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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Pitt ... Matthew

Eva Green ... Isabelle

Louis Garrel ... Theo

Anna Chancellor ... Mother
Robin Renucci ... Father
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Himself

Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Himself (as Jean-Paul Leaud)
Florian Cadiou ... Patrick
Pierre Hancisse ... First Buff
Valentin Merlet ... Second Buff

Lola Peploe ... The Usherette
Ingy Fillion ... Theo's Girlfriend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gilbert Adair ... Man in the Louvre (uncredited)

Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Henri Langlois ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jean Seberg ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

François Truffaut ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Aleksandra Yermak ... Student May 68 (uncredited)

Directed by
Bernardo Bertolucci 
Writing credits
Gilbert Adair (screenplay)

Gilbert Adair (based on the novel)

Produced by
Hercules Bellville .... associate producer
John Bernard .... co-producer
Jeremy Thomas .... producer
Peter Watson .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Fabio Cianchetti (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jacopo Quadri 
Casting by
Lucy Boulting (casting)
Howard Feuer (casting)
Juliette Ménager (casting) (as Juliette Menager)
Production Design by
Jean Rabasse 
Art Direction by
Pierre Duboisberranger  (as Pierre Du Boisberranger)
Costume Design by
Louise Stjernsward 
Makeup Department
Antoine Amador .... additional hairdresser
Maria Dolores Avellanas .... additional hairdresser (as Dolores Avellanas)
Gérard Carrissimoux .... additional hairdresser (as Gerard Carrissimoux)
Michèle Decanini .... additional hairdresser (as Michel Decanini)
Xavier-Daniel Fagnière .... additional hairdresser (as Xavier-Daniel Fagniere)
Christophe Giraud .... additional makeup
Giorgio Gregorini .... hairdresser
Evelyne Larmaillard .... additional makeup
Christian Morales .... additional hairdresser
Régine Navaro .... additional makeup (as Regine Navaro)
Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen .... makeup artist
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... makeup supervisor (as Thi Loan Nguyen)
Anouk Oechslin .... additional makeup
Magali Ohlmann .... additional makeup
Danielle Palmier .... additional makeup
Rosa Perez .... additional hairdresser
Patricia Planche .... additional makeup
Aldo Signoretti .... hair supervisor
Jérôme Ventura .... additional hairdresser (as Jerome Ventura)
Production Management
Frédéric Bovis .... production manager (as Frederick Bovis)
Michael Saxton .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Bartonio .... co-first assistant director
Serena Canevari .... first assistant director (as Serena Canevari Merlini)
Henrique Laplaine .... second assistant director
Lola Peploe .... third assistant director
Alexandre Schmitt .... co-second assistant director
Art Department
Denis Adelet .... swing gang
Bertrand Alberge .... swing gang
Philippe Auclaire .... construction manager
Valerie Berthoux .... model maker
François Billy .... carpenter (as Francois Billy)
Jean-Jacques Blanlot .... carpenter
Luc Bonjus .... construction crew
Camille Bougon-Pigneul .... prop buyer
Sylvain Bourdier .... swing gang
Thomas Broyon .... swing gang
Sylvain Cabouat .... additional art department trainee
Stéphane Cerdan .... swing gang (as Stephane Cerdan)
Jean-Michel Chartier .... carpenter
Ambroise Cheneau .... construction crew
Bernard Coispel .... carpenter
Didier Copp .... painter
Claire Coutelle .... painter
Christian David .... carpenter
Olivier Delpy .... carpenter
Benjamin Descave .... carpenter
Marie Desforge .... painter
Vincent Deslandes .... painter
Julien Draper .... additional art department trainee
Xavier Dubech .... carpenter
Catia El'Haji Tiamiou .... draper (as Catia Tiamiou El Hadj)
Olivier Fermier .... construction crew
Dominique Filliatreau .... carpenter
Yvon Fremy .... head carpenter
Alain Frentzel .... key head painter
Christian Giambasi .... painter (as Christian Giambiasi)
Florence Girette .... painter
Francis Guibet .... prop buyer
Michel Guillou .... carpenter
Fabienne Haertling .... assistant set dresser
Peter Hammond .... stand-by painter
Philippe Harlez .... assistant art director
Yann Haugomat .... dressing props
Jérôme Hayot .... painter (as Jerome Hayot)
Hugues Herve .... carpenter
Paul Hugel .... additional art department trainee
Benedicte Joffre .... draper
Antar Khelifaoui .... construction crew
Jérôme Krowicki .... construction crew (as Jerome Krowicki)
Marie Lambert .... art department trainee
Alain Lavit .... construction crew
Arnaud Le Roch .... assistant art director (as Laurent Roch-Arnaud)
Philippe Legrand .... carpenter
Stephanie Lelu .... art department trainee
Eric Levavasseur .... carpenter
Christelle Maisonneuve .... prop buyer
Christophe Marchandet .... plasterer
Vincent Maroutian .... head painter
Loïc Masse .... carpenter (as Loic Masse)
Régis Mayot .... construction crew (as Regis Mayot)
Laurent Micheletti .... painter
Franck Miniconi .... stand-by painter
Guy-Michel Morin .... painter (as Guy Michel Morin)
Manuel Mougin .... stand-by props
Max Paget .... wood machinist
Stephane Paillard .... carpenter
Francois Pascal-Mousselard .... swing gang
Sébastien Perrenoud .... construction crew (as Sebastien Perrenoud)
Jérôme Perrin .... carpenter (as Jerome Perrin)
Marie Predieri .... painter
Georges Rigot .... carpenter
Michel Risse .... carpenter
Ivan Robles Lopez .... additional art department trainee
Thomas Rollin .... construction crew
Nathalie Roubaud .... assistant art director
Franck Scala .... head wood machinist
Samuel Teisseire .... assistant stand-by props
Eric Viellerobe .... set dresser
Jean-Noël Vincensini .... swing gang (as Jean-Noel Vincencini)
Michel Weidmann .... sculptor
Sylvie Weidmann-Chancelade .... sculptor
Sound Department
Timotey Alazraki .... cableman (as Timothee Alazraki)
Mark Auguste .... supervising sound editor
Sam Auguste .... assistant sound editor
