Germinal (1993)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  31 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Renaud ...
Étienne Lantier
Judith Henry ...
Jean-Roger Milo ...
Laurent Terzieff ...
Bernard Fresson ...
Victor Deneulin
Jean-Pierre Bisson ...
Jacques Dacqmine ...
Philippe Hennebeau
Anny Duperey ...
Madame Hennebeau
Gérard Croce ...
Annick Alane ...
Madame Grégoire
Pierre Lafont ...
Léon Grégoire


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 <>

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mine owner | mine | coal | strike | worker | See All (153) »


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

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Release Date:

31 March 1994 (USA)  »

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Germinal  »

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FRF 164,000,000 (estimated)


$378,854 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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French visa # 80759. See more »


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 »


Etienne Lantier: Capitalist tyranny is destroying us.
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Version of Germinal (1970) See more »

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How in the world do you get out of exploitation by the rich?
10 October 1999 | by (Québec, Québec, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Germinal" is a vivid, colorful, eloquent rendering of how the life of mine workers was in Europe in late 19th century. It is also a powerful illustration of how a strike could come about in that time, and how difficult - almost hopeless - it could seem for those dirt-poor people to try and improve their miserable life conditions. Of course, the contrast with the bourgeoisie is striking and thought-provoking. Depardieu (as Maheu) is, as usual, a giant figure, and most other actors are also very convincing. One question that remains when you saw it all is : can you really change a society's deep, unfair structure without violence?

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