GenreBiography, Drama, History ProducerSam Zimbalist CountryUnited Kingdom
Release dateMarch 5, 1958 (USA) Based onCaptain Dreyfus; The Story of a Mass Hysteria
by Nicholas Halasz WriterNicholas Halasz (book), Gore Vidal (screenplay) CastJosé Ferrer (Capt. Alfred Dreyfus), Viveca Lindfors (Lucie Dreyfus), Emlyn Williams (Emile Zola), Anton Walbrook (Maj. Esterhazy), Leo Genn (Maj. Picquart), David Farrar (Mathieu Dreyfus) Similar moviesAu Revoir Les Enfants, Inglourious Basterds, 2 or 3 Things I Know About Him, Life Is Beautiful, Grand Illusion, The Last Metro
I Accuse! is a British-American 1958 CinemaScope 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.
In 1894 Alfred Dreyfus (José Ferrer), 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 cover up. 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.