Germinal (1994)




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Claude Berri and Arlette Langmann adapted Emile Zola's novel for this detailed, sweeping tale of French coal miners, whose strike against an exploitative management results in catastrophe.
Art House & International , Drama
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Gérard Depardieu
as Toussaint Maheu
as Etienne Lantier
as Maheude
Jean Carmet
as Bonnemort
Jean Carnet
as Bonnemort
Judith Henry
as Catherine
as Laurent Terzieff
Laurent Terzieff
as Souvarine
Bernard Fresson
as Deneulin
Jacques Dacqmine
as Monsieur Hennebeau
Anny Duperey
as Madame Hennebeau
Pierre Lafont
as Monsieur Gregoire
Annick Alane
as Madame Gregoire
Thierry Levaret
as Zacharie Maheu
Albano Guaetta
as Jeanlin Maheu
Severine Huon
as Alzire Maheu
Jessica Sueur
as Leonore Maheu
Mathieu Mathez
as Henri Maheu
Yolande Moreau
as La Levaque
Joel Petit
as Bebert
Anne-Marie Pisani
as La Mouquette
Yvette Petit
as La Veuve Desir
Solene Jarniou
as Madame Rasseneur
Fred Personne
as Pluchart
Cécile Bois
as Cecile Gregoire
Delphine Quentin
as Lucie Deneulin
Alexandrine Loeb
as Jeanne Deneulin
Fred Ulysse
as Dansaert
Maryse Moutier
as Melanie
Bruno Tuchszer
as Capitaine des Gardes
Fernand Kindt
as Secretaire de la Cie
André Chaumeau
as Caissier de la Cie
Philippe Desboeuf
as Le Docteur
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Critic Reviews for Germinal

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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Chicago Sun-Times
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July 8, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Germinal

This movie was ABSOLUTELY terrible. Too long. I had to sit through this movie for several class periods during a French film course. I can truly say, without exaggeration, that the time I spent watching the movie was some of the most torturous moments of my life. However, the scenery in this movie was beautiful. The director dealt with colorful landscapes, and I found this artistic detail refreshing amidst an otherwise terrible movie. However, this was not enough to compensate for this movie.

Andrea Pieratt
Andrea Pieratt

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.

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Super Reviewer

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.
Mike T.

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