I Accuse!

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I Accuse!
I Accuse! FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by José Ferrer
Produced by Sam Zimbalist
Written by Nicholas Halasz (book)
Gore Vidal (screenplay)
Starring José Ferrer
Anton Walbrook
Music by William Alwyn
Cinematography Freddie Young
Edited by Frank Clark
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
March 5, 1958 (USA)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $1,768,000[1]
Box office $665,000[1]

I Accuse! is a British-American 1958 biographical drama film directed by and starring José Ferrer. The film is based on the true story of the Dreyfus Case, in which a Jewish captain in the French Army is falsely accused of treason.

Plot synopsis[edit]

Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish captain in the French Army, is falsely accused of treason. He is sentenced to imprisonment on Devil's Island. When the real traitor is found, the French Army tries to hide the truth by exonerating the traitor in a mock trial. Émile Zola, the famous French author, writes a letter to the President of France entitled "I Accuse!", which reveals the truth behind the coverup. The letter is published in the newspaper and Zola is sued for libel, leading to a re-examination of the entire Dreyfus case.



The film was a box office flop. It earned $190,000 in the US and Canada and $475,000 elsewhere, leading to a loss of $1,415,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .

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