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Germinal (1994)




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Claude Berri and Arlette Langmann adapted Emile Zola's novel for this detailed, sweeping tale of French coal miners, whose strike against an exploitative management results in catastrophe.

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Gérard Depardieu
as Toussaint Maheu
as Etienne Lantier
as Maheude
Jean Carmet
as Bonnemort
Jean Carnet
as Bonnemort
Judith Henry
as Catherine
as Laurent Terzieff
Jacques Dacqmine
as Monsieur Hennebeau
Anny Duperey
as Madame Hennebeau
Pierre Lafont
as Monsieur Gregoire
Annick Alane
as Madame Gregoire
Thierry Levaret
as Zacharie Maheu
Albano Guaetta
as Jeanlin Maheu
Severine Huon
as Alzire Maheu
Jessica Sueur
as Leonore Maheu
Mathieu Mathez
as Henri Maheu
Yolande Moreau
as La Levaque
Joel Petit
as Bebert
Anne-Marie Pisani
as La Mouquette
Yvette Petit
as La Veuve Desir
Solene Jarniou
as Madame Rasseneur
Fred Personne
as Pluchart
Cécile Bois
as Cecile Gregoire
Delphine Quentin
as Lucie Deneulin
Alexandrine Loeb
as Jeanne Deneulin
Fred Ulysse
as Dansaert
Bruno Tuchszer
as Capitaine des Gardes
Fernand Kindt
as Secretaire de la Cie
André Chaumeau
as Caissier de la Cie
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Critic Reviews for Germinal

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

For me, Germinal provided visual and dramatic images for 19th century history events that I only understood in an abstract way.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

As the 158-minute saga wears on, it is like spending too long in a reconstructed pioneer village. The film's didactic agenda undercuts the drama.

October 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Though never boring, this tale of miners' lives is too frequently beset by cave-ins and clinkers.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Deals with a mining strike in 19th century France and comes across as a poignant depiction of class warfare.

August 22, 2002 | Full Review…

An extremely moving tale that points to the ultimate hopelessness of the human condition.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Big and impressive in its epic scope, Germinal nevertheless suffers from uneven acting, over-the-top histrionics and a constant dark and dour tone.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Germinal

Vividly grim and grimy adaptation of the Emile Zola novel about unionization of French coal miners in the late 1800s. So realistic I contracted black lung from watching it.

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A well-made historical epic filled with brutal reality and historical accuracy. Not the best of its genre, but quite entertaining and very informative.

Mike T.
Mike T.

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