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The Assassination (1972)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
François Darien - un intellectuel instable
Le colonel kassar - le ministre de l'intérieur d'un pays du maghreb
Edith Lemoine - une infirmière gauchiste
Sadiel - un leader progresste maghrebin
Maïtre Lempereur - un avocat corrompu
Maître Michel Vigneau - l'avocat de Sadiel
Daniel Ivernel ...
Antoine Acconetti - un truand
Pierre Garcin - le responsable de l'information à l'ORTF
François Périer ...
Le commissaire René Rouannat - un flic honnête
Lestienne - le chef des services secrets français
Un policier français haut placé qui couvre l'affaire
Denis Manuel ...
Azam - un étudiant maghrebin
Marc Mazza
Jacques Richard


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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4 October 1972 (Italy)  »

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Although the producers and director received all the authorizations to shoot this movie, the police force did everything to jeopardize the takes. See more »

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The French Conspiracy
18 November 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Perhaps it's because the version of this film I saw was only 93 minutes and dubbed into English, but this French/Italian/German spy thriller is doomed by a screenplay and a director that never clarifies the parties concerned. Whilst references are made to Algeria, the Black Panthers, Communists, students, French police and Secret Service, the CIA, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Vietnam, and even the Gestapo, since the political allegiances are obtuse, it's hard to care about a kidnapping or a protagonist on the run.

Roy Scheider's presence is presumably for the American market, and though he has what amounts to a cameo, he at least appears to be speaking in his own voice - even with bad lip-synching. A brunette and dubbed Jean Seberg has more screen time. She even gets a tender moment with an extreme close-up, but her role remains thankless, for the most part, and she isn't particularly good in what she has to do.

The only suggestion of humor in the whole treatment is the convenient appearance of a tram and a bus to rescue Jean-Louis Trintignant from two different chases.

Director Yves Boisset stages a riot with convincing mob pandemonium, and presents a tracking shot of a wall of phone tappers. There are two good edits - one from flying wild birds to pellet shooting, and the other from Scheider on the phone saying "Of course I'm not going to tell anyone" to the conversation being tapped. The discordant music of Ennio Morricone is a good addition to the chase scenes, however a stabbing uses orange colored blood, and the New Year's Eve setting is never exploited.

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