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Vatel -- Starring Uma Thurman (The Avengers, Pulp Fiction), Gerard Depardieu (The Man In The Iron Mask) and Tim Roth (Rob Roy), Vatel is based on the true story of an ordinary man, a decadent king and the woman caught between them! In the west of France, Prince de Conde has a scheme to save his bankrupt province: he'll regain the favor of King Louis XIV with a weekend of spectacle and merriment.
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Writers:
Tom Stoppard (English adaptation)
Jeanne Labrune
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Release Date:
10 May 2000 (Belgium) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Some men are too noble to live among aristocracy.
Plot:
In 1671, with war brewing with Holland, a penniless prince invites Louis XIV to three days of festivities at a chateau in Chantilly... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Depardieu is brilliant See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Gérard Depardieu ... François Vatel

Uma Thurman ... Anne de Montausier

Tim Roth ... Marquis de Lauzun

Timothy Spall ... Gourville

Julian Glover ... Prince de Condé

Julian Sands ... Louis XIV
Murray Lachlan Young ... Philippe d'Orleans, 'Monsieur'

Hywel Bennett ... Colbert

Richard Griffiths ... Dr. Bourdelot

Arielle Dombasle ... Princess de Condé

Marine Delterme ... Athenaïs de Montespan
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu ... Duchesse de Longueville
Jérôme Pradon ... Marquis d'Effiat

Féodor Atkine ... Alcalet
Nathalie Cerda ... The Queen Marie-Thérèse

Emilie Ohana ... Louise de la Vallière
Sébastien Davis ... Demaury

Natacha Koutchoumov ... Louise de la Vallière's Maid
Nick Robinson ... Colin
Patrick Saverioni ... Rochefort

Julie-Anne Roth ... Maidservant
Alain Stern ... Sharp Equerry
James Thierrée ... Duc de Longueville (as James Thiérrée)
Geoffrey Bateman ... Balmour
Nicholas Hawtrey ... Lauzun's Secretary

Paul Bandey ... Comte de Mirail
David Gabison ... Creditor Guillaume
Louise Vincent ... Woman Creditor
André Chaumeau ... Monkey Handler

Jay Benedict ... King's Commode Valet
Dominique Frot ... Hysterical Woman
Leslie Clack ... Whipping Courtier
David Houri ... Vicomte d'Amboise
Christophe Prévost ... Lantern Deliveryman
Ronald Forfar ... Melon Deliveryman
Albert Goldberg ... Leviathan Worker

Vincent Grass ... Martin's Father
Patty Hannock ... Duchesse at the Banquet
Fiona Curzon ... Woman at the Banquet
Adrien Pochina ... Foot Servant
Jérôme Duranteau ... Cavalry Officer
Patrick Albenque ... Soldier at Chateau Gate
Vincent Nemeth ... Emissary

Edwin Apps ... Fish Deliveryman

Myriam Blanckaert
Helen Later ... Servant with Flowers
Rémy Roubakha ... Cook
Kevin Greenlaw ... Baritone
Joachim Serreau ... Young Servant
Pia LaGrange ... Duc d'Ambroise's Sister
Lionel Vitrant ... Large Cook
Alexandre Chaussat ... Cook's Apprentice
Louis Bustin ... Martin
James Ney ... Colin's Friend
William Hough ... Colin's Friend
Jesse Gage ... Colin's Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Céline Coudrey

Capucine Daumas ... Danseuse

Corentin Daumas ... Cupidon
Marie-Céline Tuvache ... Lauzun's courtisan
Thomas Vindevogel ... Beggar

Directed by
Roland Joffé 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jeanne Labrune 
Tom Stoppard  English adaptation

Produced by
Patrick Bordier .... line producer
Timothy Burrill .... co-producer
Alain Goldman .... producer
Roland Joffé .... producer
Catherine Morisse .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Fraisse 
 
