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La révolution française (1989)

When Louis XVI summoned the Etats-Generaux, he unleashes a revolution that would change his country and cost his life. This is the story of one of the crucial points in the history of France, and Europe, divided into two parts.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Georges-Jacques Danton
Jane Seymour ... Marie Antoinette
François Cluzet ... Camille Desmoulins
Jean-François Balmer ... Louis XVI
Andrzej Seweryn ... Maximilien-Marie-Isidore De Robespierre
Marianne Basler Marianne Basler ... Gabrielle Danton
Peter Ustinov ... André-Boniface-Louis Riquetti, vicomte de Mirabeau (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
Claudia Cardinale ... Yolande-Gabrielle de Polastron, duchesse de Polignac (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
Sam Neill ... Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert Motier, marquis De La Fayette
Vittorio Mezzogiorno ... Jean-Paul Mara, dit Marat
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Louis Legendre
Gabrielle Lazure ... Marie-Thérèse de Savoie-Carignan, princesse de Lamballe
Massimo Girotti ... L'envoyé du Pape (segment "Anées Lumière, Les")
Michel Galabru ... Abbé Maury (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
Michel Duchaussoy ... Jean-Sylvain Bailly (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
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A history of the French Revolution from the decision of King Louis XVI to convene the Etats-Generaux in 1789 in order to deal with France's debt problem. The first part of the movie tells the story from 1789 until August 10, 1792 (when King Louis XVI lost all of his authority and was put in prison). The second part carries the story through the end of the terror in 1794, including the deaths by guillotine of King Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, Danton, and Desmoulins. Written by Erika Grams <erika@email.unc.edu>

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Language:

French | English

Release Date:

25 October 1989 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The French Revolution See more »

Filming Locations:

Bordeaux, Gironde, France See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (part 1) | (part 2)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Sanson's line "Courage, Madame" was not scripted and Sir Christopher Lee's own idea. See more »

Goofs

Necker is depicted as being a Swiss by Louis XVI. In fact, Necker was from Geneva and this city was still independent until 1815, when it became a part of the Swiss Confederation. See more »

Quotes

Camille Desmoulins: [Danton has just called Robespierre a eunuch] Well, how did it go?
Georges-Jacques Danton: I could have been more diplomatic.
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Soundtracks

Hymne à la Liberté
Music and Lyrics by Georges Delerue
Performed by Jessye Norman, soprano
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Surely the revolution wasn't as dull as this!
13 May 2014 | by neilgalliganSee all my reviews

I found this film disappointing. I hoped it would bring to life the French Revolution in an educational yet entertaining way. The film was successful in outlining key characters in the history and told the story in a straightforward manner, if rather focused on key individuals, rather than wider society. However, I feel it really failed to convey a real sense of the excitement, exhilaration, hope and horror that make the French Revolution a key moment in the history of the world. The film had all the hallmarks of having been made for TV: unimaginative camera angles, bad lighting, predictable slow pace etc. For a film which centers around an epic historical event it isn't a patch on Cromwell, The Passion of Christ or The Great Escape for example. It just dragged on, and at six hours long this isn't surprising. Having said all that, it is worth watching as a brief introduction to the events of the time.


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