• User


Inspired by a letter by Friedrich Engels and a 1974 account of two militant Marxist writers who had been imprisoned by the Nasser regime, Straub-Huillet filmed Too Early, Too Late in France and Egypt during 1980. They reflect on Egypt’s history of peasant struggle and liberation from Western colonization, and link it to class tensions in France shortly before the Revolution of 1789, quoting texts by Engels as well as the pioneering nonfiction film Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895).

  1. Danièle Huillet

    Director, Writer

  2. Jean-Marie Straub

    Director, Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Danièle Huillet

    Danièle Huillet

    Narrator (segment A) (voice)

  2. Bahgat Elnadi

    Narrator (segment B) (voice)

  3. Gérard Samaan

    Narrator (segment B) (voice)

Full Cast & Crew

Too Early/Too Late
Too Early/Too Late


Original Title Trop tôt/Trop tard

Status Released

Release Information

  • November 8, 1981


Original Language French

Runtime 1h 40m

Budget -

Revenue -



Content Score


We're so close, yet so far.

Top Contributors

Popularity Trend

By signing up for an account on TMDb, you can post directly to Twitter and Facebook.

You need to be logged in to continue. Click here to login or here to sign up.


s focus the search bar
p open profile menu
esc close an open window
? open keyboard shortcut window

On media pages

b go back (or to parent when applicable)
e go to edit page

On TV season pages

(right arrow) go to next season
(left arrow) go to previous season

On TV episode pages

(right arrow) go to next episode
(left arrow) go to previous episode

On all image pages

a open add image window

On all edit pages

t open translation selector
ctrl+ s submit form

On discussion pages

n create new discussion
w toggle watching status
p toggle public/private
c toggle close/open
a open activity
r reply to discussion
l go to last reply
ctrl+ enter submit your message
(right arrow) next page
(left arrow) previous page