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La peste (1992)

In the 1990s, a South American city is rocked by the imminent outbreak of a plague. While many attempt to flee the city, Dr. Bernard Rieux sends his sick wife away and does his best to care... See full summary »


Luis Puenzo


Albert Camus (novel), Luis Puenzo | 4 more credits »
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Atilio Veronelli ... Dr. Horacio
Francisco Cocuzza Francisco Cocuzza ... Miguel
Laura Palmucci Laura Palmucci ... Miguel's Wife
Norman Erlich ... Dr. Castel
Marcos Woinsky Marcos Woinsky ... Doctor Grunewald
Duilio Marzio ... Judge Orbon
Pancho Ibáñez ... Newscater
Horacio Fontova Horacio Fontova ... Attendant


In the 1990s, a South American city is rocked by the imminent outbreak of a plague. While many attempt to flee the city, Dr. Bernard Rieux sends his sick wife away and does his best to care for the plague's victims. The plague means different things to different people: to the doctor, it's a disease to be cured. To a pair of French journalists, it's a breaking news story. To religious leaders, it's punishment for sins. As the sense of isolation and hopelessness grow, Dr. Rieux and his associates begin to question their previously-accepted feelings of justice, loneliness, and love. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for grim images, nudity and some language | See all certifications »



France | UK | Argentina



Release Date:

26 August 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Peste See more »

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Did You Know?


William Hurt and Raul Julia appeared in Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985). See more »


[first lines]
Jean Tarrou: [bed ridden] The sound... The sound of the plague, can you here it?
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Shoulda Just Read The Book
6 May 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Wow, right from the start this movie is a real downer, not exactly an uplifting film! This is really depressing.

William Hurt, Robert Duvall, Raul Julia, Sandrine Bonnaire and Jean-Marc Barr star in a film dealing with a plague that is infecting a South American city. It sounds interesting, which is why I rented it, along with the great cast.

However, I found this very disappointing, not only because it was so depressing but it's too talky, the photography disappointed me and I think it tries to be a lot "smarter" than it comes across. I can't see a lot of people enjoying this film. Half the cast members don't seem to be into this story, either, especially Duvall who usually gives great performances.

A friend of mine suggested I read the book and forget the movie. I should have taken her advice. At least the author was famous.

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