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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 9 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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learn from the history it conveys 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)
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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
 
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)
 
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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 | 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:There are 80,000 Arabs in the Kasbah. Are they all against us? We know they're not. In reality, it's only a small minority that dominates with terror and violence. This minority is our adversary and we must isolate and destroy it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mel and His Movies (2013) (V)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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48 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
learn from the history it conveys, 9 May 2005
Author: from United States

If one has not seen this film, one cannot begin to imagine Pontecorvo's extraordinary achievement. The acting is so natural and convincing that many viewers and even some critics assumed that the movie was a documentary. Only a master director could have taken this raw acting material and gotten such performances out of it. And despite his leftist viewpoint, Pontecorvo neither ridicules or demonizes the French, as does Michael Moore the Americans in his recent putative documentaries Bowling at Columbine and Farenheit 9-11 -– though I do a disservice to Pontecorvo to compare his work to that of Moore.

See this movie now that it has been released on DVD in the United States and learn from the history it so brilliantly conveys.

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