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17 October 1997 (USA) See more »
A most remarkable true story of love affairs, scandals and espionage.
The life story of the titular Beaumarchais (Fabrice Luchini), playwright and adventurer, who gets himself... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fabrice Luchini ... Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

Sandrine Kiberlain ... Marie-Thérèse

Manuel Blanc ... Gudin

Michel Aumont ... Baron de Breteuil

Jean-François Balmer ... Sartine

Jean-Claude Brialy ... Abbot

Patrick Bouchitey ... Monsieur Lejay
Evelyne Bouix ... Madame Vigee Lebrun

Isabelle Carré ... Rosine

José Garcia ... Figaro

Alain Chabat ... Le courtisan à Versailles
Pierre Gérard ... Comte de Provence

Judith Godrèche ... Marie-Antoinette

Murray Head ... Lord Rochford
Axelle Laffont ... Mariette Lejay
Martin Lamotte ... Comte de la Blache

Guy Marchand ... Court Member

François Morel ... Peasent in Court
Claire Nebout ... Chevalier d'Eon

Michel Piccoli ... Prince de Conti

Michel Serrault ... Louis XV
Florence Thomassin ... Marion Menard
Jacques Weber ... Duc de Chaulnes

Jean Yanne ... Louis Goezman
Dominique Besnehard ... Louis XVI
André Oumansky ... Le président du Parlement
Maka Kotto ... Cezaire
Jeff Nuttall ... Benjamin Franklin

Jay Benedict ... L'homme en gris

Dominic Gould ... Arthur Lee
Niels Dubost ... Count Almaviva
Marc Dudicourt ... Bartholo
Cecile Van Den Abeele ... Suzanne
Etienne Draber ... Brid'oison
David Gabison ... Doublemain
Marie Delerm ... Marceline

Séverine Ferrer ... Lison-Cherubin
Roger Brierley ... Printer
Patrice Laffont ... Un douanier

Richard Durden ... Smith
Jean-Marie Besset ... Desfontaines
Jean-Claude de Goros ... The Fanatic
Maurice Illouz ... Theatre Concierge
Pascal Thomas ... Theatre Critic
Alex Broutard ... Theatre Critic
Sandrine Le Berre ... La jeune fille de Conti
Léon Clémence ... Commanding Officer
Jean-Philippe Daguerre ... Young Officer at Theatre
Daniel Villattes ... Le perturbateur au théâtre
Jean Wassmer ... Court Official
Robert Sandrey ... Le vieil assesseur
Pierre Lopez ... Le jeune homme au tribunal
Jean-Michel Geneste ... Tramp in Court
William Doherty ... Rochford's Majordomo
Bruno Lochet ... Le geôlier français
Patrice Le Guet ... Le majordome de Franklin
John Armstrong ... L'officier anglais
Eric Wapier ... Le concierge d'Hortales
Romain Sellier ... Le prisonnier anglais
Marc Habib ... Chamberlain
Luc Teyssier D'Orfeuil ... L'officier de la garde au théâtre
Eloise Laffont ... Une enfant
Violaine Barret ... Une femme au théâtre
Nicolas Vayssie ... Un jeune homme au théâtre
Dominique Dheur ... Le mari au théâtre
Frédéric Foucault ... Man in Theatre Sqaure
Xavier Cantat ... Student in Theatre Square
Jean-Christophe Fleith ... L'officier de la chasse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Pierre Arditi ... Narrator / Récitant (voice) (uncredited)
Laurent Balandras ... Un partisan de Beaumarchais (uncredited)
Roland Blanche ... Charles Thévenot De Morande (uncredited)

Directed by
Édouard Molinaro 
Writing credits
Sacha Guitry (inspired: Librement inspiré de l'oeuvre inédite de)

