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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 »
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A few interesting facts and misconceptions about the film.and the true story that it is based upon. See more (79 total) »

Cast

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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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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 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:
Narrator:Concurrently, the military banned long hair on males; mini-skirts; Sophocles; Tolstoy; Euripedes; smashing glasses after drinking toasts; labor strikes; Aristophanes; Ionesco; Sartre; Albee; Pinter; freedom of the press; sociology; Beckett; Dostoyevsky; modern music; popular music; the new mathematics; and the letter "Z", which in ancient Greek means "He is alive!"See more »
Soundtrack:
Messe Pour le Temps Présent--Psyché RockSee more »

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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A few interesting facts and misconceptions about the film.and the true story that it is based upon., 24 August 2006
Author: gletzes from Greece

This is not a review.All that is need to be written about this masterpiece of a film has already been written.

However there are 1-2 things worth mentioning that might interest some folks that are not from Greece: Jean Louis Trintignant's character "The Examining Magistrate" was in reality Christos Sargetakis who became the president of Greece for 5 years(1985-1990).

The film ends with the rise of the military dictatorship and it is suggested that the upposition didn't really capitalise on Lambrakis' assassination.That's not what happened in reality.

In reality the Lambrakis assassination caused the resignation of prime minister Karamanlis(the right wing P.M of Greece at that time) and the triumph of the upposition(something like the democrats in the U.S,the G.Papandreou party,NOT Lambrakis' left wing party) in the elections of 1963 with a whooping 54% which becomes even bigger when taking into account the situation in Greece at that time,with right-wing police controlling everything and manipulating the citizens.

Of course the film was made after the democratic-elected government had fallen and junta had taken over.(in fact the democratic government had fallen 2 years*in 1965* before the junta took over and we had a false semi-democratic government that consisted right wing members of parliament and defected members of the G.Papandreou party)

So in reality the Lambrakis assassination DID make a difference in Greece,if only for 2 years(1963-1965) while on the film nothing changed.I guess with the ultimate rise of the junta that was reigning at the time the film was made it was proper to make the film bleaker than the true events.

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