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Danton (1983)

In 1793, as the Terror begins in France, Georges Danton, a champion-of-the-people, returns to clash against Maximilien Robespierre and his extremist party.

Director:

Andrzej Wajda

Writers:

Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario), Stanislawa Przybyszewska (based on the play by: "L'Affaire Danton/Sprawa Dantona") | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Danton
Wojciech Pszoniak ... Robespierre
Anne Alvaro Anne Alvaro ... Éléonore Duplay
Roland Blanche Roland Blanche ... Lacroix
Patrice Chéreau ... Camille Desmoulins (as Patrice Chereau)
Emmanuelle Debever Emmanuelle Debever ... Louison Danton
Krzysztof Globisz ... Amar
Ronald Guttman ... Herman
Gérard Hardy Gérard Hardy ... Tallien
Tadeusz Huk ... Couthon
Stéphane Jobert Stéphane Jobert ... Panis
Marian Kociniak ... Lindet
Marek Kondrat ... Barère de Vieuzac
Boguslaw Linda ... Saint Just
Alain Macé Alain Macé ... Héron (as Alain Mace)
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Storyline

Action opens in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety, under Robespierre's incitement, has begun a series of massive executions, The Terror. Confident in the people's support, Danton clashes with his former ally, but calculating Robespierre soon rounds up Danton and his followers, tries them before a revolutionary tribunal and dipatches them to the guillotine. Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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Trivia

Andrzej Seweryn, who has a supporting part here as a Dantonist, later played Robespierre in La révolution française (1989). See more »

Goofs

Robespierre tells Jacques Louis David to remove Fabre d'Englantine from the painting of the Tennis Court Oath. David objects, saying, "But he was there," but removes d'Englantine. In truth, d'Englantine did not take part in the Tennis Court Oath, since in 1789 he was not a deputy to the Estates General. Thus, the film falsifies history. See more »

Quotes

Danton: I'd rather be executed than be an executioner.
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Crazy Credits

Anne Alvaro gets an "and introducing" credit ("et pour la première fois à l'écran"). See more »

Alternate Versions

The dialogue in the dubbed version with American voice actors sometimes differs sharply from the original: for example, Robespierre's last words to Saint-Just are not the dismissive "Don't wake me when you leave" ("Ne me réveillez pas quand tu sortiras") but the prophetic "Whatever happens will happen soon" (so that, like Danton, he apparently realises he will shortly meet Danton's fate). See more »

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Incredible
26 April 2003 | by geofilleSee all my reviews

This is one of the most amazing movies... Anyone who says that Gerard Depardieu portrayed Georges Jacques Danton "wrongly", and who purports that Danton was "not" the huge, strong, charismatic, man of the people that Depardieu portrayed him as obviously has not done much research on the French Revolution. George Jacques Danton was like this exactly. The contrast between Robespierre's incessant paranoia and reservedness (conveyed perfectly by Wojciech Pszoniak...an EXCELLENT job) and Danton's relaxed approach towards the problems with which he was faced, extreme easiness and likeness among people, and the dynamic way with which he approached the mob of Paris' unemployed masses and people in general was spot on: the two men were complete opposites. This movie developed the characters of the French Revolution so well, it is unbelievable. It ENTRAPPED the personalities of all those great, complex, astounding men that gave this extraordinary period of time its distinct shape. Saint-Just, Desmoulins, Robespierre, Danton, all of them...they were painted so accurately. This movie truly brought these incredible men to life. I have to say, the score of this movie was incredible. It brought out all the proper emotions. Overall, an astonishing movie.


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Country:

France | Poland

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 January 1983 (France) See more »

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1.66 : 1
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