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Carmen (1984)

A film version of the famous Bizet opera, where a soldier (Don Jose) falls in love with a beautiful factory worker (Carmen), but she does not reciprocate his feelings.


Francesco Rosi


Henri Meilhac (libretto), Ludovic Halévy (libretto) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Migenes ... Carmen (as Julia Migenes-Johnson)
Plácido Domingo ... Don José
Ruggero Raimondi ... Escamillo
Faith Esham Faith Esham ... Micaëla
François Le Roux François Le Roux ... Moralès
John-Paul Bogart John-Paul Bogart ... Zuñiga
Susan Daniel Susan Daniel ... Mercédès
Lillian Watson Lillian Watson ... Frasquita
Jean-Philippe Lafont ... Dancaïre
Gérard Garino Gérard Garino ... Remendado
Julien Guiomar ... Lillas Pastia
Accursio Di Leo Accursio Di Leo ... Guide
Maria Campano Maria Campano ... Manuelita
Cristina Hoyos ... Dancer
Juan Antonio Jiménez Juan Antonio Jiménez ... Dancer


A film version of the famous Bizet opera, where a soldier (Don Jose) falls in love with a beautiful factory worker (Carmen), but she does not reciprocate his feelings. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Drama | Music | Romance


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George Cukor had planned to film this in 1959 with Sophia Loren. See more »


In addition to the black and blurry tops of castles and buildings erased, one can see blurry edges to other parts of the buildings. Looks like a very poor cut and paste job to hide modern additions to structures the director didn't want showing. Some very bad eraser work -- but probably state of the art for a 1984 film. See more »


all the men: [all the men] Carmen! At your feet we follow you! Carmen! At your feet, we beg of you! Be nice, and tell us the day you will love us! Carmen, tell us the day that you will love us!
Carmen: [singing in an amazed tone of voice] "The day that I will love you"? My word! I don't know!
[turns saucy, then sultry]
Carmen: Maybe never!... mm, maybe tomorrow...
[then mockingly]
Carmen: ... But NOT today! That's for sure!
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Version of Carmen on Ice (1990) See more »

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A first-rate movie of a first-rate opera
13 March 2000 | by jhobsonSee all my reviews

I really liked this production of Carmen. Unlike many I have seen, Carmen and Don Jose had a real chemistry -- I could see why Don Jose would throw off his military career for her.

The singing is great, as is the acting and the photography. When friends of mine have asked me about opera, I have played this tape for them.

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Release Date:

14 March 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bizet's Carmen See more »

Filming Locations:

Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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