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Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.

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Costa-Gavras

Writers:

Vasilis Vasilikos (novel) (as Vassili Vassilikos), Jorge Semprún (dialogue) (as Jorge Semprun)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yves Montand ... Z
Irene Papas ... Hélène (as Irène Papas)
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Le juge d'instruction
François Périer ... Le procureur
Jacques Perrin ... Le photojournaliste
Charles Denner ... Manuel
Pierre Dux ... Le général de gendarmerie Missou
Georges Géret ... Nick
Bernard Fresson ... Matt
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Vago (as Marcel Bozzufi)
Julien Guiomar ... Le colonel de gendarmerie
Magali Noël ... La soeur de Nick
Renato Salvatori ... Yago
Habib Reda Habib Reda
Clotilde Joano ... Shoula (as Clotilde Joanno)
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Storyline

In a military-led country, a pacifist organization, which supports the opposition party in the government, is planning on holding an anti-military rally. The organization's leader is scheduled to arrive the day of the rally. During the rally, a kamikaze attack kills the deputy. The official report is that the incident was an accident. In reality, the deputy's death was murder orchestrated by the secret police, Thrown into the mix is a photojournalist who's looking for the truth. Written by Huggo

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Country:

France | Algeria

Language:

French | Russian | English

Release Date:

8 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Z See more »

Filming Locations:

Algeria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,144, 15 March 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$83,305, 13 September 2009
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The first film to be nominated by the Academy for Best Film and Best Foreign Language Film. See more »

Goofs

When the Photo-Journalist is interviewing Dumas the Russian in the café, Dumas mentions a paramilitary force. In the English subtitles this is translated as "a paramilitary farce". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Deputy Minister of Agriculture: Mildew is prevented by spraying the vines with a solution of copper sulfate. There are two standard remedies: Bordeaux mixture and Burgundy mixture - named after the French provinces famous for its wines. The vines are sprayed three times a year: first when the shoots are about five inches long; second, just before or after the blossoms appear; and the third time, a month later. Spraying is preventative and thus essential
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Crazy Credits

Mikis Theodorakis (the film's composer) having been deported, the orchestration is by Bernard Gérard. See more »

Connections

Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

To Yelasto Pedi (Life Goes On)
(Orchestra Version)
Composed by Mikis Theodorakis
Arranged By, Conducted by Bernard Gérard
Published By April Music
(p) CBS Records / Columbia
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The most important political film in Greece
13 July 1999 | by AngeneerSee all my reviews

First and foremost, it is a true story. It's the story of the assassination of Grigoris Lambrakis, that eventually led to the military junta. Every time I see it, it gives me the chills. Since Z was released while the junta was still in power, it was banned in Greece for several years. After the fall of the military junta, Z was worshiped, although we saw it on TV much later in order to avoid stirring passions. In terms of the plot, if you're not Greek, it's quite possible you might be left with many unanswered questions, but, in general, it is an accurate description of Greece during that era.

While Vassilikos' novel (written in 1966) has driven him to exile from 1967, Theodorakis was still in Greece under surveillance and managed to write his excellent score secretly.

Costa-Gavras gives us a top-class fast paced direction which hasn't aged even today, although I'm sure the Oscar was as much a political decision as a purely artistic one. What is truly spot-on is the casting. Both Montand and Trintignant excel, but even minor roles like Vago and Yago are portrayed in an extremely realistic way. My small objection would be Irene Papas staying near-silent throughout the movie. Although her talent allows her to pull it off with class, I really didn't understand why she was not supposed to talk.


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