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Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

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The charismatic swordsman-poet helps another woo the woman he loves in this straightforward version of the play.

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Michael Gordon

Writers:

Edmond Rostand (play), Brian Hooker (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Ferrer ... Cyrano de Bergerac
Mala Powers ... Roxane
William Prince ... Christian de Neuvillette
Morris Carnovsky ... Le Bret
Ralph Clanton Ralph Clanton ... Antoine Comte de Guiche
Lloyd Corrigan ... Ragueneau
Virginia Farmer ... Duenna
Edgar Barrier ... Cardinal (Richelieu)
Elena Verdugo ... Orange Girl
Albert Cavens Albert Cavens ... Vicomte de Valvert
Arthur Blake Arthur Blake ... Montfleury
Don Beddoe ... The Meddler
Percy Helton ... Bellerose
Virginia Christine ... Sister Marthe
Gil Warren Gil Warren ... Doctor
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Storyline

France, 1640: Cyrano, the charismatic swordsman-poet with the absurd nose, hopelessly loves the beauteous Roxane; she, in turn, confesses to Cyrano her love for the handsome but tongue-tied Christian. The chivalrous Cyrano sets up with Christian an innocent deception, with tragic results. Much cut from the play, but dialogue not rewritten. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The most fabulous hero of all time, with the most famous nose in history! He fought because of it! He loved in spite of it! He lived to immortalize it! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1951 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Musketier See more »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Premiered on November 16, 1950. Exactly forty years later, on November 16, 1990, the French language film Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), starring Gérard Depardieu premiered in New York. Depardieu, like José Ferrer, was also nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for his performance, and actually won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Cesar Award for Best Actor. See more »

Goofs

In the scene in which Cyrano fights off "a hundred men" to save Ragueneau, a stunt double can be seen in some shots doubling for José Ferrer. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Montfleury: Thrice happy he who hides from pomp and power/ In sylvan shade or or solitary bower/ Where balmy zephyrs fan his burning cheeks...
Cyrano de Bergerac: Clown! King of Clowns! Leave the stage at once!
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Version of Great Performances: Cyrano de Bergerac (1974) See more »

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I never tire of seeing this film
9 August 2003 | by GunRights4USSee all my reviews

This film is simply my favorite above all others. And I grant that accolade entirely because of the splendid performance of Jose Ferrer. He outshines all other cast members in what would be a forgettable B movie, were it not for his brilliant portrayal of the long nosed poet and swordsman. I suppose the character of Cyrano appeals to me so because he is a man of substance, not image (unlike so many contemporary heroes).

`True.I carry my adornments only on my soul, decked with deeds instead of ribbons, mantled in my good name and crowned with the white plume of freedom!'

Wow, what a line!

There will never again be another Cyrano, as there will never be another actor capable of playing him so well as Jose Ferrer.


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