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Z (1969)

M  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  8 December 1969 (USA)
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Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
François Périer ...
Le procureur
Pierre Dux ...
Georges Géret ...
Nick (as Georges Geret)
Bernard Fresson ...
Marcel Bozzuffi ...
Vago (as Marcel Bozzufi)
La soeur de Nick
Habib Reda
Clotilde Joano ...
Shoula (as Clotilde Joanno)


In a mid-sized metropolis (population 500,000) in a right-wing military led country, a pacifist organization, which supports the opposition party in the government, is planning on holding an anti-military, nuclear disarmament rally. The organization's charismatic leader - the deputy - is scheduled to arrive in the town from the capital the day of the rally. Beyond the problems arranging the rally due to the probable incitement of violence at such a rally, the organization learns of an unconfirmed report that there will be an attempt on the deputy's life. The rally does happen, after which a three-wheeled kamikaze runs over the deputy, who eventually passes away from his injuries. The official report is that the incident was a drunken accident. In reality, the deputy's death was murder orchestrated by the secret police, the general for who likens the pacifist organization to mildew killing off agricultural crops. A magistrate is assigned to the case. Although he does have political ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

8 December 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Z - A Orgia do Poder  »

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$10,144 (USA) (13 March 2009)


$83,305 (USA) (11 September 2009)

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The actor playing the doctor got cold feet during his explanation of the x-rays of Z's cranium. A real doctor acting as an extra, volunteered to fill in and finished the scene, his only acting performance on film. See more »


When the Photo-Journalist is interviewing Dumas the Russian in the café, Dumas mentions a paramilitary force. In the English subtitles this is translated as "a paramilitary farce". See more »


Manuel: Always blame the USA, even if you are wrong!
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Crazy Credits

Any resemblance to actual events, to persons living or dead, is not the result of chance. It is DELIBERATE. (Signed by) Jorge Semprún, Costa-Gavras See more »


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Messe Pour le Temps Présent--Psyché Rock
Composed and Performed by Pierre Henry
Courtesy of Philips/PolyGram Records
by arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
© 1967 Philips Classics Productions
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A great film.
15 May 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the best political/muck-wracking films ever made, it set the stage for the great US political films of the 70's. Costa-Garvas at his finest, it's filled with detailed performances and camera work, a memorable score, and breathtaking content. If only they made films like this now, I'd be a happy camper. By the way, it was the first foreign film (French) to be nominated for Best Picture. That should tell you something.......

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