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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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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 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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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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 »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Ironically, the film was released a year before Chile witnessed its own violent military coup against the then favored and democratically elected President Salvador Allende by military commander Augusto Pinochet. 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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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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A great film!
18 March 2005 | by wombat-56See all my reviews

I agree that this film should be released on DVD. It is a great companion piece to Z and Missing.

Costa-Gavros managed to produce a stinging indictment of US involvement in South American politics, without drawing his villains as caricatures. His characters, policemen and revolutionaries, come off as profoundly human, flawed but not themselves monsters, though they are involved in monstrous acts. The torture scenes are grueling, and were probably as responsible for the film's official reception.

I saw this at the age of 15, when it was in the theaters. I confused it with the Eric Ambler novel of the same name. It had a profound personal influence on me. I was able to rent it once, about 15 years ago but haven't run across it since.


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