Jefferson in Paris Poster

Release Date: March 31st, 1995

DVD Release Date: April 6th, 2004

PG-13|2 hr 19 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, Michaƫl Lonsdale, Nancy Marchand

Director: James Ivory

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures, Merchant Ivory Productions

Keywords: Daughter, Forbidden love, Office, Transformation, Love triangle

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Regardless, though it may be occasionally slow-moving and perhaps a half-hour too long, this film is put together with care and a mindfulness of quality. show more

  • But, as with any other Merchant Ivory film, this one provides pleasures beyond the ordinary. [07 Apr 1995]

  • 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]

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