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I Accuse! (1958)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 15 February 1959 (UK)
In 1894 France, a Jewish officer in the French Army is falsely accused of spying for Germany.

Director:

José Ferrer (as Jose Ferrer)

Writers:

Nicholas Halasz (book), Gore Vidal (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Ferrer ... Captain Alfred Dreyfus (as Jose Ferrer)
Anton Walbrook ... Major Ferdinand Esterhazy
Viveca Lindfors ... Lucie Dreyfus
Leo Genn ... Major Georges Picquart
Emlyn Williams ... Émile Zola
David Farrar ... Mathieu Dreyfus
Donald Wolfit ... General Auguste Mercier
Herbert Lom ... Major DuPaty de Clam
Harry Andrews ... Major Hubert Henry
Felix Aylmer ... Edgar Demange
Peter Illing ... Georges Clemenceau
George Coulouris ... Colonel Sandherr
Carl Jaffe Carl Jaffe ... Colonel Maximilian von Schwarzkoppen
Eric Pohlmann ... Bertillon
John Chandos John Chandos ... Drumont
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Storyline

The famous "Dreyfus Case" where a Jewish captain in the French Army is falsely accused of treason. He is sentenced to imprisonment on Devil's Island. When the real traitor is found the French Army tries to hide the truth. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Based on the celebrated Captain Dreyfus case !


Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

I Accuse! See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,768,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$190,000, 31 December 1958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$665,000, 31 December 1958
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Perspecta Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was not actually shot in widescreen. It was converted to CinemaScope in the final print after having been shot in standard Academy ratio, much like some films which are "matted" after having been shot in Academy ratio. The process used was contemporary of Superscope and a forerunner of Super 35. It was filmed using spherical lenses at an aspect ratio of 1.37:1. In the printing process, the images were cropped to a height of 2 perforations giving them an aspect ratio of 2.36:1. The images were then stretched vertically to a height of 4 perforations, at which point they conformed to the standard CinemaScope-2 format. See more »

Quotes

Émile Zola: This Esterhazy is one of the most glorious liars that ever drew breath. Why, the authority of it, the poise; the man's a genius!
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Crazy Credits

[Scrolling Prologue] In 1894 Alfred Dreyfus, a French Army officer, stood before a military tribunal accused of treason. The outcome of this trial, a trial that created an international sensation, is a brave chapter in the history of France, that nation which first proclaimed the Rights of Man. See more »

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History speaks
15 August 2008 | by lagacetarockeraSee all my reviews

Jose Ferrer acted in more than 100 movies and TV episodes. One of his sons, Miguel Ferrer, and a nephew, George Clooney, followed successfully his steps in the movie business. All this was not an accident. Jose Ferrer's Oscar winning performance in Cyrano De Bergerac in 1950 was followed 8 years later in I Accuse! Although not winning another Oscar, his portrayal of a French Jewish artillery captain, Alfred Dreyfus, falsely accused of treason in 1894, sentenced and sent to Devil's Island, makes one feel what the relative of actor Richard Dreyfus felt while publicly being degraded, his sword broken and what he had to live in the tropical God forgotten Atlantic island, 7 miles off the coast of French Guiana, where he was sent at the beginning of 1895. Many people stood for him, like French writer Emile Zola and one can check it in Paul Muni's The Life of Emile Zola, but there is NO DVD RELEASE OF "I ACCUSE"! So I Accuse the studio MGM or whoever has the rights now days, of negligence in not releasing this movie on DVD. I can write down a thousand titles list of crap movies released by MGM, worthless garbage, in the past 20 or so years, but they had to miss this one. Shame on whoever is in charge of selecting which movies to be released on DVD and which not. Who died and made him God in that department? Wake up MGM and deal with this. I bet anything that I'm not the only one that wants that movie released on DVD.


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