Édouard Molinaro (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) and
Jean-Claude Brisville (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
Linda Bruce .... executive producer: England
Dominique Brunner .... executive producer
Charles Gassot .... producer
Original Music by
Jean-Claude Petit 
Cinematography by
Michael Epp  (as Michaêl Epp)
Film Editing by
Véronique Parnet 
Casting by
Catherine Molinaro 
Production Design by
Jean-Marc Kerdelhué 
Art Direction by
Cécile Arlet Colin 
Set Decoration by
Marie-Noëlle Giraud 
Karen Granger 
Costume Design by
Sylvie de Segonzac 
Makeup Department
Patrick Archambault .... hair stylist
Claude Belot .... hair stylist
Jean-Pierre Berroyer .... key makeup artist
Michèle Constantinides .... makeup artist
Catherine George .... makeup artist
Paul Le Marinel .... key makeup artist
Annick Legout .... makeup artist
Denis Poulain .... wig maker
Nikita Rae .... hair stylist: England
Nikita Rae .... makeup artist: UK
Kirstie Stanway .... hair stylist: England
Kirstie Stanway .... makeup artist: UK
Jessica Williams .... hair stylist: England
Jessica Williams .... makeup artist: UK
Production Management
Emmanuel Agostini .... unit production manager: Bordeaux
Sylvie Duluc .... unit manager: Bordeaux
Marilla Elliott .... unit manager: England
Marc Guidetti .... unit manager
Didier Hoarau .... unit production manager
David Lueza .... unit manager
Rachel Neale .... unit production manager: England
Claude Parnet .... production manager
Eric Rodriguez .... unit manager: Bordeaux
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sara Desmond .... assistant director: England
Gilles Dubroca .... assistant director: Bordeaux
Cordelia Hardy .... assistant director: England
Robert Kechichian .... first assistant director
Catherine Molinaro .... first assistant director
Stephane Moreno-Carpio .... third assistant director
Toby Sherborne .... assistant director: England
Vincent Trintignant .... second assistant director
Art Department
John Bohan .... construction manager: UK
Camille Bougon-Pigneul .... second assistant
Christian Gazio .... property master
Nadine Hibon .... second assistant art director
Frédéric Jourdan .... carpenter
Arnaud Le Roch .... assistant art director
Boris Piot .... swing gang
Sound Department
Hervé Bénard .... sound recordist
Pascal Chauvin .... sound effects
Marie-Blanche Colonna .... dialogue editor
Michel Filippi .... synchronization
Patrice Grisolet .... sound editor
Dominique Hennequin .... sound
Benoît Le Louarn .... sound recordist
Dominique Warnier .... sound
Visual Effects by
Antoine Simkine .... visual effects executive producer: Duboi
Andy Bradford .... stunts: England unit
Philippe Lazoore .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Arnaud Borrel .... still photographer
Laetitia Colombani .... camera trainee
Pascal Gennesseaux .... camera operator
Marc Koninckx .... Steadicam operator
Emile Laisné .... key grip
Casting Department
Sophie Coulaud .... extras casting: Bordeaux
Carine Crouzille .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marylin Fitoussi .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Hélène Auzet .... negative cutter
Marcela Figueroa .... assistant editor
Georges-Henri Mauchant .... assistant editor
Raymond Terrentin .... color timer
Location Management
Damien Fleury .... location manager
Music Department
Roland Guillotel .... music mixer
London Studio Orchestra .... musician (as The London Studio Orchestras)
Jean-Claude Petit .... conductor
Other crew
Denise Anderson .... production staff
Patrick Aubrée .... script supervisor
Claude Carliez .... armorer
Sylvie Chevereau-Marchais .... production administrator
Pierre Darde .... choreographer
Marie-Jo Duchemin .... production assistant
Laurence Granec .... press relations
François Hardy .... coach consultant
Susan Jacobs .... publicist
Mario Luraschi .... horse consultant
Magali Magnan .... stage editor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Beaumarchais l'insolent" - France (original title)
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100 min | USA:116 min | Argentina:115 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Magnifique, 22 October 1998
Author: Scoopy from Budapest

This is a must-see film. It is a sumptuous period piece on any terms, with consistently splendid visuals of both interiors and exteriors.

But forget all that. It is everything a movie should be: inspiring, clever, funny, real .... what else do you want?

Beaumarchais is the watchmaker's son turned playwright who is most familiar to Western culture as the creator of Figaro, the central character is the famous Mozart and Rossini operas.

That he was, but he was also at times a court conspirator, a champion of liberty, a defender of the weak, a lazy sybarite, a pretend aristocrat, a humorist, a shallow womanizer, and a revolutionary. That a movie and a performer can capture all the facets of such a complex man is a wonderful achievement.

The actor, Fabrice Luchini, creates something memorable ... a revolutionary who fights not with fiery speeches or rabble armies, but with a half-smile and by out-playing the corrupted at their own games. He is brave without bravado. His unobtrusive looks and his whispery lisp disguise a will of steel.

The movie takes a fair look at the man as man ... flawed in many ways ... average in many other ways .... failing as often as he succeeds ... yet ultimately one of the architects of the spirit that empowered the new world to overturn the old aristocracies and asserts the rights of man.

Entwined as his spirit may be with the spirit of France, and his presence with the details of its revolution, you don't need to know one word of French or one fact of French history to love the movie. It's charming as hell on several levels, and it's just plain good.

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