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Ed Colyer .... foley recordist (as Edward Colyer)
Andie Derrick .... foley artist (as Andi Derrick)
Matthew Gough .... re-recording mixer
Daniel Laurie .... adr editor
Daniel Laurie .... dialogue editor
Stephane Lioret .... boom operator
Mike Prestwood Smith .... re-recording mixer
Ted Swanscott .... adr recordist
Derek Trigg .... foley editor
Stuart Wilson .... sound mixer
Colin Cooper .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (uncredited)
James Seddon .... sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Anne Bergamaschi .... special effects technician
Francois Bernard .... special effects technician
Pascal Declercq .... special effects technician
Grégoire Delage .... special effects coordinator (as Gregoire Delage)
Franck Delamotte .... special effects technician
Jacky Dufour .... special effects technician
Denis Duplex .... special effects technician
Pascal Fauvelle .... special effects technician
Michel Gery .... special effects technician
Daniel Lenoir .... special effects technician
Jean Miel .... special effects technician
Serge Perillat .... special effects technician
Jean-Jacques Vassal .... special effects technician
Olivier Zenenski .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Virginie Allal .... visual effects production assistant
Stephanie Boutinaud .... visual effects digital artist
Fabien Coupez .... visual effects digital artist
Olivier Debert .... visual effects digital artist
Joyce Menger .... visual effects production
Morgan Varona .... visual effects digital artist
Valerio Bonelli .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Michel Anderson .... stuntman
Rémi Canaple .... stuntman (as Remi Canaple)
Alexandre Cauderlier .... stuntman
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunt coordinator
Laurent Coin .... stuntman
Jacques Cosma .... stuntman
Yan Dron .... stuntman (as Yaw Drow)
Alexandrine Felquin .... stuntwoman (as Alexandrine Felkin)
Pascaline Girardot .... stuntwoman
David Grolleau .... stuntman
Vincent Haquin .... stuntman
Cyrille Hertel .... stuntman
David Julienne .... stuntman
Michel Julienne .... stunt car coordinator
Mael Lamberton .... stuntman
Emilie Lelouch .... stuntwoman
Gregory Loffredo .... stuntman
John Medalin .... stuntman
Pierre Medalin .... stuntman
Jean-Loup Michou .... stuntman
Florent Mismetti .... stuntman
Alain Pedouan .... stuntman
Teddy Pividal .... stuntman
Pierre Raveneau .... stuntman
Catherine Robert .... stuntwoman
Sebastien Soudais .... stuntman
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Andrei .... camera operator
Luigi Andrei .... steadicam operator
Cecile Angelin .... additional electrician
Laurent Audoire .... technician: Hot Head
Lubomir Bakchev .... additional electrician
Alessio Bastianelli .... focus puller
Hamia Benyekkou .... additional electrician (as Hamid Benyekkou)
Patrice Birzin .... genny operator
Franck Boussenec .... grip
Séverine Brigeot .... stills photographer (as Severine Brigeot)
Guillaume Brule .... electrician
Raphaël Cauhepo-François .... focus puller: second camera (as Raphael Cauhepo-Francois)
Roberto De Paolis .... stills photographer trainee (as Roberto Di Paolis)
Thibault de Saint André .... additional electrician (as Thibault De Saint Andre)
Pierre-Yves Dougnac .... additional electrician (as Pierre Yves Dougnac)
Eugène Fabcic .... additional genny operator (as Eugene Fabcic)
Claudio Frollano .... gaffer
Eugenio Galli .... second camera operator
Simon Garnier .... video operator
Christian Inizan .... additional electrician
Pascal Jobert .... additional grip (as Jean-Pascal Jobert)
Bruno Keller .... electrician
Patrick Lemaire .... additional genny operator
Antoine Lepoutre .... additional electrician
Philippe Malleck .... gaffer
Franck Maumis .... additional electrician
Pierre Morel .... camera operator: Super 16 mm Camera
Frédéric Mougin .... technician: Hot Head (as Frederic Mougin)
Mathieu Petit .... focus puller: Super 16 mm Camera
Jocelyn Poulin .... additional electrician
Nicholas Quinn .... camera operator: DVDCAM
Marco Revello .... key grip (as Marc Revello)
Marco Santarelli .... key grip
Lilia Sellami .... clapper loader
Sergio Simoes .... grip
Bruce Hazen .... best boy rigging electric (uncredited)
Nick Quinn .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Bertrand Amiel .... extras casting assistant
David Artur .... extras casting assistant
Vanessa Baker .... voice casting
Marie-Sylvie Caillierez .... extras casting director
Samuel Delfiner .... casting assistant
Brendan Donnison .... voice casting
Benjamin Dumas .... extras casting assistant
Hervé Gamondes .... extras casting assistant
Sandrine Guilleux .... extras casting assistant
Erik Jourdil .... extras casting assistant
Antoine Laurent .... extras casting assistant
Stephane Mathieu .... extras casting assistant
Lofti Mokdad .... extras casting assistant
Patrick Rufo .... assistant extras casting director
Sonia Trabelsi .... extras casting assistant
Eleftherios Zacharopoulos .... extras casting assistant
Yann Le Boucher .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandrine Alabre .... additional dresser
Chloe Bartonio .... dresser (as Chloe Chambarret-Bartonio)
Nathalie Cercuel .... wardrobe supervisor: exteriors
Florence Clamond .... extras dresser (as Florence Clamond-Vidal)
Chloé Degorce Dumas .... additional dresser (as Chloe Degorce Dumas)
Natacha Diehl .... additional dresser
Julie Greux .... additional dresser
Simone Hoffmann .... additional dresser
Sandrine Kerner .... additional dresser
Marielle Robaut .... wardrobe supervisor (as Marielle-Therese Robaut)
Karine Rouchy .... additional dresser
Priscillia Van Sprengel .... additional dresser
Sandrine Bernard .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lucinda S. Agar .... post-production coordinator
Valerio Bonelli .... first assistant editor
Aline Hervé .... co-first assistant editor (as Aline Herve)
Yvan Lucas .... color grading
Fabien Pascal .... color grading
Music Department
Julien Civange .... music advisor
