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.

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Yves Montand
as Philip Michael Santore
Renato Salvatori
as Captain Lopez
O.E. Hasse
as Carlos Ducas
Evangeline Peterson
as Mrs. Santore
Maurice Teynac
as Minister of Internal Security
Yvette Etiévant
as Woman Senator
Harald Wolff
as Minister of Foreign Affairs
Nemesio Antunes
as President of the Republic
André Falcon
as Deputy Fabbri
Mario Montilles
as Assistant Commissioner Fontant
Jerry Brouer
as Anthony Lee
Eugenio Guzmán
as Spokesman for Internal Security
Maurice Jacquemont
as Dean of the Law School
Roberto Navarette
as Commissioner Romero
Gloria Lass
as Tortured Student
Jacques Perrin
as Telephonist
Aldo Francia
as Dr. Francia
Gilbert Brandini
as Journalist
Douglas Harris
as Aid Director
Robert Holmes
as Papal Nuncio
Alejandro Sieverina
as Enrique Macchi
Alejandro Misle
as President of the Assembly
Julio Zarata
as Instructor at the Police Academy
Nemesio Antúnez
as President of the Republic
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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.

Jun 22, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 2, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Purposefully frustrating Yankee-Go-Home pamphlet

Jun 11, 2012 | Full Review…

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