- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 2 hours, 18 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 10, 2004
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Cannes 1990 -
Best Actor: Gérard Depardieu
Rolling Stone - 11/29/1990
"...CYRANO is more than a career culmination for Depardieu; it's a startling surprise...a towering performance, magnificent and moving..."
USA Today - 11/16/1990
"...Both battle scenes and the film's interior lighting ooze feeling and mood..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
New York Times - 11/16/1990
"...[Depardieu's performance is his] own magical achievement. It is expansive, funny, gross, dainty, and always humane....[It] finds surprising new life in a theatrical antique..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/18/1990
"...This CYRANO is a film of dash and vigor, an exceptionally graceful adaptation of a play for the screen..."
Gerard Depardieu won the Best Actor award at Cannes for his performance as Cyrano in this lavish adaptation of Edmond Rostand's 1897 play. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Actor--Gerard Depardieu. Academy Awards: Best Costume Design.
A famed 17th century writer courageously makes enemies of France's polite society by exposing their hypocrisies in political pamphlets. But his bravery in politics does not extend to romance. Cyrano de Bergerac, pining away for love of his cousin Roxanne, refuses to reveal his affections for fear that she will find his grotesque form unappealing. Instead, Cyrano teaches the beautiful but stupid Christian how to woo Roxanne. Though she initially finds Christian attractive, it is his beautiful poetry and gorgeously written letters -- all penned by Cyrano -- that win her heart. Christian dies in battle before he ever has the chance to tell Roxanne the truth, and Cyrano keeps the secret until his own death.
- Yellow subtitles for easy legibility.
- English subtitles were adapted for the film by Anthony Burgess, from his translation of the play.
- Rappeneau and Carriére scripted a scene without dialogue, which makes Roxanne arrival at the field of battle more credible. She is disguised in boy's clothing and her wagon-full of food for the starving troops is accompanied by a group French soldiers.
- Jacques Weber (Count de Guiche) had portrayed Cyrano de Bergerac in a recent stage revival of the French classic.
- The film was produced with the financial assistance from Sofinergie, Club de Investisseurs and Centre National de la Cinématographie.