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State of Siege (1972)
"État de siège" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  8 February 1973 (France)
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In Uruguay in the early 1970s, an official of the US Agency for International Development (a group used as a front for training foreign police in counterinsurgency methods) is kidnapped by ... See full summary »

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Philip Michael Santore
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Captain Lopez
O.E. Hasse ...
Carlos Ducas
Jacques Weber ...
Hugo
Jean-Luc Bideau ...
Este
Maurice Teynac ...
Minister of Internal Security
Yvette Etiévant ...
Woman Senator
Evangeline Peterson ...
Mrs. Santore
Harald Wolff ...
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Nemesio Antúnez ...
President of the Republic
Mario Montilles ...
Assistant Commissioner Fontant
André Falcon ...
Deputy Fabbri
Jerry Brouer ...
Anthony Lee
Roberto Navarrete ...
Commissioner Romero
Douglas Harris ...
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In Uruguay in the early 1970s, an official of the US Agency for International Development (a group used as a front for training foreign police in counterinsurgency methods) is kidnapped by a group of urban guerillas. Using his interrogation as a backdrop, the film explores the often brutal consequences of the struggle between Uruguay's government and the leftist Tupamaro guerillas. Written by Erich Schneider <erich@alumni.caltech.edu>

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Unlike its predecessors, this film is one of the lesser known films of Gavras. See more »

Goofs

The name of the Brazilian Ambassador in Uruguay is Fernando Campos (the name is revealed throughout the film). But in the beginning of the film right before his kidnap his name appears on a sign at his house as Roberto Campos. See more »

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A great film!
18 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree that this film should be released on DVD. It is a great companion piece to Z and Missing.

Costa-Gavros managed to produce a stinging indictment of US involvement in South American politics, without drawing his villains as caricatures. His characters, policemen and revolutionaries, come off as profoundly human, flawed but not themselves monsters, though they are involved in monstrous acts. The torture scenes are grueling, and were probably as responsible for the film's official reception.

I saw this at the age of 15, when it was in the theaters. I confused it with the Eric Ambler novel of the same name. It had a profound personal influence on me. I was able to rent it once, about 15 years ago but haven't run across it since.


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