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The Imprint of Giants (1980)

L'empreinte des géants (original title)
The life of workers and their families in a construction site of a highway in 1965.


Robert Enrico


François Chevallier (adaptation), Hortense Dufour (novel) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoé Chauveau ... Eléonore Meru
Serge Reggiani ... Fouldroule
Mario Adorf ... Meru
Andréa Ferréol ... Germaine Hansen
Raimund Harmstorf ... Jo Hansen
Dominique Laffin ... Lucie Dromner
Patrick Chesnais ... Martial Dromner
Philippe Léotard ... Lucien Chabaud
Anne Wiazemsky ... La Marraine
Josine Comellas Josine Comellas ... Eliette
Jean-Pierre Bagot Jean-Pierre Bagot ... Carvinet
Med Salah Cheurfi Med Salah Cheurfi ... Galu (as Salah Cheurfi)
Philippe Deplanche Philippe Deplanche ... Louis (as Philippe Deplache)
Yveline Danard Yveline Danard
Bertrand Bonvoisin Bertrand Bonvoisin ... Paul


The life of workers and their families in a construction site of a highway in 1965.

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France | West Germany



Release Date:

5 March 1980 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Marca dos Gigantes See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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L'Éveil Des Géants (Générique) (Main Title)
Written by Karl-Heinz Schäfer
Performed by Juan José Mosalini
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Les grandes gueules.
10 July 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

With "L'Empreinte des Géants" ,Robert Enrico returns to his favorite subject:manly friendship against a hostile world.He had begun in this vein with his "les Grandes Gueules" and reached a peak with the following work "Les Aventuriers" .Nothing is left from the ambitious first efforts such as "Au Coeur de la Vie" (which would remain Enrico's best)and "La Belle Vie" .

People who liked "Les Grandes Gueules " will enjoy "l'Empreinte des Géants" .It's more of the same.The sawmill has been replaced by a highway building site.There are several good sequences but as a whole the movie leaves a little to be desired .It's interesting to note that Anne Wiazemsky,discovered by Bresson in "Au Hasard Balthazar" ,plays here the only "mainstream" part of her career .

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