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A Bomb for a Dictator (1957)

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A revolution breaks out in a South American country while its cruel dictator is on a trip to France. The rebels have made careful plans to blow up the dictator's private plane as he returns... See full summary »

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Luis Vargas
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Franco Géron
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Mme. Lambert
Betty Schneider ...
Lili
Véronique Deschamps
René Alone
Jean Chapot
Geneviève Antonelli
Luce Aubertin
Georges Debret
André Bonnardel ...
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François Marié
Pierre Cosson
Bernard Privat
Armand Tabuteau
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A revolution breaks out in a South American country while its cruel dictator is on a trip to France. The rebels have made careful plans to blow up the dictator's private plane as he returns, but at the last second he changes plans and travels on a commercial flight. The rebels then must make a difficult decision: they must either blow up a flight filled with innocent passengers, or else allow the dictator to return home and take brutal reprisals against the leaders of the uprising. Written by Snow Leopard

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The step by step assassination plot that will hold you spellbound! See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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February 1963 (USA)  »

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Shoestring budget disaster movie.
14 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

It was long before the seventies and the disaster movies craze.Like "the set-up" and "Cléo de 5 à 7", it's a movie in "real time".The first hour takes place at an airport,the last third on a plane .

The political background is simplistic :two "revolutionaries" want to get rid of a South America dictator.The older(Pierre Fresnay) wants to put a bomb in the plane ,the younger (Michel Auclair)is an idealist to whom the death of fifty innocents (the other passengers) is unbearable. It's an action-packed screenplay ,not devoid of implausibilities -a bubblehead girl agrees to take a stranger's suitcase with her on the plane!and why does Fresnay try to kill Auclair when he does the "job" properly?-,but which manages to sustain interest.The passengers include the cardboard characters who will be the trademark of the disaster movies:the energetic air hostess,the smart little boy,the romantic naive girl.

Alex Joffé is a very minor director.I do not think he's kin to Roland (Joffé)but I might be wrong.If I was mistaken,please,users,do correct me.


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