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Z -- A prominent politician and doctor's public murder amid a violent demonstration is covered up by military and government officials. A tenacious magistrate is determined not to let them get away with it.

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Release Date:
8 December 1969 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
stunning political drama See more (79 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Yves Montand ... Z

Irene Papas ... Hélène

Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Le juge d'instruction

Jacques Perrin ... Le photojournaliste

Charles Denner ... Manuel
François Périer ... Le procureur
Pierre Dux ... Le général de gendarmerie
Georges Géret ... Nick (as Georges Geret)
Bernard Fresson ... Matt
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Vago (as Marcel Bozzufi)
Julien Guiomar ... Le colonel de gendarmerie

Magali Noël ... La soeur de Nick

Renato Salvatori ... Yago
Habib Reda
Clotilde Joano ... Shoula (as Clotilde Joanno)
Maurice Baquet ... Le maçon héroïque
Sid Ahmed Agoumi
Allel El Mouhib
Hassan Hassani ... Le chauffeur du général
Gérard Darrieu ... Barone
Jean Bouise ... Georges Pirou
Jean-Pierre Miquel ... Pierre - un avocat
Van Doude ... Le directeur de l'hôpital
Jean Dasté ... Ilya Coste (as Jean Daste)
Jean-François Gobbi ... Jimmy, le boxeur
Guy Mairesse ... Dumas dit le Russe
Andrée Tainsy ... La mère de Nick
Eva Simonet ... Niki, la fille du procureur
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
François Chaumette ... (voice)
José Artur ... Le rédacteur en chef du journal (uncredited)
Nadine Barbier ... Jeune fille achetant des figues (uncredited)
Raoul Coutard ... Le chirurgien anglais (uncredited)
Bob de Bragelonne ... Le sous-secrétaire d'Etat (uncredited)
Steve Gadler ... Le photographe anglais (uncredited)
Gabriel Jabbour ... Bozzini (uncredited)
Georges Rouquier ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Costa-Gavras 
 
Writing credits
Vasilis Vasilikos (novel) (as Vassili Vassilikos)

Jorge Semprún (writer)

Ben Barzman  uncredited
Costa-Gavras  uncredited

Produced by
Philippe d'Argila .... associate producer
Jacques Perrin .... delegate producer
Ahmed Rachedi .... delegate producer
Eric Schlumberger .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Mikis Theodorakis 
 
Cinematography by
Raoul Coutard 
 
Film Editing by
Françoise Bonnot 
 
Production Design by
Jacques D'Ovidio 
 
Set Decoration by
Jacques D'Ovidio 
 
Costume Design by
Piet Bolscher  (as Piet Bolsher)
 
Production Management
Mourad Bouchouchi .... production manager
Mohamed Ouled Moussa .... production manager
Hubert Mérial .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ghaouti Bendedouche .... assistant director
Philippe Monnier .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Iahemzizou Nour Eddine .... assistant set decorator
 
Sound Department
Marie-Thérèse Boiché .... assistant sound editor
Michèle Boëhm .... sound editor
Sidi Boumedienne Dahmane .... sound engineer
Lionel de Souza .... sound recordist
Jean Nény .... sound engineer (as Jean Neny)
Alexandre Popovic .... sound recordist
Alex Pront .... sound engineer
 
Stunts
Yvan Chiffre .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean Garcenot .... camera operator (as Jean Garcennot)
Taibi Lamouri .... camera operator
Georges Liron .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Bernard Gérard .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Lionel de Souza .... stage manager
Annie Maurel .... script girl
Alexandre Popovic .... stage manager
Jacques Monod .... dubbing voice: Le procureur général (uncredited)
William Sabatier .... dubbing voice: Yago (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
127 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 (PG-13) | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 (re rating) | Spain:(Banned) (1969 - 1976) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (1994) | UK:A (1969) | USA:PG | USA:M (original rating) | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
The actors falling off the truck had to do their own stunts as the low budget would not allow for a stuntman.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: After Georges Géret as Nick is hit on the front of the head, he holds the back of it.See more »
Quotes:
The General:Dreyfus was guilty!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Messe Pour le Temps Présent--Psyché RockSee more »

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63 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
stunning political drama, 21 May 2005
Author: mark worrell (nuntukamen@hotmail.com) from naples, florida

Having seen this at the Art Theatre in Akron, Ohio, upon its first American release, this film was a forcefully stunning, face slapping wake up call to keep a vigilant eye on most politicians because they are controlled only by the constraints we present and confine them with. Grown men left the theater with tears pouring down their cheeks not only because of the great performances and story, but because these were the Nixon years, and the film made us realize we were only a pen stroke away from the horror of losing freedom and democracy here in the United States. No country is safe, and it could be argued in areas of Florida today that, even though we preserved our nation and eliminated Nixon, it was a Pyrhic victory, a temporary victory, and our democracy and how it is supposed to ethically work was left disheveled and browbeaten in the end, anyway. One thing is for certain; the rats are in the cupboard now. And this film hits all the right buttons; great music, acting, an avant garde documentary style of filming that was sensational in its time and still is good today, but so many people have copied it, it seems to lack originality since we are so accepting now of something that was novel at the time...but this is the real thing that started it all. A film that should be in everyone's home and shown to every civic class in America.

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