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Germinal -- It's mid 19th century in northern France. The story is about a coal miner's town. The 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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31 March 1994 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Miou-Miou ... Maheude
Renaud ... Étienne Lantier

Jean Carmet ... Vincent Maheu dit Bonnemort
Judith Henry ... Catherine Maheu
Jean-Roger Milo ... Chaval

Gérard Depardieu ... Toussaint Maheu

Laurent Terzieff ... Souvarine
Bernard Fresson ... Victor Deneulin
Jean-Pierre Bisson ... Rasseneur

Jacques Dacqmine ... Philippe Hennebeau

Anny Duperey ... Madame Hennebeau
Gérard Croce ... Maigrat

Frédéric van den Driessche ... Paul Négrel
Annick Alane ... Madame Grégoire
Pierre Lafont ... Léon Grégoire
Thierry Levaret ... Zacharie Maheu
Fred Personne ... Pluchart
Cécile Bois ... Cécile Grégoire

Yolande Moreau ... La Levaque
Maximilien Regiani ... Pierron
Bruno Tuchszer ... Captain of the Guards

Anne-Marie Pisani ... La Mouquette
Fred Ulysse ... Dansaert
André Julien ... Mouque
Albano Guaetta ... Jeanlin Maheu
Georges Staquet ... Levaque
Yvette Petit ... Veuve Désir
Delphine Quentin ... Lucie Deneulin
Alexandrine Loeb ... Jeanne Deneulin
Solenn Jarniou ... Madame Rasseneur
Frédérique Ruchaud ... Honorine
Jenny Clève ... Rose
Fernand Kindt ... Company Secretary
André Chaumeau ... Company Cashier
Philippe Desboeuf ... Doctor
Séverine Huon ... Alzire Maheu
Jessica Sueur ... Lénore Maheu
Mathieu Mattez ... Henri Maheu
Alexandre Lekieffre ... Maxime
Sabrina Deladerière ... Philomène
Joël Petit ... Bébert
Nathalie Hequet ... Amélie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Claude Berri ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Corinne Masiero ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by
Claude Berri 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Claude Berri  writer
Arlette Langmann  writer
Émile Zola  novel

Produced by
Claude Berri .... producer
Pierre Grunstein .... executive producer
Bodo Scriba .... associate producer
Hervé Bourges .... co-producer (uncredited)
Georges Prost .... co-producer (uncredited)
André Rousselet .... co-producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Jean-Louis Roques 
Cinematography by
Yves Angelo 
Film Editing by
Hervé de Luze 
Casting by
Gérard Moulévrier 
Production Design by
Christian Marti 
Hoang Thanh At 
Art Direction by
Olivier Radot 
Costume Design by
Moidele Bickel  (as Bernadette Villard)
Caroline de Vivaise 
Sylvie Gautrelet 
Makeup Department
Dominique Colladant .... special makeup effects artist
Reiko Kruk .... special makeup effects artist
Hugues Lavau .... makeup artist
Joël Lavau .... makeup artist
Nathalie Louichon .... makeup artist
Isabelle Luzet .... hair stylist
Gérald Portenart .... key hair stylist
Pierre Vadé .... hair stylist
Production Management
Francis Barrois .... assistant unit manager
Patrick Bordier .... production manager
Marc Vadé .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frédéric Auburtin .... first assistant director
Eric Bartonio .... second assistant director
Natalie Engelstein .... second assistant director
Nathalie Engelstein .... second assistant director
Art Department
Yann Biquand .... second assistant decorator
Frédéric Bénard .... assistant art director
Jean-René Coulon .... property master
Denis Gautelier .... carpenter
Frédéric Jourdan .... carpenter
Mathieu Junot .... props buyer
Yvon Moreno .... painter
Patrick Schmitt .... prop buyer
Sound Department
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Bernard Chaumeil .... boom operator
Pascal Chauvin .... sound effects
Mathilde Cousin .... assistant sound editor
Pierre Gamet .... sound engineer
Dominique Hennequin .... re-recording mixer
Michel Klochendler .... sound
Jacques Lévy .... post-synchronisation
Jacques Lévy .... post-synchronization
Jean-Noël Yven .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Jean-Pierre Maricourt .... special effects (as Jean-Pierre Moricourt)
Derek Meddings .... special effects coordinator
Christophe Messaoudi .... special effects
Philippe Sylvain .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Angus Bickerton .... model unit focus puller
David Carrigan .... first assistant director: vfx unit
Alan Church .... clapper loader: Magic Camera Co
Alan Church .... focus puller: Magic Camera Co
José Granell .... director of miniature effects
Antony Hunt .... executive producer: The Magic Camera Company
Frederic Moreau .... optical effects supervisor
Antoine Simkine .... visual effects executive producer: Duboi
Andy Stevens .... model unit camera assistant: Magic Camera Co
Jérôme Henry Team .... stunts (as Jerome Henry)
Frédéric Vallet .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Benoît Barbier .... still photographer
Stéphane Cry .... electrician
Patrick de Ranter .... Steadicam operator
Laurent Fleutot .... first assistant camera
Gil Fontbonne .... grip
Charlie Freess .... key grip
Jean-Yves Freess .... best boy grip
Marc Koninckx .... Steadicam operator
Marc Koninckx .... second camera operator
Denis Moncel .... gaffer
Patrick Renault .... electrician
Nicolas Sommermeyer .... grip
Alain Tanguy .... electrician
Richard Vidal .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nathalie Chesnais .... wardrobe
Christophe Giraud .... costume painter/dyer
Pierre-Jean Larroque .... wardrobe
Gil Noir .... wardrobe
Fabio Perrone .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Nadia Ben Rachid .... assistant editor
Laure Mercier .... assistant editor
Raphaël Péaud .... assistant editor
Isabelle Tat .... assistant editor
Location Management
Jean-René Coulon .... location manager
Music Department
Jean-Claude Casadesus .... conductor
Bernard Gérard .... music arranger
Other crew
Élizabeth Boorn .... production secretary
Pierre Choumeurthe .... production assistant
Sylvie Coen .... legal counsel
Claude Davy .... press attaché
Nicolas Davy .... production assistant
Nicole Dehayes .... choreographer
Alain Dumoulin .... miners' tools made by
Claude Fenioux .... financial controller
Véronique Lagrange .... script supervisor
Catherine Staub .... production accountant
Pierre Trémouille .... financial director

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Rated R for intense depiction of suffering and class conflict
160 min | South Korea:144 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Finnish censorship visa # V-02591.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Toussaint Maheu:Take good care of it. For a miner a lamp is his sun.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in It All Starts Today (1999)See more »


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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
And you thought YOU had it bad?, 17 July 2005
Author: ( from Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques, Norfolk, VA.

"Germinal" (French, 1993): This EPIC story, adapted from Emile Zola's novel and put to film by Claude Berri (director of "Jean de Florette" and "Manon of the Spring"), is the gritty depiction of hard working coal miners in 1800's France, trying to eek out a living and better their lives by forming a labor union. Loaded with issues rising through the Industrial Age, Gerard Depardieu, Miou-Miou, Judith Henry, and Jean-Roger Milo deservedly star in a frighteningly bleak setting, with ominous musical scoring, and the relentless, black dust of coal. Comparisons to the wealthy mine owners lives, opulent and very isolated from their industry's realities, are blatant and clear. Zola wanted some economic and moral balance – even just a little – and set about depicting a situation that could not be denied.

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