Jefferson in Paris (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Jefferson in Paris1995

Jefferson in Paris (1995)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Jefferson in Paris Photos

Movie Info

This historical drama takes place during future American president Thomas Jefferson's term as an ambassador in Paris, in the years preceding the French Revolution. Much attention is paid to Jefferson's private life, particularly his affair with young slave Sally Hemmings (a detail felt by many critics to be historically inaccurate).

Watch it now


Nick Nolte
as Thomas Jefferson
Greta Scacchi
as Maria Cosway
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Patsy Jefferson
Simon Callow
as Richard Cosway
Thandie Newton
as Sally Hemings
Seth Gilliam
as James Hemings
James Earl Jones
as Madison Hemings
Jean-Pierre Aumont
as D'Hancarville
Estelle Eonnet
as Polly Jefferson
Todd Boyce
as William Short
Nigel Whitmey
as John Trumbull
Nicolas Silberg
as Monsieur Petit
Nicholas Silberg
as Monsieur Petit
Lionel Robert
as Cook's Helper
Humbert Balsan
as Mutilated Officer
Jean Rupert
as Surgeon
Yvette Petit
as Dressmaker
Paolo Mantini
as Hairdresser
F. Van Den Driessche
as Mutilated Officer
Humbert Balson
as Mutilated Officer
Michel Rois
as Mutilated Officer
Bob Sessions
as James Byrd
Marc Tissot
as Construction Foreman
Lambert Wilson
as Marquis de Lafayette
Elsa Zylberstein
as Adrienne de Lafayette
Jean-François Perrier
as Liberal Aristocrat
Eric Génovèse
as Liberal Aristocrat
Vernon Dobtcheff
as King's Translator
Bruno Putzulu
as Liberal Aristocrat
Catherine Chevalier
as Lady in Court
Laure Killing
as Lady in Court
Philippe Mareuil
as Liberal Aristocrat
Philippe Bouclet
as Liberal Aristocrat
Olivier Galfione
as Chevalier de Saint-Colombe
Anthony Valentine
as British Ambassador
Steve Kalfa
as Dr. Guillotin
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu
as Head and Heart Game
Martine Sarcey
as Head and Heart Game
Elizabeth Kaza
as Card Player
Abdel Bouthegmes
as Lafayette's Indian
Charlotte de Turckheim
as Marie Antoinette
Damien Groelle
as The Dauphin
Valerie Toledano
as Madame Elizabeth
Vernon Dobtchev
as King's Translator
Felix Malinbaum
as Captain of the Guard
Herve Hiolle
as King's Messenger
Philippe Girard
as Post Office Spy
Eric Berg
as Post Office Spy
Nancy Marchand
as The Abbess
Yan Duffas
as Assistant
Magali Leiris
as Assistant
Gabrielle Islwyn
as Singer with Megaphone
Ismail Merchant
as Tipoo Sultan's Ambassador
Martine Chevallier
as Mademoiselle Contat
Valerie Lang
as Demented Woman
Vincent Cassel
as Camille Desmoulins
Beatrice Winde
as Mary Hemings
Tim Choate
as Reporter
View All

Critic Reviews for Jefferson in Paris

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

There's no moment in Jefferson in Paris when you can feel why the filmmakers had to tell this story. All dressed up, this elegant movie has nowhere to go.

February 15, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

What is it about? Revolution? History? Slavery? Romance? No doubt a lot of research and speculation went into Jhabvala's screenplay, but I wish she had finally decided to jump one way or the other. The movie tells no clear story and has no clear ideas.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Aka the affairs of Jefferson. Handsome production.

October 16, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Good idea, but Nolte is not believable as Jefferson.

December 19, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

Contains ample pleasures for those who appreciate subtlety and sophistication in their movie fare.

August 30, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jefferson in Paris


A bunch of supposition unsupported by the known facts but a handsome production, if a bit overlong. Jefferson's daughter Martha Jefferson Randolph, by all reports a vivacious charming girl, is done an injustice by way of the sulky, petulant flat performance Paltrow gives of her.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Jefferson in Paris Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features