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Danton and Robespierre were close friends and fought together in the French Revolution, but by 1793 Robespierre was France's ruler, determined to wipe out opposition with a series of mass executions that became known as the Reign of Terror. Danton, well known as a spokesman of the people, had been living in relative solitude in the French countryside, but he returned to Paris to challenge Robespierre's violent rule and call for the people to demand their rights. Robespierre, however, could not accept such a challenge, even from a friend and colleague, and he blocked out a plan for the capture and execution of Danton and his allies.

  1. Andrzej Wajda

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Jacek Gasiorowski


  3. Boleslaw Michalek


  4. Jean-Claude Carrière


  5. Agnieszka Holland


Top Billed Cast

  1. Gérard Depardieu

    Gérard Depardieu

    Georges Danton

  2. Wojciech Pszoniak

    Wojciech Pszoniak

    Maximilien Robespierre

  3. Patrice Chéreau

    Patrice Chéreau

    Camille Desmoulins

  4. Angela Winkler

    Angela Winkler

    Lucile Desmoulins

  5. Roland Blanche

    Roland Blanche


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Status Released

Release Information

  • January 12, 1983


Original Language French

Runtime 2h 16m

Budget -

Revenue -



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