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Cyrano de Bergerac

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France

1990

Rated PG-13 • 2h 17m

Director Jean-Paul Rappeneau

Starring Gérard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez, Jacques Weber

Genre Comedy, Drama, History, Romance

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Famed swordsman and poet Cyrano de Bergerac is in love with his cousin Roxane, but is too embarrassed by his appearance to confess his love. When a cadet, Christian, falls for Roxane, he asks Cyrano for help in expressing his feelings. Cyrano writes love letters in Christian’s name, but Roxane doesn’t realize that it’s Cyrano's words she’s falling for.

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70

Time Out by

Rappeneau's movie-making demonstrates an unshowy confidence in itself and its subject that is wholly justifiable.
50

Washington Post by Desson Thomson

This 138-minute film, comprising two thousand performers and a helluva lot of musketry, has several good scenes, including the well-known one in which Christian utters romantic praise to Roxanne from below her balcony, while de Bergerac feeds him lines. But it can't escape Rostand's structural shortcomings.
67

Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

Director Jean-Paul Rappeneau makes the mistake of treating Cyrano de Bergerac as though it were some lost Shakespearean tragedy instead of the wonderfully gimmicky (and familiar) tearjerker it is.
80

Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

The antique charms of the story can still seduce us when done well, and director Jean-Paul Rappeneau, who freely adapted the play with Jean-Claude Carrière, knows how to fashion a sumptuously beautiful, hugely entertaining spectacle that also stays alert to the cadences of the heart.
80

Washington Post by Rita Kempley

Cyrano de Bergerac is played full tilt, like Don Quixote against the windmills. An enthusiastic melodrama, it spills emotions like stars across the noble screen.
88

Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

A splendid movie not just because it tells its romantic story, and makes it visually delightful, and centers it on Depardieu, but for a better reason: The movie acts as if it believes this story. Depardieu is not a satirist - not here, anyway. He plays Cyrano on the level, for keeps.
70

The New York Times by Vincent Canby

With its screenplay adapted from Rostand by Mr. Rappeneau and Jean-Claude Carriere, the movie is really memorable, though, only for the Depardieu performance, and for the chance it gives us to hear the original French verse.

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