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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 -- 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.
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 »
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(137 articles)
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Should be mandatory viewing for every American See more (243 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 Moruzzi ... (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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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 (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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Trivia:
The only film in Oscar history to be a nominee in two separate non-consecutive years. It was a foreign film nominee for 1966, and then a nominee for screenplay and direction for 1968.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: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:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)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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173 out of 203 people found the following review useful.
Should be mandatory viewing for every American, 30 January 2004
Author: Tony43 from Los Angeles

"Battle of Algiers" is simply one of the greatest films every made. If film making can be about truth as well as fantasy, then a movie that includes a title card telling viewers that there is not one foot of documentary or newsreel footage in it must deserve viewing.

"Battle of Algiers" contains scenes that seem so real, you suspect that they couldn't have been staged. When three Algerian women come down from the Casbah to plant bombs in the French quarter of the city, you can almost cut the tension with a knife. When the bombs go off, you think they must have been real bombs. And when you see the devastation they leave in their wake, you cannot fail to be moved. The massive rebellion in the streets at the end of the film also seems so real, you sit wondering how many extras must have been injured filming those scenes.

"Battle of Algiers" combines brilliant photography, crisp direction, an intriguing plot and some very fine acting. Throw in a terrific music score, splendid editing, impressive special effects and the best example ever of docudrama style production and you have a masterpiece of film making.

But film making is not nearly as important as human life and no film in general release today says more about America's current involvement in the middle east and many other parts of the world than this picture about the French in Algeria, made more than three decades ago.

Every American should view this film, then think about our current occupation of Iraq.

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