Famed swordsman and poet Cyrano de Bergerac is in love with his cousin Roxane. He has never expressed his love for her as he his large nose undermines his self-confidence. Then he finds a way to express his love to her, indirectly.

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Edmond Rostand (play), Jean-Paul Rappeneau (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Cyrano De Bergerac
Anne Brochet ... Roxane
Vincent Perez ... Christian de Neuvillette
Jacques Weber ... Comte De Guiche
Roland Bertin Roland Bertin ... Ragueneau
Philippe Morier-Genoud Philippe Morier-Genoud ... Le Bret
Pierre Maguelon ... Carbon de Castel-Jaloux
Josiane Stoléru Josiane Stoléru ... The Duenna
Anatole Delalande Anatole Delalande ... The Child
Alain Rimoux Alain Rimoux ... The Father
Philippe Volter Philippe Volter ... Vicomte de Valvert
Jean-Marie Winling Jean-Marie Winling ... Lignière
Louis Navarre Louis Navarre ... The Bore
Gabriel Monnet Gabriel Monnet ... Montfleury
François Marié François Marié ... Bellerose
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A dashing officer of the guard and romantic poet, Cyrano de Bergerac is in love with his cousin Roxane without her knowing. His one curse in his life, he feels, is his large nose and although it may have been a forming influence in his rapier-sharp wit, he believes that Roxane will reject him. He resorts to writing letters to her on behalf of one of his cadets, Christian, who is also in love with Roxane but just doesn't know how to tell her. She falls for the poetic charm of the letters but believes that they were written by Christian. Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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Gérard Depardieu and Vincent Perez play rivals for the affections of Roxanne. In real life, they would both father a child with Karine Silla. The daughter fathered by Depardieu is even named Roxane Depardieu. See more »

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Around 1:52:40 of the film, just after the death of Christian, a Spanish soldier is holding a French soldier to be killed by his companion, but the other Spanish soldier clearly passes his blade on the side of the torso of the French. See more »

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Man at Theatre: Fifteen sous! I get in free.
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Version of Cyrano De Bergerac (1962) See more »

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Careers are built on films like this
9 September 2007 | by csagneSee all my reviews

Gérard Depardieu became famous with Cyrano, and Cyrano de Bergerac knew its master with Depardieu.

This classic piece of French literature is based on real events (largely adapted), and while it is a stage play, the skill of transposing the play to the silver screen is a feat!

The film resorts to skillful cutting of the text (now public domain - check Gutemberg), which sounds easy, but is not, because it flows so naturally and needs to be cut surgically, word for word.

At the same time, all that is missing from the script by Edmond Rostand is inspired by generations of stage performance. The miracle then is making the script in French likable to audiences who do not understand French, as Edmond Rostand can be compared to George Bernard Shaw, Shakespeare and Samuel Beckett.

The genius of Gérard Depardieu and the beauty of the sets, the quality and care for detail all push to bring this beautiful film within reach of non French audiences. In that respect the sword duel scene at the beginning is memorable and worth playing twice on DVD!

One thing though, the finale scene I found awkward but Edmond Rostand created it so the director had no choice.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Gross USA:

$5,820,020

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,822,041
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1.66 : 1
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