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The Assassination (1972)

L'attentat (original title)
Sadiel, rebel leader in a North African state, takes refuge in Switzerland in the aftermath of a coup. Aware of the threat posed by Sadiel, the ruthless Colonel Kassar contacts the French ... See full summary »

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François Darien - un intellectuel instable
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Le colonel kassar - le ministre de l'intérieur d'un pays du maghreb
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Edith Lemoine - une infirmière gauchiste
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Sadiel - un leader progresste maghrebin
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Maïtre Lempereur - un avocat corrompu
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Maître Michel Vigneau - l'avocat de Sadiel
Daniel Ivernel ...
Antoine Acconetti - un truand
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Pierre Garcin - le responsable de l'information à l'ORTF
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Le commissaire René Rouannat - un flic honnête
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Jacques François ...
Lestienne - le chef des services secrets français
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Un policier français haut placé qui couvre l'affaire
Denis Manuel ...
Azam - un étudiant maghrebin
Marc Mazza
Jacques Richard
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Sadiel, rebel leader in a North African state, takes refuge in Switzerland in the aftermath of a coup. Aware of the threat posed by Sadiel, the ruthless Colonel Kassar contacts the French security services to help in capturing the political activist. A police informer, Darien, is forced to lure Sadiel to Paris, allegedly to make a television coverage about the Third World. Arriving in Paris, Sadiel is captured and delivered to his opponents. Disgusted by the way he has been manipulated, Darien tries to turn back the clock, unknowing who's dealing with. Written by Anonymous

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Tense plot but loose execution
9 March 2013 | by (Paris, Fr) – See all my reviews

Basically the script was good material but not challenged enough by a young Yves Boisset, who could actually feel overwhelmed/content with the dream team he had to work with.

First the hero is too much of a negative schmuck. It would have changed absolutely nothing in the plot to rewrite this character as a little more of a good guy with dark undertones. It is fine to have the big shots disparage him as an inconsistent loser but, movie-wise, it is better to have a slightly too idealistic a character than a downright bitter failed writer.

Then the other characters are quite good, but they lack one good scene, one devastating line to nail the storyline. As such L'Attentat feels more like the pedestrian telling of a politically-charged story where they have cameos. Too bad to have such a cast, comprising J-L Trintignant, M. Piccoli, Ph. Noiret, Gian Maria Volonte, J. Bouise, B. Cremer, Jean Seberg and Roy Sheider, only to have them gently speaking their lines, without their inner genius ever surfacing from it all.

In the end, this early 70s conspiracy flick fails where most movies in the genre will succeed: here lie too many visible parts of the conspiracy, the chain of command is too obvious, and thus it lacks the sense of fatality of one fine guy pitted against obscure and unassailable forces.


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