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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.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...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."
‑ Mark Bourne, Film.com
"The film lacks the vitality and excitement of Wajdas earlier work."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Danton's true achievement is as elaborate period pageantry."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"A long-winded and overlong period costume drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"In its own way, Danton makes a hell of an argument for dictatorships and fascism. At least they're up front about it."
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"A richly suggestive French film about power, liberty, and bureacracy"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"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"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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