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The Battle of Algiers -- One of the most influential political films in history, The Battle of Algiers, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s.

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.

An exclusive interview with Director Gillo Pontecorvo
Interview with Producer & protagonist SAADI YACEF, head of FLN guerrillas
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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Franco Solinas (written by)
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Release Date:
20 September 1967 (USA) See more »
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 »
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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohamed Ben Kassen ... Petit Omar
Michele Kerbash ... Fathia (uncredited)
Franco Moruzzi ... (uncredited)
Tommaso Neri ... Captain (uncredited)
Gene Wesson ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Gillo Pontecorvo 
Writing credits
Franco Solinas (written by)

Franco Solinas (story) (as F. Solinas) and
Gillo Pontecorvo (story) (as G. Pontecorvo)

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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Also Known As:
"La battaglia di Algeri" - Italy (original title)
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121 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:(Banned) (1965-1971) | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) (2001) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (1966) | 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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Did You Know?

Although the mass scenes look spontaneous, it took quite some planning to make them look that way. Director Gillo Pontecorvo would often draw chalk lines on the ground, dividing the mass in separate groups which had to start walking on cue in order to get proper crowd movement. He also used multiple cameras at a time and used footage from different angles to create the impression that crowds were much larger than they were in reality.See more »
Continuity: The foot responsible for tripping Ali when running down the street changes from the right to the left foot between cuts.See more »
Col. Mathieu:The word "torture" doesn't appear in our orders. We've always spoken of interrogation as the only valid method in a police operation directed against unknown enemies. As for the NLF, they request that their members, in the event of capture, should maintain silence for twenty-four hours...See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Remembering History (2005) (V)See more »


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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62 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
Excellent movie, 11 August 1999
Author: Sigmund ( from Roma, IT

I ask myself why we never see these kind of movies on TV, instead of airing again and again the same old lethal weapons, jurassic parks, and other similar stuff? This is real cinema, this is why it is considered a form of art!

With the metaphysical crudeness of black and white, the dramatical facts of the Algerian rebellion against the French are accounted. The movie has the realistic appearance of a chronicle. And there are tons of intellectual honesty, too. I mean that there are no white hats VS black hats. You can see terrorists troubled as they are about to leave a bomb in a cafe. Policemen who struggle to save an arabian child from being killed by outraged crowd. Most of all, I like the frank words of Colonel Mathieu about the "bad methods" he's using during interrogations... Watch the movie and you will know.

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