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. … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Franco Solinas, Costa-Gavras
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On DVD: May 25, 2015


as Philip Michael Santo...

as Captain Lopez

as Carlos Ducas

as Mrs. Santore

as Minister of Internal...

as Woman Senator

as Minister of Foreign ...

as President of the Rep...

as Deputy Fabbri

as Assistant Commission...

as Anthony Lee

as Spokesman for Intern...

as Dean of the Law Scho...

as Commissioner Romero

as Tortured Student

as Telephonist

as Dr. Francia

as Journalist

as Aid Director

as Papal Nuncio

as Enrique Macchi

as President of the Ass...

as Instructor at the Po...

as President of the Rep...
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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 11, 2012

Audience Reviews for État de Siège (State of Siege)

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.

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