The Nada Gang (1974)

The Nada Gang

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Also known as Nada, The Nada Gang is a lesser effort from director Claude Chabrol. A group of European terrorists calling themselves the Nada kidnaps an American ambassador. Their hideout is besieged by a sadistic police official and his minions. Thanks to the official's eagerness to pull the trigger, everyone winds up dead, including the ambassador. The Nada Gang was based on a novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Antonietta Malzieri, Claude Chabrol, Jean-Patrick Manchette
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On DVD: May 20, 2003
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as Marcel Treuffais

as Inspector Goemond

as D'Arey

as Minister

as Ambassador Richard P...

as Gabrielle
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Critic Reviews for The Nada Gang

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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A chilling political thriller.

Full Review… | May 16, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

July 4, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Film4

Audience Reviews for The Nada Gang

½

First and foremost, Nada is a very knowing black comedy, subtle and with tongue firmly in cheek at times. The fact that their called the 'Nada' gang kind of gives it away that this is parody rather than serious but it does have all the trimmings of a really good thriller/heist movie so often you forget. Pointing out the faults of both sides, Nada highlights the idiocy of conflict and the pointlessness of terrorism but never condemns the passion or the need for rebellion. It certainly one of my favourite Chabrol films.

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

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½

When a leftist terrorist organisation kidnaps the U.S. Ambassador to France, the French police employ their own, state-sanctioned form of terrorism to quell popular support for the anarchists. "Nada" is too complex a film to analyse succinctly here, but it sometimes felt like I was watching a Costa-Gavras political thriller, as directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Certainly, Maurice Garrel, as a disillusioned revolutionary, masterminding the abduction out of loyalty to a still fanatical friend (Fabio Testi), has a Melvillian world-weariness/fatalism about him. The interesting relationship between Testi and Michel Duchaussoy, respectively the gang's leader and its former spokesman, expelled for ideological differences but loyally reticent under police torture, also smacks of Melville. However, the rich vein of black comedy running through the movie is unmistakably Claude Chabrol's. Detractors, who would have you believe that this director is merely a Hitchcock copyist, would do well to witness his brilliant handling of this film's two major set-pieces: the kidnapping scene and the police's retaliatory farmhouse siege. His matter-of-fact use of violence, particularly in the latter scene, is absolutely chilling. Of the superb cast, Maurice Garrel and Michel Aumont, who plays the canny but brutal policeman in charge of the case, are especially fine. A film ripe for rediscovery in these troubled times. I loved it!

harrycaul
Stephen M

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½

"Nada" starts with D'Arey(Lou Castel) trying to recruit Epaulard(Maurice Garrel), a veteran of revolutions, into a scheme to kidnap the American ambassador(Lyle Joyce). Epaulard thinks the plan is so insane that he goes back into a wine bar, needing another drink. What D'Arey needs is his silence, enlisting Diaz(Fabio Testi) but the two men recognize each other as old comrades and Epaulard has a change of heart. So does Treuffais(Michel Duchaussoy), a university professor, who opts out. As secret as their plan is, somebody is still on hand to videotape them...

A little trickier than the average Claude Chabrol film, "Nada" begins with a burst of energy before shifting gears in its second act to almost forget about the kidnappers, focusing instead on the government response. While surprisingly sympathetic towards the kidnappers, the same cannot be said for the authorities who exploit terrorism for their own agenda. The film was made in 1974 at a time when revolutionary violence and terrorism were not unusual(the American ambassador was kidnapped in Brazil in 1969) but not when sneakers were. However, it does seem odd that a revolutionary cell would just ask for money. Surely, there are political demands they could have made like releasing prisoners, ending military activity or having Roger Moore replaced as James Bond.

Harlequin68
Walter M.

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