Cyrano De Bergerac (1990)




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Gerard Depardieu gives a towering performance as the title character in this lavish, cinematic, and poetic adaptation of Edmond Rostand's classic stage drama. Cyrano, a 17th-century French soldier and man of letters, loves Roxane, but sensitivity about his enormous nose drives him to help a handsome cadet woo her.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jean-Claude Carriere
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 10, 2004
Orion Home Video



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as The Duenna

as The Little Sister

as The Father

as Vicomte de Valvert

as The Bore

as Montfleury

as Bellerose

as The Footpad

as The Academician

as Conceited Young Man

as The Matron

as The Bore

as De Guiche's Officer

as Baker's Boy

as First Soldier

as Lise Ragueneau

as Second Soldier

as First Marquis

as Gremoine

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as Mother Superior

as Sister Marthe

as Sister Colette

as Sister Claire

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Critic Reviews for Cyrano De Bergerac

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Gerard Depardieu gives a tour de force Oscar-nominated performance in this sumptuous (and best) screen version of the famous play

Full Review… | February 1, 2011

More artistry and energy than virtually any American costume drama from that period you could name.

Full Review… | November 21, 2010
Antagony & Ecstasy

A film for hopeless romantics, which could only be justly done by the French.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

The great thing about Jean-Paul Rappeneau's 1990 film -- apart from Gerard Depardieu's central performance -- is that it returns the play to its popular entertainment self.

Full Review… | July 11, 2007
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

[T]here's a kind of soaring beauty to this expansively passionate film...

Full Review… | August 8, 2004
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for Cyrano De Bergerac


Edmond Rostand's classic story comes to life in this 1990 adaptation.
Gerard Depardieu has recently become a parody of himself, the fat Frenchman who drinks a vineyard and a half every day, and that makes it easy to forget how energetic, poetic, and compelling he once was. He gives a tour de force performance in this film, actually challenging Jose Ferrer for the best Cyrano.
The problem with story is that it's hard to believe that a man as arrogant as Cyrano wouldn't try to sink or swim with Roxanne on his merits. So there has to be an element of self-conscious insecurity to his scenes with her, and while that's not altogether missing from Depardieu's performance, it's still not clear why Cyrano wouldn't pursue her on his own behalf.
Vincent Perez actually brings a strength to the hapless role of Christian.
Overall, this is one of the best versions of a classic story.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Based on the classic of French literature, Cyrano is the tale of a brave and noble soldier with the body of a bearish brute but soul of a poet who helps a more visually appealing competitor gain the affections of his true love. There are a few parts that certain actors were born to play, and this was Gerard Depardieu's. He is simply wonderful as the eloquent and dashing hero who sets aside his jealousies to achieve true love by vicarious means. It's essentially about being true to one's soul and failing to compromise through all adversity as well as a morality fable with the simple message of "don't judge a book by its cover". It's a faithful adaptation of the material, and as such is quite wordy although its eloquence will win over all but the most hardened action junkie. Passionate, larger than life, romantic and tragic in equal measure, this Cyrano is easily the best screen adaptation and very, very French.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Gerard Depardieu shines as Cyrano, the brute swordsman with the soul of a witty and loquacious poet. A passionate chant to real love, beyond any superficial matter.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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