Danton (1983)

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.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1983
DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Bourne

...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.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

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

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

Danton's true achievement is as elaborate period pageantry.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A long-winded and overlong period costume drama.

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Chris Cabin

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

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A richly suggestive French film about power, liberty, and bureacracy

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
This interesting historical drama looks absolutely stunning (almost like a Delacroix painting) but is also overlong and feels too didactic (almost like a filmed… More
Randy Tippy
An enlightening, unflattering exercise in French history highlighted by betrayal, corruption and Depardieu.
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Gérard Depardieu's finest performance, Igor Luther's cinematography giving the settings an authentic feel, as do Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle's… More