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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.

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Danton
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Robespierre
Anne Alvaro ...
Éléonore Duplay
Roland Blanche ...
Lacroix
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Camille Desmoulins (as Patrice Chereau)
Emmanuelle Debever ...
Louison Danton
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Amar
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Herman
Gérard Hardy ...
Tallien
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Couthon
Stéphane Jobert ...
Panis
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Lindet
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Barère de Vieuzac
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Saint Just
Alain Macé ...
Héron (as Alain Mace)
Bernard Maître ...
Legendre
Lucien Melki ...
Fabre d'Eglantine
Serge Merlin ...
Philippeaux
Erwin Nowiaszek ...
Collot d'Herbois (as Erwin Nowiaszak)
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Carnot
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Fouquier-Tinville
Angel Sedgwick ...
Frere Eleonore
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Bourdon
Franciszek Starowieyski ...
David
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Billaud-Varenne
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Westermann
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Lucile Desmoulins
Jean-Loup Wolff ...
Herault de Seychelles
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Vadier
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Chef des gardes
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Servante Duplay
Szymon Zaleski ...
Lebas
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Artus de Penguern ...
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Robespierre's proponent (uncredited)

Directed by

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Andrzej Wajda

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Jean-Claude Carrière ... (scenario)
 
Stanislawa Przybyszewska ... (based on the play by: "L'Affaire Danton/Sprawa Dantona")
 
Andrzej Wajda ... (in collaboration with) and
Agnieszka Holland ... (in collaboration with) and
Boleslaw Michalek ... (in collaboration with) and
Jacek Gasiorowski ... (in collaboration with)

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Margaret Ménégoz ... producer (as Margaret Menegoz)
Barbara Pec-Slesicka ... producer
Emmanuel Schlumberger ... delegate producer
Renzo Rossellini ... associate producer (uncredited)

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Jean Prodromidès ... (as Jean Prodromides)

Cinematography by

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Igor Luther

Film Editing by

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Halina Prugar-Ketling

Editorial Department

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Anita Lecoeur ... assistant editor
Sophie Menuet ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Marie-Christine Lafosse
Henri Laurent

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Allan Starski

Art Direction by

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Gilles Vaster

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Jean Caromel
Henri Lacoste
Barbara Nowak
Maria Osiecka-Kuminek

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Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle

Makeup Department

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Anna Adamek ... hair stylist
Jacky Bouban ... makeup artist (as Jackie Bouban)
Renata Bukovska ... makeup artist
Ulla Gawalkiewicz ... hair stylist
Iwona Kaminska ... hair stylist (as Ywona Kaminska)
Elzbieta Malka ... hair stylist (as Elzbieta Malka-Hen)
Jacques Michel ... hair stylist
Jacky Reynal ... makeup artist (as Jackie Reynal)

Production Management

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Patrick Bordier ... unit manager
Jean de Trégomain ... unit manager (as Jean De Tregomain)
Alain Depardieu ... production manager
Jean-Marc Deschamps ... unit manager
Anna Grot ... unit manager
Alina Klobukowska ... unit manager
Maciej Skalski ... unit manager
Laurent Thiery ... unit manager
Maciej Wojtulewicz ... unit manager

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Elsa Chabrol ... assistant director
Krystyna Grochowicz ... assistant director
Hugues de Laugardière ... assistant director (as Hugues De Laugardiere)
Michel Lisowski ... assistant director

Art Department

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Conrad Chamberlain ... property master
Jacky Courtin ... property master
Laurent Coutellier ... property master (as Laurent Coutelier)
Guy Fabre ... property master
Jacques Flamand ... set dresser
Emil Kostecki ... property master

Sound Department

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Bruno Charier ... sound
Louis Gimel ... sound
Dominique Hennequin ... sound
Gérard Lecas ... sound (as Gerard Lecas)
Zygmunt Nowak ... foley artist
Jean-Pierre Ruh ... sound
Piotr Zawadzki ... sound
John Marshall ... associate dubbing editor (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Louis Balthazard ... grip (as Louis Balthazar)
Stefano Guidi ... assistant camera
Jean-Claude Le Bras ... lighting technician (as Jean-Claude Lebras)
Renata Pajchel ... still photographer
Georges Pierre ... still photographer
Guillaume Schiffman ... assistant camera
Marian Sloboda ... assistant camera

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Katherine Dorr ... costumer
Mimi Gayo ... costumer
Fanny Jakubowicz ... costumer (as Fanny Yakubowicz)
Anne de Laugardière ... costumer (as Anne De Laugardiere)
Anne Le Moal ... costumer
Julie Lherm ... costumer
Wieslawa Starska ... costumer

Music Department

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Majiec Jaskiewicz ... chorus master
Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra ... orchestra (as l'Orchestre de la Philharmonie de Varsovie)
Jan Pruszak ... conductor
Chór Towarzystwa Muzycznego Warszawa ... chorus (as Chorale de la Societe de Musique de Varsovie)

Other crew

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Jan Baszkiewicz ... historical consultant (as Prof. Jan Baszkiewicz)
Claude Bertonazzi ... administrator
Amira Chemakhi ... administrator
Hervé Grandsart ... historical advisor (as Herve Grandsart)
Jacek Górnowicz ... administrator
Wanda Helbert ... administrator
Iwona Klapinska ... production secretary
Stefan Meller ... historical consultant (as Prof. Stefan Meller)
Simon Mizrahi ... press agent
Sylvie Richez ... production secretary

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Υπόθεση Δαντών (Greece)
  • Ypothesi Danton (Greece)
  • Dantón (Mexico)
  • O Caso Danton (Portugal)
  • Дантон (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 136 min
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Trivia Robespierre and all the characters in his faction are played by Polish actors speaking in Polish, dubbed into French for the French release, while Danton and all the characters in his faction are played by French actors speaking in French. See more »
Goofs Many significant figures and events were presented inaccurately or not at all. Danton was presented as a drunk. Louis de Saint-Just, known at the time as the "Angel of Death" and the public face of the Reign of Terror, acted like a modern-day hippie. Much of the military history, such as the Civil War in the Vendée, was completely excluded, removing the Terror from its historical context. The film largely excludes the common people of France, despite the fact that the Revolution was a popular uprising. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Son of the Shark (1993). See more »
Quotes Robespierre: For the country's good we must be ruthless. We can't afford to be just. We'd have to rule by terror. You know what that is? Terror is nothing but despair.
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