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State of Siege (1972)

État de siège (original title)
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
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Carlos Ducas
Jacques Weber ...
Hugo
Jean-Luc Bideau ...
Este
Maurice Teynac ...
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Yvette Etiévant ...
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Evangeline Peterson ...
Mrs. Santore
Harald Wolff ...
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Nemesio Antúnez ...
President of the Republic
Mario Montilles ...
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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In 1973 The CIA called it propaganda. See it now.

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Yves Montand's character is based on Dan Mitrione, a government advisor working for the CIA in Latin America and whose fate was similar to the ones portrayed by Montand. 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. The filmmakers probably decided to make this change to avoid confusion with the real Brazilian minister of planning - Roberto Campos. See more »

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Tupamaro militant: [repeated exchange that occurs between the leader and five different militants - men and women, one at a time going inside the bus and sitting next to the leader] I've received the report.
Tupamaro leader: So, you know the situation. This is not a personal problem. It was never that. It's a political problem. Yes or no?
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Featured in Costa Gavras and Peter Cowie on 'State of Siege' (2015) See more »

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Fantasia in G minor, BWV 542 ('Great')
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Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played by the organ at the end of the funeral near the end of the movie.
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A Testimony of the History of Latin America in the 70's
20 October 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the early 70's, in Uruguay, the revolutionary group Tupamaro kidnaps an American trainer of torture and the Brazilian consul, and through the interrogation of the abducted American, the big picture of Uruguay (and other Latin America countries) is reported.

"État de Siege" is a testimony of the history of Latin America in the 70's, during my childhood and adolescence. All the democratic governments elected by people were discharged through coup d'état by military dictatorships supported by the American government, the police and military forces trained in tortures by American advisors, student and union leaderships destroyed and revolutionary groups unsuccessfully fighting against the dictatorial regime. The fantastic director Costa Gravas exposes this serious wound in Latin America and this denunciation shall never be forgotten by the next generations. This movie remains amazingly real and important, sometimes recalling a documentary. Only this month this film was released on DVD in Brazil, and it is a worthwhile investment. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): 'Estado de Sítio" ("State of Siege")


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