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I... comme Icare (1979)

Conspiracy thriller inspired by the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of JFK. After a fictional president is assassinated, a determined, tough prosecutor investigates the emerging conspiracy behind it.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Le procureur Henri Volney
Michel Albertini ...
Luigi Lacosta
Roland Amstutz ...
Pierre Gregory
Jean-Pierre Bagot ...
Michaël Mix
Georges Beller ...
Sam Kido
Robert Sanio, l'homme à la caméra
Edmond Bernard ...
Le présentateur TV
Françoise Bette ...
Jane Bellony
Roland Blanche ...
Garcia Santos
Benoît Brione ...
Le reporter au bobino (as Benoist Brione)
Jacques Brylant ...
Nicolas Rosenko (as Jacques Bryland)
Gabriel Cattand ...
Le président Marc Jarry
Nanette Corey
Jacques Denis ...
Despaul, le cobaye
Erick Desmarestz ...
Bob Dagan


After the recently re-elected President of a fictitious state has been assassinated, one of the members of the investigation committee refuses to sign the final report and is given the task of investigating once more. In the course of his search he finds evidence that casts serious doubt on the committee's "lone-gunman" theory... A very bold film that basically told the "JFK" story thinly disguised as having taken place not in the US. Written by B. v. Weymarn <se6y047@public.uni-hamburg.de>

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Release Date:

19 December 1979 (France)  »

Also Known As:

'I' als in Icaros  »

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The lab scenes describing "obedience to authority" experiments are based on real-life research conducted by famous psychologist Stanley Milgram in 1963 at Yale University. See more »


The amateur video sold to Procureur Henry Volney was shot using at least 2 cameras : one for the wide shot of the car in the crowd, and one for a closer shot, at a different angle, of the president being killed. See more »


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A brilliant, unique thriller about assassination and manipulation
1 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

First time I saw this movie was in the eighties, but reviewed now this thriller is still actual. Some newer movies focus on similar topics, but they do not match this french milestone.

A president - obviously JF Kennedy - gets shot in an open car during a public appearance. The resulting huge investigation finds the "Lee Harvey Oswald" figure of this movie guilty, but one member of the jury insists in further inquiry. He reveals some surprising evidence ...

Unlike Oliver Stone's JFK - a movie with the same plot - this one does not play with emotions, but concentrates in a exciting description of a conspiracy and how everything fits together, drawing a new picture of the assassination. Even a real psychological experiment is used for this explanation of the crime scene. Compared to JFK this movie is more reasonable, intelligent and thrilling. Parts of the plot can be found in a lot of newer movies, I had a kind of deja vu sometimes sitting in the cinema.

"I... comme Icare" is a "must see". Its unique and brilliant, and the music by Ennio Morricone is wonderful. This movie deserves a very good ranking, if it was a Hollywood production it would be famous for sure.

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