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A Bomb for a Dictator (1957)

Les fanatiques (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | February 1963 (USA)
A revolution breaks out in a South American country while its cruel dictator is on a trip to France. The rebels have made careful plans to blow up the dictator's private plane as he returns... See full summary »

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Alex Joffé
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Fresnay ... Luis Vargas
Michel Auclair ... Franco Géron
Françoise Fabian ... Mme. Lambert
Betty Schneider ... Lili
Véronique Deschamps Véronique Deschamps
René Alone René Alone
Jean Chapot Jean Chapot
Geneviève Antonelli Geneviève Antonelli
Luce Aubertin Luce Aubertin
Georges Debret Georges Debret
André Bonnardel André Bonnardel ... (as Bonnardel)
François Marié François Marié
Pierre Cosson Pierre Cosson
Bernard Privat Bernard Privat
Armand Tabuteau Armand Tabuteau
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A revolution breaks out in a South American country while its cruel dictator is on a trip to France. The rebels have made careful plans to blow up the dictator's private plane as he returns, but at the last second he changes plans and travels on a commercial flight. The rebels then must make a difficult decision: they must either blow up a flight filled with innocent passengers, or else allow the dictator to return home and take brutal reprisals against the leaders of the uprising. Written by Snow Leopard

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The step by step assassination plot that will hold you spellbound! See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

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February 1963 (USA) See more »

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A Bomb for a Dictator See more »

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Mono
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Fair B-Thriller
13 December 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

While hardly anything special, this is not too bad for a low-budget thriller. The plot is rather simple, but it gets enough out of the material to fill the running time without a lot of padding. The two leads (Pierre Fresnay and Michel Auclair) are solid enough.

The story starts with Fresnay and Auclair as two South American rebels who face some very difficult decisions in their struggle against their country's brutish dictator. The two leads are not especially sympathetic in any respect, and the rest of the characters are also too plain for it to get the most out of the suspense that it builds up. The production has no glaring weaknesses (aside from a couple of noticeably implausible developments), but it also has no significant strengths.

Yet it does deliver some real suspense for a time, and that is all that it tried to do. There were many similar movies made in subsequent eras, and even some of the ones with much bigger budgets did not really create that much more suspense than this one did.


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