Janice Ginsberg .... music supervisor
Nick Laird-Clowes .... music consultant
Charles Henri de Pierrefeu .... music advisor (as Charles Henri De Pierrefeu)
Transportation Department
Stéphane Floc'h .... transport captain (as Stephane Floc'h)
Mathieu Guez .... driver: Michael Pitt's
Christophe Paris .... driver: director's
Jalal Aqdim .... assistant action vehicle coordinator (uncredited)
Charles Heidet .... action vehicle coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Lucinda S. Agar .... assistant to the director
Matthew Baker .... business affairs: Recorded Picture Company
Kaoutar Ben Aissa .... additional location trainee
Gonzague Bernard .... additional location trainee
Catherine Boizard .... production assistant
Antoine Brice .... additional location trainee
Flora Elisa Algeri Bricoli .... film assistant
Gilles Castera .... location manager
Mathilde Cathelin .... floor runner
Randi Chugerman .... assistant: to Howard Feuer
Frederic Collomb .... additional location trainee
Stuart Cook .... accountant: United Kingdom
Neal Cooper .... additional dialogue coach
Ginger Corbett .... publicity: international unit
Alan Coric .... cashier
Andrea De Sica .... set runner
Antonin Depardieu .... location scout
Corinne Devaux .... choreographer
Fabrice Devevre .... floor runner
Gaetan Dinon .... location trainee
Alain Dominiecki .... accountant
Suzanne Durrenberger .... script supervisor
Antonio Etzi .... personal assistant to director
Franco Fantini .... accountant: Italy
Ingy Fillion .... additional location trainee
Florence Forney .... production coordinator
Samuel Fuller .... director: Shock Corridor (1963 ) (as Sam Fuller)
Fabien Gerard .... assistant script supervisor
Marco Giacalone .... assistant location manager
Philippe Girardeau .... additional assistant location manager
Constantine Gregory .... dialogue coach
Jean-Louise Grousset .... caterer: Locafete (as Jean-Louis Grousset)
Jocelyn Jones .... assistant to producer
Arnaud Kaiser .... additional location trainee
Véronique Lambert de Guise .... stock footage researcher (as Veronique Lambert De Guise)
Florence Larsonneur .... business affairs: Recorded Picture Company
Vincent Lefeuvre .... office production assistant
Stephan Mallmann .... business affairs: Recorded Picture Company
Chantal Malrat .... financial controller (as Chantal Malrat Atanassian)
Virginie Marchesseau .... location trainee
Benjamin Morand .... additional location trainee
Richard Morrison .... title sequence
Jessica Palud .... additional location trainee
Pier Francesco Paredes Choto .... floor runner
Samuel Renollet .... additional video operator
Melanie Robot .... location trainee
Laurent Sarazin .... additional location trainee
Jeanine Sculier .... nurse (as Janine Scolier)
John Shearlaw .... archival film researcher
Robyn Smith .... special license: Mr. Fred Astaire's appearance (as Mrs. Fred Astaire)
Jean-Pierre Vincent .... unit publicity: French
Josef von Sternberg .... director: Blonde Venus (1932 ) (as Joseph Von Sternberg)
Kalinka Weiler .... location scout (as Kalinka Carrasco)
Julia Willis .... business affairs: Recorded Picture Company
Thierry Zemmour .... assistant location manager
Roberto Guerra .... archive material provider (uncredited)
Chris Paton .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Monsieur Andriot .... thanks: Service Navigation de la Seine
Brigitte Brauner .... thanks: Marie de Paris (as Madame Brigitte Brauner)
Robert Bresson .... acknowledgment: director of Mouchette (1967 )
Tod Browning .... acknowledgment: director of "Freaks" (1932 )
Charles Chaplin .... acknowledgment: director of "City Lights" (1931 )
Vittorio De Sanctis .... special thanks
J.C. Decaux .... thanks
Gillian Duffield .... special thanks
Frédéric Dupuch .... thanks: Prefecture de Police de Paris (as Monsieur Le Commissaire Dupuch)
Gabrielle Fastman .... special thanks
Samuel Fuller .... acknowledgment: director of Shock Corridor (1963 ) (as Sam Fuller)
Jean-Luc Godard .... acknowledgment: director of À bout de souffle (1960 and Bande à part (1964))
Antony Gostyn .... special thanks
Roberto Guerra .... acknowledgment: director of Henri Langlois (1970 )
Howard Hawks .... acknowledgment: director of "Scarface" (1932 )
Eila Hershon .... acknowledgment: director of Henri Langlois (1970 )
Robin Hilton .... special thanks
Monsieur Hurtrel .... thanks: Prefecture de Police de Paris
Buster Keaton .... acknowledgment: director of "The Cameraman" (1928 )
Marie-José Lambert .... thanks: Marie de Paris (as Mademoiselle Marie-José Lambert)
Carol Levi .... special thanks
Rouben Mamoulian .... acknowledgment: director of Queen Christina (1933 )
Madame Martial .... thanks: Ecole de Medecine - Universite Paris
Monique Plantade .... thanks: Direction de la Voirie et des Deplacements (as Mademoiselle Monique Plantade)
Roberto Rinalduzzi .... special thanks
Mark Sandrich .... acknowledgment: director of Top Hat (1935 )
Michael Simkins .... special thanks
Alexandra Stone .... special thanks
Frank Tashlin .... acknowledgment: director of "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956 )
Christian Valsamidis .... special thanks
Josef von Sternberg .... acknowledgment: director of Blonde Venus (1932 ) (as Joseph Von Sternberg)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content
115 min | USA:112 min (R-rated version)
Black and White (archive footage) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Brazil:16 | Canada:R (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:18A (British Columbia) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:16+ (Québec) | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-15 | France:-12 (original rating) (TV rating) | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Hungary:18 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Israel:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-18 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 (cut) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Taiwan:R-18 | UK:18 | USA:NC-17 | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | USA:R (cut) | USA:NC-17 (original rating)

