Vatel 23 years old

Some men are too noble to live among aristocracy.


In 1671, with war brewing with Holland, a penniless prince invites Louis XIV to three days of festivities at a chateau in Chantilly. The prince wants a commission as a general, so the extravagances are to impress the king. In charge of all is the steward, Vatel, a man of honor, talent, and low birth. The prince is craven in his longing for stature: no task is too menial or dishonorable for him to give Vatel. While Vatel tries to sustain dignity, he finds himself attracted to Anne de Montausier, the king's newest mistress. In Vatel, she finds someone who's authentic, living out his principles within the casual cruelties of court politics. Can the two of them escape unscathed?


Vatel Cast

Name Character
Julian Glover He was 65, now 88 years old as Prince de Conde
Uma Thurman She was 30, now 53 years old as Anne de Montausier
Gérard Depardieu He was 51, now 74 years old as Francois Vatel
Timothy Spall He was 43, now 66 years old as Gourville
Tim Roth He was 38, now 62 years old as Marquis de Lauzun
Richard Griffiths He was 52, 65 years old when he died as Dr. Bourdelot
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu She was 37, now 60 years old as Duchesse de Longueville
Julian Sands He was 42, now 65 years old as Louis XIV
Arielle Dombasle She was 47, now 70 years old as Princess de Conde
Féodor Atkine He was 52, now 75 years old as Alcalet
Hywel Bennett He was 56, 73 years old when he died as Colbert
Marine Delterme She was 30, now 53 years old as Athenais de Montespan
Murray Lachlan Young He was 31, now 54 years old as Philippe d`Orleans
Nathalie Cerda She was 47, now 70 years old as Königin Marie-Therese

Vatel Crew

Name Department
Karen Lindsay-Stewart as Casting. Production
Cecilia Montiel as Production Design. She was 45 (now 68) years old Art
Alain Goldman as Producer. He was 39 (now 62) years old Production
Jeanne Labrune as Screenplay. She was 49 (now 72) years old Writing
Ennio Morricone as Original Music Composer. He was 71 (91) years old when He died Sound
Roland Joffé as Director. He was 54 (now 77) years old Directing
Roland Joffé as Producer. He was 54 (now 77) years old Production
Noëlle Boisson as Editor. She was 55 (now 78) years old Editing
Gérard Moulévrier as Casting. Production
Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle as Costume Design. She was 63 (now 86) years old Costume & Make-Up
Vatel poster
Vatel (23 years)

Some men are too noble to live among aristocracy.

  • Release day: Monday, May 01, 2000
  • Runtime: 125 minutes