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      Vatel

      2000, History/Drama, 1h 57m

      32 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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      Visually sumptuous, but unengaging. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      The year is 1671. King Louis XIV rules at Versailles. In the North of France, Prince de Conde has come up with a plan to get his province out of debt: he'll invite the King to his country chateau for a weekend of spectacle and merriment. If he can get back in the King's good graces, his region can avoid economic disaster.

      • Rating: PG-13 (Some Violence|Sexual Content)

      • Genre: History, Drama, Romance

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Roland Joffé

      • Producer: Alain Goldman, Roland Joffé

      • Writer: Jeanne Labrune, Tom Stoppard

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $49.5K

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Miramax Films

      • Production Co: Timothy Burrill Prod. Ltd., Nomad Films, Le Studio Canal +, Légende Entreprises, Gaumont, TF1 Films Productions

      • Sound Mix: Surround, Dolby SR, Dolby Digital, Dolby Stereo

      • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Gérard Depardieu
      Uma Thurman
      Tim Roth
      Julian Glover
      Arielle Dombasle
      Murry Lachlan Young
      Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu
      Jerome Pradon
      Patrick Bordier
      Catherine Morisse
      Ennio Morricone
      Robert Fraisse
      Noëlle Boisson
      Cecilia Montiel
      Jean Rabasse
      Luc Etienne
      Jérôme Navarro

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      • Jul 30, 2009

        A quite entertaining costume drama filled with intrigue and debauchery. Integrity was highly prized and rarely found in the court of Louis XIV. Vatel (Gerard Depardieu) is in charge of providing lavish entertainment and banquets for the king's visit and discharges his duties without flaw. So much so, that his services are required at Versailles, but at a cost too dear for this man of humble origins. The cast is superb (Thurman and Roth bear special mention), the scenery is extravagent, and the story has enough twists and turns to keep the viewer engaged for its near two hour length. The costuming and sets alone are worth the price of admission. At a time when a king's displeasure was paid for with one's life, and honor often took a back seat to expediency, a man like Vatel invited envy as well as admiration. And in rare instances the affections of a lady.

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