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Cyrano De Bergerac (1990)



Critic Consensus: Love and hope soar in Cyrano De Bergerac, an immensely entertaining romance featuring Gerard Depardieu as his peak.

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Gerard Depardieu gives a towering performance as the title character in this lavish, cinematic, and poetic adaptation of Edmond Rostand's classic stage drama. Cyrano, a 17th-century French soldier and man of letters, loves Roxane, but sensitivity about his enormous nose drives him to help a handsome cadet woo her.


Gérard Depardieu
as Cyrano de Bergerac
Jacques Weber
as Comte De Guiche
Vincent Perez
as Christian de Neuvillette
Roland Berlin
as Ragueneau
Roland Bertin
as Ragueneau
Pierre Maguelon
as Carbon de Castel-Jaloux
Josiane Stoleru
as The Duenna
Ludivine Sagnier
as The Little Sister
Alain Rimoux
as The Father
Philippe Volter
as Vicomte de Valvert
Louis Lavarre
as The Bore
Gabriel Monnet
as Montfleury
Francois Marie
as Bellerose
Jacques Pater
as The Footpad
Lucien Pascal
as The Academician
Jean-Damien Barbin
as Conceited Young Man
Louis Navarre
as The Bore
Nicole Félix
as The Matron
Philippe Girard
as De Guiche's Officer
Quentin Ogier
as Baker's Boy
Baptiste Roussillon
as First Soldier
Christian Roy
as Second Soldier
Catherine Ferran
as Lise Ragueneau
Cécile Camp
as Gremoine
Pierre Aussedat
as First Marquis
Yves Aubert
as Marquis
Madeleine Marion
as Mother Superior
Amelie Gonin
as Sister Marthe
Sandrine Kiberlain
as Sister Colette
Isabelle Gruault
as Sister Claire
Louise Vincent
as Ironing Nun
Claudine Gabay
as Naughty Sister
Eric Frey
as Second `Precious' Poet
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Critic Reviews for Cyrano De Bergerac

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (6)

Directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau in French and based on the 1897 play of the same name by Edmond Rostand, this is comedy-tragedy in the grand style, with sets, costumes and battles to match the rich verse and tormented emotion.

February 24, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There are better love stories, but Cyrano is arguably the ultimate celebration of the romantic spirit… Depardieu makes the part forever his own.

March 2, 2004 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Cyrano de Bergerac is a splendid movie not just because it tells its romantic story, and makes it visually delightful, and centers it on Depardieu, but for a better reason: The movie acts as if it believes this story.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Gerard Depardieu gives a tour de force Oscar-nominated performance in this sumptuous (and best) screen version of the famous play

February 1, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

More artistry and energy than virtually any American costume drama from that period you could name.

November 21, 2010 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

A film for hopeless romantics, which could only be justly done by the French.

July 6, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cyrano De Bergerac


Edmond Rostand's classic story comes to life in this 1990 adaptation. Gerard Depardieu has recently become a parody of himself, the fat Frenchman who drinks a vineyard and a half every day, and that makes it easy to forget how energetic, poetic, and compelling he once was. He gives a tour de force performance in this film, actually challenging Jose Ferrer for the best Cyrano. The problem with story is that it's hard to believe that a man as arrogant as Cyrano wouldn't try to sink or swim with Roxanne on his merits. So there has to be an element of self-conscious insecurity to his scenes with her, and while that's not altogether missing from Depardieu's performance, it's still not clear why Cyrano wouldn't pursue her on his own behalf. Vincent Perez actually brings a strength to the hapless role of Christian. Overall, this is one of the best versions of a classic story.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Based on the classic of French literature, Cyrano is the tale of a brave and noble soldier with the body of a bearish brute but soul of a poet who helps a more visually appealing competitor gain the affections of his true love. There are a few parts that certain actors were born to play, and this was Gerard Depardieu's. He is simply wonderful as the eloquent and dashing hero who sets aside his jealousies to achieve true love by vicarious means. It's essentially about being true to one's soul and failing to compromise through all adversity as well as a morality fable with the simple message of "don't judge a book by its cover". It's a faithful adaptation of the material, and as such is quite wordy although its eloquence will win over all but the most hardened action junkie. Passionate, larger than life, romantic and tragic in equal measure, this Cyrano is easily the best screen adaptation and very, very French.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Gerard Depardieu shines as Cyrano, the brute swordsman with the soul of a witty and loquacious poet. A passionate chant to real love, beyond any superficial matter.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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