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A Feature film by Yves Allégret

Produced by Marceau-Cocinor, Paris Élysée Films, Metzger et Woog

Release in France : 18/09/1963

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Actors (20)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producers :

Marceau-Cocinor, Paris Élysée Films, Metzger et Woog

Film exports/foreign sales :

TF1 International

Foreign production companies :

Laetitia Film, Hungarofilm, Hunnia filmstudio

French distribution :


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1863. Etienne Lantier, who has been fired from a railway company for being involved in union activities, lands a miner's job in the North of France. He finds bed and lodging at the Maheus', all of whom being miners themselves and whose daughter Catherine proves susceptible to his charm.The work is hard, ill-paid and dangerous. When the miners hear their wages are going to be cut down they revolt, led by Lantier. The company decides to bring workers in replacement and the authorities repress the rebels ruthlessly. The strike ends in death and suffering but hope for a better future still prevails, in spite of everything...

Source : IMDb

Full credits (16)

Executive Producers :

Eugène Tucherer, Edmond Tenoudji, Robert Woog

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Charles Spaak

Author of original work :

Émile Zola

Sound recordists :

Antoine Archimbaud, Jacques Carrère, Robert Teisseire

Camera Operator :

Louis Stein

Assistant editors :

Gisèle Chézeau, Andrée Davanture

Production Designer :

Lucien Aguettand

Costume designer :

Jacques Cottin

Assistant Director :

Roger Pigaut

Dialogue Writer :

Charles Spaak

Director of Photography :

Jean Bourgoin

Sound Assistant :

Pierre Davoust

Editor :

Henri Rust

Continuity supervisor :

Annie Rozier

Music Composer :

Michel Magne

Still Photographer :

Jean-Louis Castelli

Technical details

Feature film

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Sub-genre :

Drama, Literary adaptation

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Coproducer countries :

Italy, Hungary, France

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Nationality :

Majority French (Italy, Hungary, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 52 min

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Black & White

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