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The Plague (1992)

La peste (original title)
In the 1990s, a South American city is rocked by the imminent outbreak of a plague. While many attempt to flee the city, Dr. Bernard Rieux sends his sick wife away and does his best to care... See full summary »

Director:

Luis Puenzo

Writers:

Albert Camus (novel), Luis Puenzo | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Doctor Bernard Rieux
Sandrine Bonnaire ... Martine Rambert
Jean-Marc Barr ... Jean Tarrou
Robert Duvall ... Joseph Grand
Raul Julia ... Cottard
Jorge Luz ... Old Man with the cats
Victoria Tennant ... Alicia Rieux
Atilio Veronelli Atilio Veronelli ... Dr. Horacio
Francisco Cocuzza Francisco Cocuzza ... Miguel
Laura Palmucci Laura Palmucci ... Miguel's Wife
Norman Erlich ... Dr. Castel
Marcos Woinsky Marcos Woinsky ... Doctor Grunewald
Duilio Marzio ... Judge Orbon
Pancho Ibáñez ... Newscater
Horacio Fontova Horacio Fontova ... Attendant
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Storyline

In the 1990s, a South American city is rocked by the imminent outbreak of a plague. While many attempt to flee the city, Dr. Bernard Rieux sends his sick wife away and does his best to care for the plague's victims. The plague means different things to different people: to the doctor, it's a disease to be cured. To a pair of French journalists, it's a breaking news story. To religious leaders, it's punishment for sins. As the sense of isolation and hopelessness grow, Dr. Rieux and his associates begin to question their previously-accepted feelings of justice, loneliness, and love. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for grim images, nudity and some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | UK | Argentina

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Plague See more »

Filming Locations:

Argentina

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

In 1947, this was announced for Jean Gabin and Vivien Leigh See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jean Tarrou: [bed ridden] The sound... The sound of the plague, can you here it?
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loved the book, and actually liked the movie.
10 June 2001 | by transmet451See all my reviews

People seem awfully hard on this movie, and I don't quite understand why.

It must suffer in comparison with the book. Granted no filmmaker could possibly match Camus brilliance, but this is a pretty solid movie. One thing that disappointed me was the descision to remove the story from the time period. The time setting is integral to the allegory. All in all, though, a good reconstruction.


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