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Le piège américain (2008)

One of the greatest conspiracies of all time, and one lone man is trying to uncover it.

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Paul Mondolini
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Maurice Bishop
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Jeffrey Cohen
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DEA Agent Thompson
Dino Tavarone ...
Jeff Boudreault ...
Michael Caron
Denis Gravereaux ...
Michael Victor Mertz
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James Bradford ...
John L. McClellan
Manuel Tadros ...
Joseph Valachi (as Manuel Tardis)
Philip Riccio ...
Sean Brison ...
Edward James Whalen
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It is the mid-1960s. The Cold War is raging. The world is still reeling from the assassination of JFK - but has yet to lose his kid brother Bobby. In the midst of all this, a reluctant hero by the name of Lucien Rivard becomes enmeshed in a web of global political intrigue and corruption. The United States, Russia and France are embroiled in a strategic battle over Third World natural resources. To keep the upper hand, each of their secret services has joined forces with various organized crime factions. Lucien is the go-between, travelling to the casinos of Havana, the night clubs of Dallas, the seedy heroin labs of Marseille, the tropical jungles of Indonesia and the urban jungles of New Orleans and Montreal. As tensions heat up, he becomes a secret weapon for a black ops organization over which he has no control - and an unwitting protagonist as a tragic chain of events begins to unfold before his very eyes. Written by Anonymous

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In the mid 1960's, Lucien Rivard, a professional criminal and unlikely hero becomes enmeshed in a global conspiracy to assassinate JFK. See more »

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16 May 2008 (Canada)  »

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The American Trap  »

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At last, a good Canadian film...
30 January 2010 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

It's a little hard to follow unless you lived through the era. It may even be bit of a stretch linking the Canadian mafia to the JFK assassination. But this is a brilliant film nonetheless. It's a shame that so few people have seen it, judging from the number of hits on the site. There is a brilliant blending of historical news footage and the movie scenes. The film recaptures the "feel" of the fifties and sixties. Much of it is shot in in very harsh and contrasty colour. I don't know why it works, but it does. The cinematography with contrasty lighting and unconventional angles adds to the underlying tension of the script. Colm Feore, brilliant in everything from Trudeau to Hamlet, impresses me yet again by acting here in both English and French. Indeed the bilingual technique in the film breaks down the language barrier that so often separates Quebec cinema from the rest of the country.


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