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Germinal (1993)

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In mid-nineteenth-century northern France, a coal mining town's workers are exploited by the mine's owner. One day, they decide to go on strike, and the authorities repress them.

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Claude Berri
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miou-Miou ... Maheude
Renaud ... Étienne Lantier
Jean Carmet ... Vincent Maheu dit Bonnemort
Judith Henry Judith Henry ... Catherine Maheu
Jean-Roger Milo Jean-Roger Milo ... Chaval
Gérard Depardieu ... Toussaint Maheu
Laurent Terzieff ... Souvarine
Bernard Fresson ... Victor Deneulin
Jean-Pierre Bisson Jean-Pierre Bisson ... Rasseneur
Jacques Dacqmine ... Philippe Hennebeau
Anny Duperey ... Madame Hennebeau
Gérard Croce Gérard Croce ... Maigrat
Frédéric van den Driessche ... Paul Négrel
Annick Alane Annick Alane ... Madame Grégoire
Pierre Lafont Pierre Lafont ... Léon Grégoire
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Storyline

It's mid 19th century, north of France. The story of a coal miner's town. They are exploited by the mine's owner. One day the decide to go on strike, and then the authorities repress them. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for intense depiction of suffering and class conflict | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Belgium | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

31 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Germinal See more »

Filming Locations:

Valenciennes, Nord, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 164,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$378,854
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Finnish censorship visa # V-02591. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, when Etienne and Catherine are looking for the way out of the mine, we see the shadows of the lamps on the right wall of the tunnel. It's to be supposed that the only light inside the mine came from the lamps. See more »

Quotes

Coal mine owner: A strike is a disaster for everyone. Within a week you'll all starve. Then what will you do?
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Alternate Versions

The UK version is cut by about 30 seconds to remove scenes of animal cruelty (two cocks fighting) to comply with the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. See more »

Connections

Version of Germinal (1970) See more »

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And you thought YOU had it bad?
17 July 2005 | by futures-1See all my reviews

"Germinal" (French, 1993): This EPIC story, adapted from Emile Zola's novel and put to film by Claude Berri (director of "Jean de Florette" and "Manon of the Spring"), is the gritty depiction of hard working coal miners in 1800's France, trying to eek out a living and better their lives by forming a labor union. Loaded with issues rising through the Industrial Age, Gerard Depardieu, Miou-Miou, Judith Henry, and Jean-Roger Milo deservedly star in a frighteningly bleak setting, with ominous musical scoring, and the relentless, black dust of coal. Comparisons to the wealthy mine owners lives, opulent and very isolated from their industry's realities, are blatant and clear. Zola wanted some economic and moral balance – even just a little – and set about depicting a situation that could not be denied.


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