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PG-13| 2 hr. 16 min.

Plot Summary
His wife having recently died, Thomas Jefferson (Nick Nolte) accepts the post of United States ambassador to pre-revolutionary France, though he finds it difficult to adjust to life in a country where the aristocracy subjugates an increasingly restless peasantry. In Paris, he becomes smitten with cultured artist Maria Cosway (Greta Scacchi), but, when his daughter visits from Virginia accompanied by her attractive slave, Sally Hemings (Thandie Newton), Jefferson's attentions are diverted.

Cast: Nick Nolte , Greta Scacchi , Jean-Pierre Aumont , Simon Callow , Seth Gilliam , James Earl Jones , Michael Lonsdale , Nancy Marchand

Director: James Ivory

Genres: Historical drama

Jefferson In Paris (1995)

Release Date: March 31st, 1995|2 hr. 16 min.

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    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The team of producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory and writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala drops the ball with this droopy, snail-paced prigs-in-wigs movie. show more

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    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Jefferson in Paris is dull, sluggish and unfocused. show more

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    Wall Street Journal

    It's beautiful to watch, but it doesn't cover very much ground. Sumptuously appointed, meticulously detailed, the film sallies forth - and sags. [06 Apr 1995] show more

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