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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:
The most important political film in Greece 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)
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)
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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:
Tied with the Fritz Lang movie M (1931) for the record for shortest movie title ever. This happens only in English countries because around the world it is known as the only shortest title of a movie mainly because 'M', in many other countries was released with the subtitle of 'The Vampire of Dusseldorf', while 'Z' didn't receive any kind of subtitles. Holds the record for the movie with the shortest title to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.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 »
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Soundtrack:
Messe Pour le Temps Présent--Psyché RockSee more »

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68 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
The most important political film in Greece, 13 July 1999
Author: Angeneer from Athens, Greece

First and foremost, it is a true story. It's the story of the assassination of Grigoris Lambrakis, that eventually led to the military junta. Every time I see it, it gives me the chills. Since Z was released while the junta was still in power, it was banned in Greece for several years. After the fall of the military junta, Z was worshiped, although we saw it on TV much later in order to avoid stirring passions. In terms of the plot, if you're not Greek, it's quite possible you might be left with many unanswered questions, but, in general, it is an accurate description of Greece during that era.

While Vassilikos' novel (written in 1966) has driven him to exile from 1967, Theodorakis was still in Greece under surveillance and managed to write his excellent score secretly.

Costa-Gavras gives us a top-class fast paced direction which hasn't aged even today, although I'm sure the Oscar was as much a political decision as a purely artistic one. What is truly spot-on is the casting. Both Montand and Trintignant excel, but even minor roles like Vago and Yago are portrayed in an extremely realistic way. My small objection would be Irene Papas staying near-silent throughout the movie. Although her talent allows her to pull it off with class, I really didn't understand why she was not supposed to talk.

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