Germinal (1994)




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Claude Berri's angry, ambitious epic, based on the 19th-century novel by Emile Zola, re-creates, as does the novel, the gut-wrenching poverty and the intense day-by-day struggles of striking French coal-miners in 1884 at the Voreux mines of France. The film centers upon the bitter toils of Maheu (Gerard Depardieu) and his family -- consisting of his iron-willed wife (Miou-Miou) and their daughter Catherine (Judith Henry), who also works in the mines. When a new miner, Etienne Lantier (Renaud), … More

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Émile Zola, Arlette Langmann, Claude Berri, Bruce Robinson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 30, 1994
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Toussaint Maheu

as Etienne Lantier

as Maheude

as Bonnemort

as Bonnemort

as Catherine

as Laurent Terzieff

as Souvarine

as Monsieur Hennebeau

as Madame Hennebeau

as Monsieur Gregoire

as Madame Gregoire

as La Mouquette

as Zacharie Maheu

as Jeanlin Maheu

as Alzire Maheu

as Leonore Maheu

as Henri Maheu

as La Levaque

as Bebert

as La Mouquette

as La Veuve Desir

as Madame Rasseneur

as Pluchart

as Cecile Gregoire

as Lucie Deneulin

as Jeanne Deneulin

as Dansaert

as Capitaine des Gardes

as Secretaire de la Cie

as Caissier de la Cie
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Critic Reviews for Germinal

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Deals with a mining strike in 19th century France and comes across as a poignant depiction of class warfare.

Full Review… | August 22, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Germinal

A well-made historical epic filled with brutal reality and historical accuracy. Not the best of its genre, but quite entertaining and very informative.

Mike T.

Super Reviewer

Vividly grim and grimy adaptation of the Emile Zola novel about unionization of French coal miners in the late 1800s. So realistic I contracted black lung from watching it.

Doctor Strangeblog

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