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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.

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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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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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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #760. 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

Woman Senator: The frequent use of torture's intruments has been proved by the investigating comission. Remember, that this comission is composed by members of all parties present in the parliament. Your conclusions, voted by uninamity, are those. First: it has been proved that torture has become a frequent and habitual system in our country. Second: those tortures are practiced against people who even being innocent, are not submitted to a legal questioning, and against people who, submitted to a legal ...
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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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How Dan Mitrione was killed
14 October 2003 | by esteban1747See all my reviews

This is not a fiction film. In fact, it reveals the way the guerrilla movement Tupamaros acted in Uruguay during the 70s. For those young people, it is necessary to remind that this left-wing movement was not a guerrilla in the mountains but an urban one, operating mainly in Montevideo. They used to kill esbirros (nasty policemen and agents) and to make justice against the existing dictatorship whenever it was required. The movement operated in a secret and compartmented way, i.e. many of the members did not know each other, thus avoiding to be eliminated by denunciation. Costa Gavras was able to draw the way Tupamaros acted in Uruguay, and also an important happening of those days, the way the CIA agent Mr. Dan Mitrione (Yves Montand) was killed. In fact this movement was disarticulated once new police agents infiltrated in the movement, and the main leaders were discovered. Mitrione was killed but this did not prevent that another CIA "pinch-hitter" for Mitrione came later to replace the dead man. The film may seem as sympathetic to Tupamaros, partially it might be, but this is rather a subtle critic to their methods than congratulation for what they did.


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Language:

French

Release Date:

8 February 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Gross USA:

$392,664
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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