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Total Eclipse (1995)




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Movie Info

The destructive relationship between famed 19th-century French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine provides the basis of this biography. The film centers less on the poets' art and more upon their tumultuous sexual relationships.more
Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Hampton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 21, 1999
New Line Home Entertainment

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Leonardo DiCaprio
as Arthur Rimbaud
David Thewlis
as Paul Verlaine
Romane Bohringer
as Mathilde Verlaine
James Thieree
as Frederic
Denise Chalem
as Mrs. Maute De Fleurv...
Andrzej Seweryn
as Mr. Maute De Fleurvi...
Christopher Chaplin
as Charles Cros
Felicie Pasotti Caba...
as Isabelle as a Child
Nita Klein
as Rimbaud's Mother
Kettly NoŽl
as Somalian Woman
Cheb Han
as Djami
Dominique Blanc
as Isabelle Rimbaud
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Critic Reviews for Total Eclipse

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (13)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | November 3, 1995
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Total Eclipse

A young Leonardo...already an outstanding actor. He absolutely stole this film as his own even at such a young age. I love period dramas, and biographical dramas, so this movie was just perfect for me. Leo portrays a supposedly true-to-life strange and crazy poet in this movie. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job than he did. Very interesting film.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

David Thewlis is such a horrible actor that it destroyed this movie. This was a great performance for Leonardo DiCaprio and I feel his portrayal was the only interesting thing about the movie. Even with getting to see Leonardo naked a few times... I still cannot recommend the movie. Seeing Leonardo shine as an actor may only be because of the poor acting of co-stars!

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

I must've been pretty darn bored the day I decided to watch this, and must've been willing to watch just about any movie. It's based on a true story, which is usually a good thing, but I don't agree with the homo or bisexual lifestyle and that's what this is about....but there's some good movies about that, but still, this isn't one of them. I just found the story boring (I'm not into art anyway), and I'm sure it's mainly the ladies and a few old perverts that would really want to watch "Total Eclipse" and that just to see Leonardo Dicaprio naked.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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