Danton (1983)





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Action opens in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety, under Robespierre's incitement, has begun a series of massive executions, The Terror. Confident in the peoples' support, Danton clashes with his former ally, but calculating Robespierre soon rounds up Danton and his followers, tries them before a revolutionary tribunal and dipatches them to the guillotine.

Rating: PG
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jean-Claude Carriere, Jacek Gasiorowski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 31, 2009
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as Robespierre

as Camille Desmoulins

as Lucile Desmoulins

as Saint-Just

as Eleonore Duplay

as Fouquier Tinville

as Philippeaux

as Fabre d'Eglantine

as Louison Danton

as Billaud-Varenne

as Couthon

as Westermann

as Barere De Vieuzad

as Frere d'Eleonore

as Herault de Seychelle...

as Chef des gardes

as Servante des Duplay
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Critic Reviews for Danton

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

...uncompromising and impassioned. [Depardieu's] throat-scraping, rage-against-the-machine speech in court -- "the Revolution is devouring its children!" -- makes Jimmy Stewart's in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington look like a monk's benediction.

Full Review… | May 20, 2009
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Top Critic

A long-winded and overlong period costume drama.

Full Review… | February 24, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Wajda's intelligent and complex drama could be appreciated as a period piece about the french Revolution as well as a parable of modern politics in Poland and elsewhere.

Full Review… | August 14, 2011

Audience Reviews for Danton

An enlightening, unflattering exercise in French history highlighted by betrayal, corruption and Depardieu.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Gérard Depardieu's finest performance, Igor Luther's cinematography giving the settings an authentic feel, as do Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle's costume designs.

hawk ledge

Super Reviewer

Great period detail. Lots of political issues of freedom and democracy discussed in an interesting way.

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