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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.


Wojciech Pszoniak
as Robespierre
Patrice Chéreau
as Camille Desmoulins
Angela Winkler
as Lucile Desmoulins
Boguslaw Linda
as Saint-Just
Anne Alvaro
as Eleonore Duplay
Roger Planchon
as Fouquier Tinville
Serge Merlin
as Philippeaux
Lucien Melki
as Fabre d'Eglantine
Emmanuelle Debever
as Louison Danton
Jerzy Trela
as Billaud-Varenne
Tadeusz Huk
as Couthon
Jacques Villeret
as Westermann
Marek Kondrat
as Barere De Vieuzad
Angel Sedgwick
as Frere d'Eleonore
Jean-Loup Wolff
as Herault de Seychelles
Vladimir Yordanoff
as Chef des gardes
Malgorzata Zajaczkowska
as Servante des Duplay
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Critic Reviews for Danton

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

...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.

May 20, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A long-winded and overlong period costume drama.

February 24, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.

August 14, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The film lacks the vitality and excitement of Wajdas earlier work.

July 29, 2009 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

In its own way, Danton makes a hell of an argument for dictatorships and fascism. At least they're up front about it.

April 17, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

does not give us easy grounding, but instead constantly challenges us to see each character within the context of both his convictions and the necessities of his political position

April 14, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Danton


This interesting historical drama looks absolutely stunning (almost like a Delacroix painting) but is also overlong and feels too didactic (almost like a filmed History book, to be honest) despite two very intense performances by Gérard Depardieu and Wojciech Pszoniak.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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

Randy Tippy
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.

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hawk ledge

Super Reviewer

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