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Dominic Cooper was considered for the role of Matthew.See more »
Continuity: Position of the father's hands, when he realizes Matthew isn't listening to him at the dinner table.See more »
[first lines]
Matthew:The first time I saw a movie at the cinématèque française I thought, "Only the French... only the French would house a cinema inside a palace."
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150 out of 175 people found the following review useful.
Sex, Cinema, Politics - A True Molotov Cocktail, 20 July 2004
Author: Radu Olievschi from New York, NY

The decor for The Dreamers, Bertolucci's sensual and narcotic film is represented by effervescent moments that took place in Paris in 1968. In the same manner in which the house inhabited by the three main protagonists represents a character, so do the Parisian streets, with their trepidation and demonstrations. Contrary to other films directed by this director - who has promised much and delivered even more throughout his career - The Dreamers opens in a fast-paced and provocative manner. The director establishes the cinematic convention precisely, eloquently, and elegantly. It becomes clear that the film deals with furious and beautiful young people who live through the films they devour. In the first five minutes, the heroine of the picture (played impeccably by Eva Green, a theatre actress reminiscent of Isabella Rossellini) announces that she was born in 1959. Logically, it is impossible, seeing that the year is 1968 and she seems to be at least 19 years old. Therefore, she explains further: 1959, Champs-Elysee, where she yelled "New York Herald Tribune!" Suddenly the film cuts to a scene from the classic Breathless (A bout de soufflé) by Godard, where Belmondo's feminine partner sells American newspapers on Champs-Elysee. Consequently, Bertolucci's feminine character believes that she has not been alive until seeing the afore-mentioned film, considered by many the beginning of the New Wave. The idea of interposing images and references to classic films is augmented in The Dreamers. It becomes a means of communication between the characters and in fact it ignites the entire "action" of the film.

