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State of Siege (1972)

État de siège (original title)
Using the interrogation of a US counterinsurgency agent as a backdrop, the film explores the consequences of the struggle between Uruguay's government and the leftist Tupamaro guerrillas.

Director:

Costa-Gavras

Writers:

Franco Solinas, Costa-Gavras (original scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yves Montand ... Philip Michael Santore
Renato Salvatori ... Captain Lopez
O.E. Hasse ... Carlos Ducas
Jacques Weber ... Hugo
Jean-Luc Bideau ... Este
Maurice Teynac Maurice Teynac ... Minister of Internal Security
Yvette Etiévant ... Woman Senator
Evangeline Peterson Evangeline Peterson ... Mrs. Santore
Harald Wolff Harald Wolff ... Minister of Foreign Affairs
Nemesio Antúnez Nemesio Antúnez ... President of the Republic
Mario Montilles Mario Montilles ... Assistant Commissioner Fontant
André Falcon André Falcon ... Deputy Fabbri
Jerry Brouer Jerry Brouer ... Anthony Lee
Roberto Navarrete Roberto Navarrete ... Commissioner Romero
Douglas Harris ... A.I.D. Director
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Storyline

In Uruguay in the early 1970s, an official of the US Agency for International Development (a group used as a front for training foreign police in counterinsurgency methods) is kidnapped by a group of urban guerillas. Using his interrogation as a backdrop, the film explores the often brutal consequences of the struggle between Uruguay's government and the leftist Tupamaro guerillas. Written by Erich Schneider <erich@alumni.caltech.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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From the team that made "Z" See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | Italy | West Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 February 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

State of Siege See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was going to be the first movie shown in the new John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. It was cancelled because the plot of the movie was judged to be inappropriate. This caused a big controversy. A Washington D.C. television station took advantage of the controversy by acquiring the broadcast rights to the film and showing it uncut after running a big advertising campaign calling it the "film banned from the Kennedy Center." See more »

Goofs

The film constantly alludes to the U.S. official's previous postings in "Brazil and Santo Domingo," and the flashback to the police academy even shows the delegate sitting next to a sign reading "Santo Domingo" along with those of other countries. But Santo Domingo is not a country, it is the capital of the Dominican Republic. See more »

Quotes

Tupamaro leader: We don't have much time. If you want to write...
Philip Michael Santore: I'll write. But not to the embassy. To my wife only.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Fantasia in G minor, BWV 542 ('Great')
(uncredited)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played by the organ at the end of the funeral near the end of the movie.
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A film of historical importance
2 September 2002 | by cineman2See all my reviews

State of Siege shows how the U.S. aided and abetted right-wing dictatorships in Latin America during the Cold War. Yves Montand plays an American sent by our government to teach torture techniques to police in Uruguay. He is kidnapped by Tupamaro guerillas, interrogated and presented with proof of his activities. We witness how the military, the diplomats, and the press deal with the crisis. State of Siege generates a great deal of tension and suspense, even though we know the outcome. Director Costa-Gavras tends to romanticize the Left, but what is presented here is now widely acknowledged as fact. State of Siege is a film of historical importance that deserves your attention.


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