Louisiana (1984)


Louisiana (1984)

Virginia Tregan returns to her home in the U.S. Deep South from a sojourn in Paris only to discover that her family plantation and its holdings have been lost. She determines to recoup her family's fortune.
IMDb  5.6 /10
Director Philippe de Broca
Director Etienne Périer
Writer Maurice Denuzière
Writer Dominique Fabre
Writer Charles E. Israel
Writer Etienne Périer
Release Date1984-01-22
Runtime3h 6mins
GenreDrama, History, Romance, War, Western
Content Rating
CompanyFrance 2 (FR2), International Cinema, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana
CountryFrance, Italy, Canada, USA
Virginia Tregan
Clarence Dandridge
Adrien Damvillier
Charles de Vigors
Dr. Murphy
Anne Mac Gregor
Percy Templeton
Larry Lewis
Larry Lewis
Adrien II
Maj. McGregor
Ron L. Lewis
Ron L. Lewis
Pierre Damvillier (as Ron Lewis)

Louisiana (1984 film)

Louisiana is a 1984 Franco - Italian - Canadian film directed by Philippe de Broca.


The action is located in Louisiana in the mid-nineteenth century. Virginia will fight to get possession of the Bagatelle estate after it was lost during the Civil War.


Margot Kidder : Virginia TreganIan Charleson : Clarence DandridgeAndréa Ferréol : MignetteLloyd Bochner : Adrien DamvillierVictor Lanoux : Charles de VigorsLen Cariou : OswaldHilly Hicks : BrentRaymond Pellegrin : MorleyKen Pogue : Dr. MurphyAkosua Busia : IvyCorinne Marchand : Anne McGregor James Bearden : Percy Templeton Larry Lewis : Adrien II Wayne Best: Major McGregor Ron L. Lewis : Pierre DamvillierAngus MacInnes : Albert Alex Liggett : Adrien II, child Matthew Breeding : Pierre, child Scott Burnelle : Fabian Kellie Brasselle : Julie Tara Winder : Ivy, child Mark Polley : Adrien McGregor I Timothy Patterson : Little JoeMichael J. Reynolds : General Bank Ron Cural : Bradley Pat Perkins : Nella Becki Davis : Betty Templeton Valerian Smith : Theodore


As an international co-production, the making of Louisiana required an international cast and crew. The Hungarian-born Canadian John Kemeny was responsible for the overall production. The original French director was Jacques Demy who was replaced by Philippe de Broca, also from France,(p52) assisted by Emmanuel Gust. Financing of the $13 million production included pre-sale to television as a six-hour miniseries (on HBO). Because it was also intended for international theatrical release, two different scripts were used, meaning some characters appearing in the mini-series did not appear in the film.(p41)

The screenplay was by Dominique Fabre, Chuck Israel, John Melson, Étienne Périer, based on the first two novels of Maurice Denuzière's six-volume Louisiane suite, "Louisiane" (1977) and "Fausse-Rivière" (1979).

It was filmed in and around Nottoway Plantation house outside New Orleans. The production was plagued by problems, including a near hurricane which caused delays, and the Mississippi River, which overflowed and destroyed a large outdoor set.(p51)

Production credits

Artistic direction: Ivo Cristante, Randy Moore Sets: John McAdam Costumes: John Hay Photography: Michel Brault Poster: Yves Thos Sound: Jean-Charles Ruault Editing: Henri Lanoë Music: Claude Bolling Associate production company: Gabriel Boustani Executive producers: Denis Heroux, John Kemeny Production company :

  • France A2 Movies
  • Espagne Filmax
  • Canada International Cinema Corporation
  • Italie Radio Televisione Italiana

Distribution: Parafrance Original language: French and English Format: colour - 35 mm - 1.37: 1 - Mono sound Genre : historical film Duration: 187 minutes Release dates: France : January 22 , 1984