État de Siège (State of Siege) (1972)





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Like most of Costa-Gavras' political thrillers, the French State of Siege is based on a true story. The incident dramatized herein is the kidnapping of a U.S. official somewhere in Latin America. The director's sympathies clearly lie with the kidnappers, especially since the official (played by Yves Montand), ostensibly an expert in traffic control, has been assigned as special advisor to the government's secret police, training these worthies in the art of the torturing of political prisoners. Uruguay was the country where this story actually took place; though no names are given, there's little doubting the identity of Costa-Gavras' fictional locale. Despite its up-to-date radicalism, State of Siege adheres to time-honored Hollywood formula, with ugly, vulgar bad guys vs. handsome, articulate good guys.
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Yves Montand
as Philip Michael Santore
Jacques Perrin
as Telephonist
Maurice Teynac
as Minister of Internal Security
Renato Salvatori
as Captain Lopez
André Falcon
as Deputy Fabbri
Yvette Etiévant
as Woman Senator
O.E. Hasse
as Carlos Ducas
Roberto Navarette
as Commissioner Romero
Harald Wolff
as Minister of Foreign Affairs
Maurice Jacquemont
as Dean of the Law School
Evangeline Peterson
as Mrs. Santore
Nemesio Antúnez
as President of the Republic
Eugenio Guzmán
as Spokesman for Internal Security
Aldo Francia
as Dr. Francia
Mario Montilles
as Assistant Commissioner Fontant
Robert Holmes
as Papal Nuncio
Jerry Brouer
as Anthony Lee
Jean-Francois Gobbi
as Journalist
Nemesio Antunes
as President of the Republic
Gloria Lass
as Tortured Student
Jean-Francois Boggi
as Journalist
Gilbert Brandini
as Journalist
Douglas Harris
as Aid Director
Alejandro Sieverina
as Enrique Macchi
Alejandro Misle
as President of the Assembly
Julio Zarata
as Instructor at the Police Academy
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Critic Reviews for État de Siège (State of Siege)

All Critics (3)

Rather than playing into the prejudices and biases of any one political stripe, State of Siege boldly dares to look at both sides, finding both fault and virtue.

Full Review… | June 22, 2015
Q Network Film Desk

Costa-Gavras captures how it feels to live under martial law, and how even some committed populists will scrap their ideals to protect their comfort and privilege.

Full Review… | June 2, 2015
The Dissolve

Purposefully frustrating Yankee-Go-Home pamphlet

Full Review… | June 10, 2012

Audience Reviews for État de Siège (State of Siege)

Neatly put together from realistic events. Another great political thriller, in the vein of corrupted government and the revolutionare "spanish" coffee terrorists.

Anders Ask
Anders Ask

it's not politically charged, it's political charge. I'm surprised of how little this movie is known. It's a great piece of political movies ever made and I would encourage schools to promote its screening in class.

Dr. AlphonSeuss
Dr. AlphonSeuss

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