La Peste (1992)

aka: The Plague

Film Review

La Peste picture
La Peste is a French-British film drama first released in France on 26th August 1992, directed by Luis Puenzo. Cinematography was by Félix Monti. It is based on a novel by Albert Camus and stars William Hurt, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jean-Marc Barr, Robert Duvall and Raul Julia. It has also been released under the title: The Plague.   It is a Compagnie Française Cinématographique production, produced by Christian Charret and distributed by Gaumont. Location filming was in Argentina.   It is a color film and runs to 2 hours and 28 minutes.  

Our overall rating for La Peste is: good - passable entertainment.

The actor William Hurt has also appeared in: The Big Chill (1983), I Love You to Death (1990), Smoke (1995) and Tuck Everlasting (2002).

Other recommended drama films of the 1990s from France include the following: Régis Wargnier's Est - Ouest (1999), Claude Berri's Germinal (1993), Olivier Assayas's Paris s'éveille (1991), Patrice Chéreau's La Reine Margot (1994) and Laurent Cantet's Ressources humaines (1999).

Film Credits

  • Director: Luis Puenzo
  • Script: Luis Puenzo, Eric Altmeyer, Norman Di Giovanni, Susan Ashe, Robert Katz, Albert Camus (novel)
  • Cinematographer: Félix Monti
  • Cast: William Hurt (Doctor Bernard Rieux), Sandrine Bonnaire (Martine Rambert), Jean-Marc Barr (Jean Tarrou), Robert Duvall (Joseph Grand), Raul Julia (Cottard), Jorge Luz (Old Man with the cats), Victoria Tennant (Alicia Rieux), Atilio Veronelli (Dr. Horacio), Francisco Cocuzza (Miguel), Laura Palmucci (Miguel's Wife), Norman Erlich (Dr. Castel), Marcos Woinsky (Doctor Grunewald), Duilio Marzio (Judge Orbon), Pancho Ibáñez (Newscater), Horacio Fontova (Attendant), Bruno Chmelik (Felipe), Monica Tozer (Receptionist Dr. Rieux), Lautaro Murúa (Father Paneloux), Peter McFarlane (Hoese), Lidia Catalano (Sara), Fabiana Uria (Teresa), Norman Briski (The Preacher), China Zorrilla (Emma Rieux), Juana Hidalgo (Mr. Castel), Silvina Chediek (Newscaster)
  • Editor: Juan Carlos Macías
  • Set designer: Graciela Oderigo, Horacio Pigozzi
  • Costume designer: María Julia Bertotto
  • Producer: Christian Charret, Cyril de Rouvre, Óscar Kramer, Cristine Levraud, Raúl Outeda, John Pepper, Jonathan Prince, Larry Sugar
  • Production company: Compagnie Française Cinématographique, The Pepper-Prince Ltd., Oscar Kramer S.A., Cinemania Films Group, Canal+
  • Country: France / UK / Argentina
  • Language: English
  • Support: Color
  • Runtime: 148 min
  • Aka: The Plague

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