Danton (1983) - Rotten Tomatoes

Danton (1983)




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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.


Wojciech Pszoniak
as Robespierre
Patrice Chéreau
as Camille Desmoulins
Angela Winkler
as Lucile Desmoulins
Boguslaw Linda
as Saint-Just
Anne Alvaro
as Eleonore Duplay
Roger Planchon
as Fouquier Tinville
Serge Merlin
as Philippeaux
Lucien Melki
as Fabre d'Eglantine
Emmanuelle Debever
as Louison Danton
Jerzy Trela
as Billaud-Varenne
Tadeusz Huk
as Couthon
Jacques Villeret
as Westermann
Marek Kondrat
as Barere De Vieuzad
Angel Sedgwick
as Frere d'Eleonore
Jean-Loup Wolff
as Herault de Seychelles
Vladimir Yordanoff
as Chef des gardes
Malgorzata Zajaczkowska
as Servante des Duplay
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Critic Reviews for Danton

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

[Wajda] has made a great historical picture, and one with sweat and grime all over it.

June 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

...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.

May 20, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Danton's true achievement is as elaborate period pageantry.

March 29, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The lack of clarity of the ideological debate weighs heavily on the film. [Full Review in Spanish]

September 24, 2019 | Full Review…

It adds up to an overwhelming indictment of government oppression.

June 15, 2018 | Full Review…

A long-winded and overlong period costume drama.

February 24, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Danton


This interesting historical drama looks absolutely stunning (almost like a Delacroix painting) but is also overlong and feels too didactic (almost like a filmed History book, to be honest) despite two very intense performances by Gérard Depardieu and Wojciech Pszoniak.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

An enlightening, unflattering exercise in French history highlighted by betrayal, corruption and Depardieu.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Gérard Depardieu's finest performance, Igor Luther's cinematography giving the settings an authentic feel, as do Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle's costume designs.

hawk ledge
hawk ledge

Super Reviewer

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