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.

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Costa-Gavras

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Franco Solinas, Costa-Gavras (original scenario) | 1 more credit »
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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>

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Adapted from a True Story, Entirely Filmed on Location in South America See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Yves Montand's character is based on Dan Mitrione, a government advisor working for the CIA in Latin America and whose fate was similar to the ones portrayed by Montand. See more »

Goofs

The name of the Brazilian Ambassador in Uruguay is Fernando Campos (the name is revealed throughout the film). But in the beginning of the film right before his kidnap his name appears on a sign at his house as Roberto Campos. The filmmakers probably decided to make this change to avoid confusion with the real Brazilian minister of planning - Roberto Campos. See more »

Quotes

Tupamaro militant: [repeated exchange that occurs between the leader and five different militants - men and women, one at a time going inside the bus and sitting next to the leader] I've received the report.
Tupamaro leader: So, you know the situation. This is not a personal problem. It was never that. It's a political problem. Yes or no?
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Connections

Featured in Costa Gavras and Peter Cowie on 'State of Siege' (2015) See more »

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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An under exposed classic; better than 'Z'
27 March 2001 | by jlr00721See all my reviews

What is most significant about this movie is how few have seen it. Only 66 people have voted on it here whereas over 700 have voted on Z, its counterpart and also a fine movie. 'State of Siege' follows the realities and deceptions concerning the CIA involvement in South America. The movie is uplifting and depressing, humorous and appalling. Viewers are forced to meander through contrasting elements deeply personal and highly political. I saw the film once when it was first released and have not been able to find it since, yet I remember virtually every scene. It would be wonderful to restore it to full circulation.


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Country:

France | Italy | West Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 February 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

State of Siege See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,127,482
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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