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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:
One of the few, however great, films concerning a dark period of Greek history 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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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 producers of the film refused the Golden Globe award given for Best Foreign Language Film because they expected to receive a nomination as Best Motion Picture - Drama. As of 2014, it remains the only film to do so. (Source: Hollywood Foreign Press Association).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 La saga Pignon (2001) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Messe Pour le Temps Présent--Psyché RockSee more »

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71 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
One of the few, however great, films concerning a dark period of Greek history, 23 July 2001
Author: Kostas from Crete

The film '' Z '' is based upon the same-titled book written by Vassilikos and referring to a real-life event: the assassination of one of the most honorable Greek politicians ( his real name was Grigoris Lambrakis ), who sacrificed his life in the name of peace and human dignity. Costas Gavras did his best to present the prevailing atmosphere and the political situation in Greece ( although Greece is at no point straightly mentioned, but implied ) during May of the year 1963, which is the year when the real events took place. Choosing an adventurous, thrilling or hilarious style according to the facts and scenes presenting at each part of the story, he made an '' all time interesting and provocative '' film. Great acting was also put in by everybody and particularly by Jean-Louis Trintignant, who was great as the Examining Magistrate. As long as the script is concerned, the plot builds up very satisfactorily and carefully, thus not leaving any holes. Great respect should also be paid to Mikis Theodorakis who wrote the original score for the movie, helping it gain the marvelous rythm it retained right until the very end of it. As a concluding remark I would like to mention that anybody who's interested in late Greek history ( from post World War II era to date ) should watch it carefully. The whole result is very rewarding.

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