Gervaise (1956)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Gervaise Macquart, a young lame laundress, is left by her lover Auguste Lantier with two boys... She manages to make it, and a few years later she marries Coupeau, a roofer. After working ... See full summary »

Director: René Clément
Stars: Maria Schell, François Périer, Jany Holt
Lucie Aubrac (1997)
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A love story or a tale of the resistance, this poignant movie tells both the haunting story of a French resistance cell in Lyon but also the love of Lucie Aubrac for her husband, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Berri
Stars: Carole Bouquet, Daniel Auteuil, Patrice Chéreau
The Goat (1981)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When the accident-prone daughter of a French businessman disappears in Brazil and the detective sent down to find her returns empty-handed, the businessman's company psychologist comes up ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Veber
Stars: Pierre Richard, Gérard Depardieu, Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
The ComDads (1983)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Unable to find her runaway son, a woman deceives two of her ex-lovers from her youth, a mild-mannered teacher and a tough journalist, that each is the real father in order to obtain their ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Veber
Stars: Pierre Richard, Gérard Depardieu, Anny Duperey
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Albert Capellani
Stars: Mévisto, Jean Jacquinet, Henry Krauss
Le garçu (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Antoine is 4. His father Gerard leaves his mother Sophie. Gerard has a lot of mistresses, but never knows how to leave them. Sophie takes a new lover, Jeannot.

Director: Maurice Pialat
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Géraldine Pailhas, Antoine Pialat
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Maheude
Renaud ...
Étienne Lantier
...
Judith Henry ...
Jean-Roger Milo ...
...
Laurent Terzieff ...
Bernard Fresson ...
Victor Deneulin
Jean-Pierre Bisson ...
Rasseneur
Jacques Dacqmine ...
Philippe Hennebeau
Anny Duperey ...
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 more »

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:

March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De mijn  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

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?

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

Victor Deneulin: Before you make a living I must make a living first. The smallest increase will bankrupt me.
See more »

Connections

Version of Germinal; or, The Toll of Labor (1913) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Very good movie for people who are interested in the life of the ordinary man during the industrial revolution
14 May 2005 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

I've never been interested in costume drama's that deal with 18th and 19th century high society. As I once said before in another review: "There is just too much gold foil, too much ugly wigs and pompous costumes, too much over the top decors, just too much of everything that I detest in it" and I really haven't changed my idea about that so far. But when I'm able to see a movie that deals with the life of the ordinary man in that time period, than I'm always willing to give it a chance.

"Germinal" is such a movie that deals with life of the ordinary man and woman. It tells the story of the coal miners in the region of Lille, in the North of France at the end of the 19th century. They are all poor, they work too hard in awful conditions and they don't get paid what they deserve by the bosses who only want to get richer and richer by doing whatever they can so they won't have to pay a cent to their workforce. Of course the miners aren't happy with that situation and when they get into contact with two men who both want to change the situation, one a communist union man and the other one an anarchist, the miners soon go on a strike, with some very unpleasant consequences as a result...

What first went through my mind while seeing this one, was that this movie has a lot of similarities with "Daens" (1993), the Belgian movie that tells the story of the poor textile workers in Flanders at the end of the 19th century. It's the same time period and both regions are only about 60 miles or 90 kilometers apart. If you like to see what life in the European industrial regions at the end of the 19th century was like, than both movies are certainly something you shouldn't miss.

What I liked about the movie as well was that it had a good pace and that it stayed interesting from the beginning until the end. It could have been very easy for the director to make a movie about this subject that lasted 5 or 6 hours, but than it might have lost much of its power. Now, you get a pretty good idea of what life in that region during the industrial revolution was like, without having to struggle through too many details that don't really contribute to the story. Next to the good story, I must say that I also liked the acting. Even though Gérard Depardieu hasn't always made the best choices of movies to play in, I always like him in the role of the ordinary man, the underdog that has to fight the system. I liked him in the mini-series "Les Misérables" as well and he has the same kind of role in this movie. The other actors did a fine job as well, even though I have to admit that I don't really know anyone of them, except for Bernard Fresson perhaps. All in all this is a very good adaptation of the novel by Émile Zola. It does exactly what I expected from it and that's why I give it at least a 7.5/10.


10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
READ THE BOOK! alison-67
Germinal (Region 2) alison-smith
Etienne's role Holden27
Region 1 w/English subtitles? pemory09
Discuss Germinal (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?