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The Nada Gang (1974)
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A group of anarchist leftist called "Nada" and led by the terrorist Buenaventura Diaz abducts the American ambassador Richard Poindexter in a brothel in Paris and brings him to a farm in ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Buenaventura Diaz
Michel Duchaussoy ...
Marcel Treuffais
Maurice Garrel ...
André Épaulard
Didier Kaminka ...
André Falcon ...
Le ministre / The Minister
François Perrot
Lyle Joyce ...
Richard Poindexter
Viviane Romance ...
Madame Gabrielle
Veronique Cash
Henri Attal
Jean-Marie Arnoux
George Birt
François Cadet


A group of anarchist leftist called "Nada" and led by the terrorist Buenaventura Diaz abducts the American ambassador Richard Poindexter in a brothel in Paris and brings him to a farm in the countryside. The French Minister gives a blank cheque to the violent chief of police Goemond that is assigned to destroy the kidnappers. Then the Minister makes him the scapegoat of the messy situation to protect the State. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They Were All Rotten to the Core!




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6 February 1974 (France)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Buenaventura Diaz: Shit! Long live death!
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Featured in The Son of Gascogne (1995) See more »

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Fast moving, darkly amusing
30 June 2005 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

A thriller with serious intentions but also with a fast pace and a comic/ironic view of all its characters motivations. The ideas behind the brutal police and the brutal kidnappers are dead serious, but Chabrol shows each side to be rather absurd and many scenes have some odd or funny pay off moment. The main policeman lounges like a goof ball in a chair while they torture a suspect. During the kidnapping one of the kidnappers knocks out a completely naked hooker and at the end of the scene comes back into the room to cover her pubic hair. The dialog is filled with comedic twists throughout. These Little things let us know that these deadly doings are, well silly. If it wasn't that people get killed doing them these people would be laugh out loud funny. That's the point of the tone of the film. It's an additional layer of damnation that most dead serious thrillers forget. The violence in the film is bloody and the message about politics being against all of us and ready to betray anyone, especially if you resort to killing your fellow man is important today. This is one of Chabrol's best films, he makes good use of helicopter views of the assault on the hideout at the end of the film. A well cast film with many parts, but you never get confused as to who is who. There aren't many films that have tried or achieved this combination of elements, one that does come to mind is the excellent TV movie THE DAY REGAN WAS SHOT.

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