Following the death of his wife, Thomas Jefferson goes to France as the U.S. ambassador to the court of Louis XVI. This film chronicles his friendships and flirtations with the French and his relationship with his daughters and slaves from home (especially Sally Hemings), against the backdrop of the beginning of the French Revolution.
- Nick Nolte - Thomas Jefferson
- Gwyneth Paltrow - Patsy Jefferson
- Estelle Eonnet - Polly Jefferson
- Thandie Newton - Sally Hemings
- Seth Gilliam - James Hemings
- Todd Boyce - William Short
- Nigel Whitmey - John Trumbull
- Nicolas Silberg - Monsieur Petit
This 1995 film was written by James Ivory, and received anumber of award nominations.