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Recounts the struggle of working-class coal miners in France, led by Depardieu and wife Miou-Miou, to stave off poverty. While greedy investors debate how far they should lower miners' wages, the Maheu family, spurred on by newly arrived Marxist and off-camera French pop star Renaud, lead a strike. Minor themes revolving around management's adulterous adventures provide some momentary relief to relieve short attention spans. Seems so self-consciously an epic drama, however, that the overall effect is ponderous. Adaptation of the 19th century novel by Zola. In French with English subtitles.

Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL: http://www.spe.sony.com, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on Running time 158 minutes. Originally from French.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Miners & Mining, Books to Film: Emile Zola, Period Piece: 19th Century
Screenplay
Claude Berri, Arlette Langmann
Cast
Gerard Depardieu, Miou-Miou, Bernard Fresson, Jean Carmet, Laurent Terzieff, Anny (Annie Legras) Duperey, Renaud, Jacques Dacqmine, Judith Henry
Cinematography
Yves Angelo
Director
Claude Berri
Music
Jean-Louis Roques
Producer
Claude Berri, Pierre Grunstein, Sony Pictures Classics

Awards

Cesar 1994: Cinematog., Costume Des.

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