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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:
Possibly, the mother of all political thrillers 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)
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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)
Aspect Ratio:
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:
Many minor roles were played by members of the crew for budgetary and logistical reasons.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:
Manuel:They say a hungry bear won't dance.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
Messe Pour le Temps Présent--Psyché RockSee more »

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Possibly, the mother of all political thrillers, 27 July 2006
Author: barba_george from Athens, Greece

In this film, we find ourselves in a big city in a nameless country, whose political system is royal democracy. However in effect it is under a military regime. At that time, a pacifist politician-doctor-athlete arrives to deliver a speech about disarmament. This does not please the military, who devise a plot to do away with him. The politician is killed and his murder is covered up as an accident. The rest of the film is about the efforts of the Examining Magistrate and a newspaper photographer to uncover the truth.

For those who are up to date with Greek history, the country is Greece, the city is Thessaloniki and the politician is Grigoris Lambrakis. But that is of small importance, since this is a story which could have (and possibly has) happened anywhere at any time in history.

About the film: the cinematography is excellent, even by today's standards. The acting and direction are both top class. But what impressed me the most was the film's editing. After the slow first 15-20 minutes or so, the film picks up a pace which is tight and lightning fast. The dialogue is concise and to the point - the film's last lines, spoken by the Narrator and found in the quotes section of IMDb, never fail to bring tears to my eyes. Finally, the film offers what I consider to be the best film score of all time (but I may be a bit biased on this, since the score is by Mikis Theodorakis, my personal favourite).

This kind of documentary-style film making has been done plenty of times since, especially in political thrillers. But this is what sparked everything up. Watch this film. You'll be rewarded.

My rating: 10/10

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