As in The Last Tango in Paris or Stealing Beauty, sex and sensuality also represent means of expression on which the director relies heavily. Yet The Dreamers rejects the desperation of The Last Tango through a seductive irreverence that indeed characterizes the so-called "enfants terrible" of 1968 Paris. It should be noted that The Dreamers contains various sexual and nude scenes, but that these are by no means as shocking as the sex scenes in The Last Tango were, when that film was released in the 1960s. Since then, video and Internet pornography have occurred and shocking audiences through nudity has become something of a moot point. It is only the MPAA that hasn't grown up. It gave The Dreamers basically the same rating that The Last Tango got, 30 years ago.

Undoubtedly, the angles of the shots in The Dreamers are what impresses the most. As in other films by Bertolucci, practically every shot could be cut out and studied hours at an end for its elegance. The three main characters (all played beyond reproach) live their menage-a-trois through concrete gestures and attitudes, as well as through emotions that are suggested by the sublime cinematography.

The ending of the film, considered by some critics a weak point, is in fact quite accomplished. American viewers (including some critics) are used to American films, in which the build-up leading to the climax is essentially dynamic, suspenseful or tragic. But the European cinema is different. It often shows how feelings are condensed in a quiet but explosive mixture. This description fits The Dreamers like a glove.

Finally, a note for film buffs. In the initial scenes, at the demonstration in front of the Cinematheque, Bertolucci used news reel footage from the '60s with Jean-Pierre Leaud si Jean-Pierre Kalfon (known actors of the New Wave). They are seen giving speeches and throwing paper leaflets to the crowd. In 2003, when shooting the film, Bertolucci got Leaud and Kalfon, now aged, to "reenact" the images from the news reels. The end result is a mixture of new and old images, the former in color, the latter black and white. It is such tricks that Bertolucci uses throughout this nostalgic film that celebrates a certain period, during which the young generation had more meaningful things to fight than computer-simulated monsters.

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