Film Editing by
Noëlle Boisson 
 
Casting by
Karen Lindsay-Stewart 
Gérard Moulévrier 
 
Production Design by
Cecilia Montiel 
Jean Rabasse 
 
Art Direction by
Hervé Gallet 
Louise Marzaroli 
 
Set Decoration by
Françoise Benoît-Fresco 
Eric Viellerobe 
 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle 
 
Makeup Department
Marianne Collette .... key makeup artist
Sidonie Constantien .... key hair stylist (as Sidonie Constantin)
Giannetto De Rossi .... hair designer: Giannetto de Rossi
Giannetto De Rossi .... makeup designer: Giannetto de Rossi
Alessio Pompei .... hair stylist: Roland Joffe
Frédéric Zaid .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Virginia Anderson .... assistant production manager trainee
Francis Barrois .... unit manager
Gwenael Camuzard .... assistant unit manager
Jérôme Chalou .... pre-production manager
Christian-Paul Peyron .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Benjamin Blanc .... assistant director
David Campi-Lemaire .... second assistant director
Inès de la Bévière .... trainee assistant director
Luc Etienne .... assistant director
Philippe Guiheneuf .... second second assistant director
Jérôme Navarro .... assistant director
Gilles Cannatella .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Vincent Amiel .... carpenter
Virginia Anderson .... assistant art department coordinator
Philippe Auclaire .... construction manager
Thomas Broyon .... swing gang
Béatrice Chauvin .... art department coordinator
Sabine Delouvrier .... prop buyer
Arnaud Denis .... sculptor
Thierry Doerflinger .... plasterer
Pierre Duboisberranger .... assistant art director
Yvan Hart .... plasterer
Fabien Lacaf .... storyboard artist
Yann Megard .... assistant art director
Manuel Mougin .... property master
Thierry Poulet .... painter
Stéphane Richaud .... construction grip
Nathalie Roubaud .... assistant art director
Simon Tric .... painter
Eric Viellerobe .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Katia Boutin .... dialogue editor
Vincent Breau .... cable assistant
Olivier Burgaud .... boom operator
Fabio D'Amico .... adr recordist
Thomas Gastinel .... extra boom operator
François Groult .... sound
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Anne Le Campion .... re-recording mixer
Marion Lorthioir .... post-synchronization
Simon Price .... adr editor
Laurent Quaglio .... sound
Jacob Ribicoff .... adr editor
Marianne Roussy .... utility sound
Pawel Wdowczak .... sound mixer
Pawel Wdowczak .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Noel Chainbaux .... special effects assistant
Yves Domenjoud .... special effects supervisor
Valeriane Friederich .... special effects assistant
Pascal Molina .... special effects
Guy Monbillard .... pyrotechnician
 
Visual Effects by
Emmanuel Chapon .... cg artist
Matthieu Chatelier .... visual effects technical assistant
Annie Dautane .... visual effects producer
François Dumoulin .... digital compositor
Bruno Maillard .... digital artist
Eve Ramboz .... visual effects coordinator
Eve Ramboz .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Jean-Louis Airola .... stunts
Jean-Marc Bellu .... stunts
Serge Beuchat .... stunts
Daniel Breton .... stunts
William Cagnard .... stunts
Michel Carliez .... stunt coordinator
Gaëlle Cohen .... stunts
Yves Girard .... stunts
Pascal Guégan .... stunts
Christian Hening .... stunts
Mario Luraschi .... horseman
Philippe Morel .... stunts
Patrick Médioni .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stéphane Afchain .... additional grip
Maurice Bricler .... grip
Stéphane Cry .... electrician
Patrick de Ranter .... Steadicam operator
Patrick de Ranter .... camera operator: "b" camera
Denis Garnier .... additional clapper loader
Alain Herpe .... assistant camera
Martin Kenzie .... camera operator
Jean-Philippe Marier .... best boy grip
Steve Moreau .... video assistant
David Nissen .... assistant camera
Stéphane Paillard .... assistant camera
Christophe Paturange .... first assistant camera
Jean-Pierre Supe .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... adr voice casting
Pascale Béraud .... extras casting director
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean-Patrick Godry .... costume supervisor
Suen Mounicq .... assistant costume designer
Suen Mounicq .... costume supervisor
Eric Perron .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Miguel Bejo .... telecine dailies colorist
Simon Astbury .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Christophe Anzoli .... location assistant
Cyril Dusseaux .... location trainee
Erwan Guiziou .... location trainee
Virginia Lombardo .... location trainee
Eric Moreau .... location assistant
Christian-Paul Peyron .... location trainee
Sacha Redon .... location trainee
 
