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The Return of Martin Guerre (1982)

Le retour de Martin Guerre (original title)
In medieval France, some villagers challenge a man's claim of identity when he (as he says) returns home from some time in the army.

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Daniel Vigne
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Arnaud de Tihl
Nathalie Baye ... Bertrande de Rols
Maurice Barrier ... Uncle Pierre Guerre
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ... Martin Guerre
Isabelle Sadoyan Isabelle Sadoyan ... Catherine Boëre
Rose Thiéry Rose Thiéry ... Raimonde de Rols
Chantal Deruaz Chantal Deruaz ... Jeanne
Maurice Jacquemont Maurice Jacquemont ... Judge Rieux
Roger Planchon ... Jean de Coras
Francis Arnaud Francis Arnaud
Philippe Babin Philippe Babin ... Jacques
Axel Bogousslavsky Axel Bogousslavsky
Valérie Chassigneux Valérie Chassigneux ... Guillemette
Neige Dolsky Neige Dolsky
Adrien Duquesne Adrien Duquesne ... Sanxi Guerre
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Storyline

During the middle of the 16th century, Martin Guerre returns to his village in southwestern France, after being away in the war for almost a decade. The villagers who knew him as a young man suspect he is not Martin, but he seems to know all about his friends, his family and his wife, even the most unusual things. Is this man really Martin Guerre? Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$261,868, 28 August 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,382,482, 11 December 1983
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This was originally announced in 1967 by British producer Joseph Janni . Stanley Mann was scripting. See more »

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Referenced in Frasier: The Return of Martin Crane (2001) See more »

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Absolute gem :A tale of deception set in the ancient times.
7 August 2007 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Daniel Vigne described his film as a modern story that took place in 16th century.Le Retour de Martin Guerre is a wonderful historic romance that pertinently comments on an individual's role in society.The film is a beautiful illustration of 16th century pastoral life. Pancette had the nerve to assume Martin's identity as Bertrande constantly assisted him in deceit.His greed was responsible for his ruin as he claimed wealth which never belonged to him.A vast majority of viewers will not be in a position to form an opinion about Bertrande as she did not wish to spend her life with an impotent village resident.The entire storyline hinges heavily on Gerard Depardieu's captivating performance.His imposing aura makes us readily accept him as the real Martin Guerre even though,in reality,he is Martin's lookalike Pancette.Le Retour de Martin Guerre will fascinate not only the admirers of suspense genre but also those spectators who are attracted to drama.Daniel Vigne has effectively crafted a thought-provoking oeuvre which competently wrestles with major issues like identity and deception.


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