A French resistance group liberates some prisoners from the German. Could one of the prisoners be a spy?




Jean-Pierre Chabrol (novel), Costa-Gavras (adaptation)
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Credited cast:
Charles Vanel ... Passevin
Bruno Cremer ... Cazal
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Jean
Michel Piccoli ... The Extra Man
Gérard Blain ... Thomas
Claude Brasseur ... Groubec
Jacques Perrin ... Kerk
François Périer ... Moujon
Claude Brosset Claude Brosset ... Ouf
Pierre Clémenti ... Le milicien
Michel Creton Michel Creton ... Solin
Paolo Fratini Paolo Fratini ... Philippe
Julie Dassin Julie Dassin ... Jeanne
Nino Segurini Nino Segurini ... Paco
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
René Alone René Alone ... Le médecin


A French resistance group liberates some prisoners from the German. Could one of the prisoners be a spy?

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It Starts With a Surprise...And Ends With a Shock! See more »


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Was restored by Lumières Numériques for image L.E. Diapason for sound and digitized by KG Productions in 2016 from the original magnetic band and 35mm negatives, under the supervision of director Costa-Gavras. Prior to this restoration, the film had never been available on home video. See more »


La Chanson du Maçon
Music by Henri Betti
Lyrics by Maurice Chevalier and Maurice Vandair
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Un homme de trop
22 March 2017 | by jamesAQSee all my reviews

The writer of the IMDb intro obviously did not watch the movie, as the enigmatic "homme de trop" played wonderfully by Michel Piccoli is not an enemy agent. And why is it labelled here as "shock troops" - an irrelevant title? This marvellous action movie has recently (march 2017) been screened in a restored version on French-German TV channel ARTE. Costa Gavras knows how to buld excitement and the editing is slick. A lot of resources must have gone into the movie which was an Italian-French co-production. The concluding battle with German forces features tanks, aircraft and hundreds of infantry - all very impressive. The closing shot was filmed at the impressive Viaduc de Garabit in the south of France which has been used in several other movies.

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September 1968 (USA) See more »

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