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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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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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Michael Howard - uncorrespondant de la TV américaine
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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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Roy Scheider and Jean-Louis Trintignant also appeared in The Outside Man (1972). See more »

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The Ben Barka affair
20 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

The precedent user found it hard to catch up with a muddled screenplay;it is sure easy to see why: first he saw a digest version (93 min) whereas the French version has a running time of two hours. And the subject deals with an affair which was widely talked about in the French sixties,but which is virtually unknown abroad:Sadiel (Volonte) was inspired by real-life character Ben Barka who was murdered in mysterious circumstances .I was still a child when it happened but I can remember my mother talk about it indignantly.

Yves Boisset is ,par excellence,the French political director.But he was still immature at the time;all the qualities he would display in later works ("RAS" "Dupont-Lajoie" "Allons Enfants" "Espions Lève-Toi" and our French "Paths of gloryesque" "Le Pantalon Rouge" ) are absent here: the tightness,the directness and above all the accessibility.His screenplay looks like a hotchpotch made of all the trendy subjects which were not even those of the Ben Barka era: May 68 and the CRS (the riot police),the guys singing Hare Krishna and more,as the precedent user pointed out.

An international cast does not help ;two American stars were hired:Jean Seberg who was fluent in French and sadly who was to die several years later in mysterious circumstances and Roy Scheider who manages quite well with the French language too.Plus all the who's who of the French actors :Jean -Louis Trintignant,Michel Bouquet,Michel Piccoli,and the politically committed Italian Gian Maria Volonte.But it makes the matters worse: it looks like a stream of stars who do not seem to believe in the parts they are playing.


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