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The Battle of Algiers (1966) More at IMDbPro »La battaglia di Algeri (original title)

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The Battle of Algiers -- THE REVOLT THAT STIRRED THE WORLD!

Director Gillo Pontecorvo's highly acclaimed masterpiece THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS is regarded as one of modern cinema's finest achievements. Now, Digitally RE-MASTERED IN HIGH DEFINITION from restored archive elements approved by the filmmakers, this all-time classic release of “The Battle Of Algiers” also commemorates 
the 50th anniversary of Algerian independence. This new HD version includes some previously unseen footage, 
making this the most complete edition ever anywhere.

SPECIAL FEATURES
EXCLUSIVE PRESENTATION & INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR KEN LOACH
EXCLUSIVE PRESENTATION BY DIRECTOR PAUL GREENGRASS (Bourne films)                  
THE MAKING OF THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS
An exclusive interview with Director Gillo Pontecorvo
THE REAL BATTLE OF ALGIERS 
Interview with Producer & protagonist SAADI YACEF, head of FLN guerrillas
OUR WAR FOR FREEDOM
Interview with FLN fighter ZOHRA DRIF BITAT (the Milk Bar bomber portrayed in the film)
PHOTO GALLERIES From filmmaker’s personal archives
FILM TRAILERS, Theatrical and Argent Trailer
ALSO INCLUDED A SPECIAL BOOKLET “ITALIANS IN ALGIERS; An essay by author-scholar David Forgacs, Professor at NYU, on the remarkable genesis of the film and how it was shaped by both the award-winning Italian filmmakers and its ex-guerrilla Algerian producer, whose memoir the film is based on.
The Battle of Algiers -- One of the most influential political films in history, Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers (La bataille d’Alger) vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s.

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Release Date:
20 September 1967 (USA) See more »
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The French Colonel...who was forced even to torture! One of the many women...who stopped at nothing to win! The Algerian Street Boy...who became a rebel hero! See more »
Plot:
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A savage war of peace. See more (236 total) »

Cast

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Brahim Hadjadj ... Ali La Pointe (as Brahim Haggiag)
Jean Martin ... Col. Mathieu
Yacef Saadi ... Djafar (as Saadi Yacef)
Samia Kerbash ... One of the girls
Ugo Paletti ... Captain
Fusia El Kader ... Halima
Omar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohamed Ben Kassen ... Petit Omar
Michele Kerbash ... Fathia (uncredited)
Franco Morici ... (uncredited)
Tommaso Neri ... Captain (uncredited)
Gene Wesson ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Gillo Pontecorvo 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gillo Pontecorvo 
Franco Solinas 

Produced by
Antonio Musu .... producer
Yacef Saadi .... producer
Fred Baker .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Gillo Pontecorvo 
 
Cinematography by
Marcello Gatti 
 
Film Editing by
Mario Morra 
Mario Serandrei 
 
Production Design by
Sergio Canevari 
 
Set Decoration by
Sergio Canevari 
 
Costume Design by
Giovanni Axerio (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Maurizio Giustini .... key makeup artist
Hamdi Mohamed .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Nour Eddine Brahimi .... production manager
Lakhdar-Toumi Edine .... production supervisor
Abdenour Essed .... production supervisor
Sergio Merolle .... production manager
Rolando Pieri .... production manager
Mohamed Hadj Smaïn .... production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Moussa Haddad .... second assistant director
Giuliano Montaldo .... second unit director
Fernando Morandi .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Tarcisio Diamanti .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alberto Bartolomei .... sound synchronisation
Omar Bouksani .... sound technician
 
Special Effects by
Aldo Gasparri .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Belkacem Bazi .... assistant camera
Nazzareno Belardinelli .... gaffer
Silvano Mancini .... camera operator
Alfredo Marchetti .... key grip
Ali Maroc .... assistant camera
Claudio Racca .... camera operator: second unit
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giovanni Axerio .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Lina Caterini .... second assistant editor
Anna Maria Montanari .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor
 
Other crew
Margherita Autuori .... unit publicist (as Rossetti)
Alfredo Di Santo .... production secretary
Alfredo Di Santo .... script supervisor
Enrico Lucherini .... unit publicist (as Lucherini)
Mario Maestrelli .... administrator
Matteo Spinola .... unit publicist (as Spinola)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La battaglia di Algeri" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
121 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:(Banned) (1965-1971) | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:18 (1970) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1993) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
According to French government figures, there were 236,000 Algerian Muslims serving in the French Army in 1962 (four times more than in the FLN), either in regular units (Spahis and Tirailleurs) or as irregulars (harkis and moghaznis). Some estimates suggest that, with their families, the indigenous Muslim loyalists may have numbered as many as 1 million. They are not portrayed in this film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Ali's first assignment is to assault a police officer. During this, the cop's hat falls to the ground, and the position of the hat changes between cuts.See more »
Quotes:
Col. Mathieu:Interrogation becomes a method when conducted in a manner so as always to obtain a result, or rather an answer. In practice, demonstrating a false humanitarianism only leads to ridiculousness and impotence. I'm certain that all units will understand and react accordingly.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Inglourious Basterds (2009)See more »

FAQ

Is this movie based on a novel?
Who set the first bomb...the French or the Arabs?
Any recommendations for other movies about colonial Africa?
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89 out of 92 people found the following review useful.
A savage war of peace., 21 February 2000
Author: (ryzzard@yahoo.com) from NEW YORK

An historian writing about the Algerian war against the French colonial authorities entitled his book "A Savage War of Peace". "The Battle of Algiers" provides many answers to that enigmatic title. It does not attempt to show us the entire war but centers on the city of Algiers. Even though you are told at the beginning that no documentary footage is used it is at times hard to believe as many of the images you see have a stark and often unsettling reality to them. Considering that this was a co production between Algeria and Italy the film is remarkable in that it does not turn itself a political tirade by taking sides. Instead the camera is a sort of neutral observer allowing us to witness events that spiraled from individual demonstrations to a full scale war of savage intensity. French officers who fought the Nazis a few years before degenerated into the mode of their former enemy while Algerians had no problems exploding bombs that would kill their own people. The camera shows no heros or villains but humanity in its darkest forms. This is a powerful film with superb direction and cinematography. It truly is one of a kind and once seen will never be forgotten.

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