Music Department
Fabrizio Barchi .... chorus master
Jean-Michel Bernard .... music adaptor
Patrick Bismute .... conductor
Paolo Capirci .... musician: flute
Gemma Coma-Alabert .... musician
Ensemble Vocal Cammerton .... chorus
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordinator
Accademia Musicale Italiana .... score performed by (as L'Orchestre AMIT-Accademia Musicale Italiana)
Ennio Morricone .... conductor: L'Orchestre AMIT-Accademi Musicale Italiana
Ennio Morricone .... orchestrator
Coro Musicanova .... chorus
Ettore Pellegrino .... musician: violin solo
Nello Salza .... musician: trombone
Jean-Michel Tavernier .... musical director
La Tempesta .... musician
Dave Tinsley .... music editor
Fabio Venturi .... music scoring engineer
Barbara Vignanelli .... musician: clavecin
Edouard Dubois .... music consultant (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Catherine Barrès .... transport captain (as Catherine Barres-Deschamps)
 
Other crew
Élizabeth Boorn .... production assistant (as Elizabeth Boorn)
Constance Bordier .... production accountant
Jean Brun .... production accountant
Gwenael Camuzard .... location trainee (as Gwenaël Camuzard)
Sam Connelly .... assistant: Ms. Thurman
Corinne Devaux .... choreographer
Jon Duncan .... production accountant: UK
Marie Guillon .... production accountant
Séverine Guillot .... production accountant
François Hardy .... carriages and horses
Fréderic Hardy .... carriages and horses
Jean-Claude Le Bras .... gaffer
Claire Maillard .... production accountant
Yann Megard .... assistant to art director
Brigitte Mele .... production secretary
Nana Otte .... production secretary
Édith Pavageau .... production accountant
Zohra Sougmi .... production accountant
Catherine Staub .... post-production accountant
Valentine Traclet .... script supervisor trainee
 
Thanks
Franco de Rungs .... in memory of my brother
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some violence
Runtime:
103 min | Argentina:125 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film opened the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: At the start of the garden feast, the music begins with a brief woodwind duet. Though the two musicians play oboes, the oboes make the sound of recorders.See more »
Quotes:
Gourville:[Condé is gambling with the King] Is the Prince losing his chateau?
Marquis de Lauzun:Not if he plays his cards wrong.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Temple sacréSee more »

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Depardieu is brilliant, 15 May 2006
Author: RARubin from United States

Vatel, perhaps a weak title to a spectacular film; it recreates the excesses of the French court in its pre-off-with-their-heads-phase. In order to escape bankruptcy, the gout afflicted Viscount must entertain the King so sumptuously and so entreatingly, that the King may commission a war with Holland, thereby paying the Viscount's debts. To keep the King and his courtiers entertained, it was no small thing, so the entire countryside is enlisted in the feasts and entertainment. None will be paid unless the banquets are a success. Louis' entourage of Queen, mistresses, and waggish cavaliers run riot through the festivities. The fete is essentially an Olympic opening parade that goes on for three days in dazzling costume orchestrated by one great artist, the Viscount's steward, Vatel.

Vatel orchestrates the extravaganzas and falls for Uma Thurman, the King's new mistress. She is not yet the jaded courtesan and sees greatness in Vatel's can-do veneer. Indeed, Vatel is a man of integrity, denying the King's pedophile brother a young kitchen boy at the risk of his life. Vatel swats away meddling noblemen and women for the entire feast while making love to Thurman, star-crossed lovers though they are. Gerard Depardieu is brilliant even with his modest grasp of English.

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