State of Siege ()

État de siège (original title)
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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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Philip Michael Santore
Captain Lopez
Carlos Ducas
Maurice Teynac ...
Minister of Internal Security
Woman Senator
Evangeline Peterson ...
Mrs. Santore
Harald Wolff ...
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Nemesio Antúnez ...
President of the Republic
Mario Montilles ...
Assistant Commissioner Fontant
André Falcon ...
Deputy Fabbri
Jerry Brouer ...
Anthony Lee
Roberto Navarrete ...
Commissioner Romero
Douglas Harris ...
A.I.D. Director
Gilbert Brandini ...
Eugenio Guzmán ...
Spokesman of Uruguayan Government
Jean-François Gobbi ...
Maurice Jacquemont ...
Dean of the Law School
Aldo Francia ...
Dr. Francia
Eduardo Naveda ...
Political Police Chief
Rafael Benavente ...
Brazilian Consul Campos
Martha Contreras ...
Robert Holmes ...
Papal Nuncio
Alejandro Misle ...
President of the Assembly
Julio Zarata ...
Instructor at the Police Academy
Telephone Operator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gloria Laso ...
Tupamaro Tortured Militant (creditOnly)
Sara Astica ...
Tupamaros Leader (uncredited)
Jaime Azócar ...
Tupamaro Militant (uncredited)
Shlomit Baytelman ...
Militant (uncredited)
Francisco Bianchi ...
Uruguayan Policeman (uncredited)
Jorge Boudon ...
Uruguayan Citizen (uncredited)
Nelson Brodt ...
Tupamaro Militant (uncredited)
Guillermo Bruce ...
Uruguayan Policeman (uncredited)
Lucho Córdova ...
Uruguayan Ambassador in Vaticane (uncredited)
Armando Fenoglio ...
Rightist Uruguayan Politic (uncredited)
Tennyson Ferrada ...
AID Clerk (uncredited)
Fernando Gallardo ...
Uruguayan Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Cristián García-Huidobro ...
Militant (uncredited)
Rebeca Gigliotto ...
Tupamaro Militant (uncredited)
Rubén Darío Guevara ...
Rightist Uruguayan Politician (uncredited)
Carlos Ducas (uncredited) (voice)
Juan Guzmán Tapia ...
Uruguayan Journalist (uncredited)
Patricia Guzmán ...
Tupamaro Militant (uncredited)
Enrique Heine ...
Rightist Uruguayan Politic (uncredited)
Agustín Moya ...
Tupamaro Militant (uncredited)
Tupamaros Leader (uncredited)
Tupamaro Leader (uncredited)
Alicia Quiroga ...
Uruguayan Citizen (uncredited)
Enrique Macchi, Extreme Rightist JUP -Juventud Uruguaya de Pie- Leader (uncredited)
Jael Unger ...
Tupamaros Leader (uncredited)

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Written by

Franco Solinas ... (written by)
Costa-Gavras ... (original scenario) and
Franco Solinas ... (original scenario)

Produced by

Jacques Henri Barratier ... executive producer
Jacques Perrin ... delegate producer
Léon Sanz ... executive producer

Music by

Mikis Theodorakis

Cinematography by

Pierre-William Glenn

Film Editing by

Françoise Bonnot

Editorial Department

Michele Ansellem ... assistant editor
Liliane Lecosse ... assistant editor
Annick Menier ... assistant editor

Production Design by

Jacques D'Ovidio

Set Decoration by

Jacques D'Ovidio

Costume Design by

Piet Bolscher

Makeup Department

Maud Begon ... key makeup artist
Sylvia Rossi ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

Pascal Bazart ... production manager
Jorge Calderón ... unit manager
Alberto Celery ... assistant production manager
François Menny ... unit manager
Willy Perkins ... unit manager
José Salvador Rodríguez ... unit manager
Léon Sanz ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Christian de Chalonge ... first assistant director
Pablo de la Barra ... assistant director
Eduardo Durán ... assistant director
Jorge Durán ... assistant director
Emilio Pacull ... assistant director

Art Department

André Davalan ... property master
Víctor Segura ... set decorator: second unit
Eric Simon ... set dresser
Zapata ... set decorator: second unit

Sound Department

Michele Ansellem ... assistant sound editor
Michèle Boëhm ... sound editor
André Hervée ... sound engineer
Liliane Lecosse ... assistant sound editor
Gérard Manneveau ... boom operator
Jacques Maumont ... sound mixer
Annick Menier ... assistant sound editor
John Marshall ... associate dubbing editor (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Walter Bal ... assistant camera
Louis Balthazard ... key grip
Silvio Caiozzi ... director of photography: second unit
José Nelson Fuentes ... assistant camera
Luis Poirot ... still photographer (as Louis Poirot)
Manuel Velasco ... gaffer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Lilly Stepes ... costume assistant

Music Department

Mikis Theodorakis ... conductor

Other crew

Sylvette Baudrot ... script supervisor
Leo Guignier ... production accountant (as Leoda Guignier)
Patricia Guzmán ... assistant script supervisor (as Patricia González Guzmán)
Jocelyne Jamette ... production secretary
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • L'amerikano (Italy)
  • Der unsichtbare Aufstand (West Germany)
  • State of Siege (United States)
  • State of Siege (Ireland, English title)
  • State of Siege (World-wide, English title)
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  • 120 min
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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Dancer Upstairs (2002). See more »
Soundtracks Fantasia in G minor, BWV 542 ('Great') 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 questioning, would have been declared innocent. Third: the main victims of those methods are the students and the union leaders. Fourth: the explanations from competent authorities, which deny the existence of those methods or declare not even knowing about them, are unacceptable, because to accept them it would mean to admit the existence of paralel organizations, autonomous and uncontrolable inside our police system. That's it, Mr. President. Gentlemen, this is what's happening in our country. All of that occurs daily in our country. All of that must end in our country. Government lords, I don't know if you were aware or not about all that. Anyway, however, you no longer have the right to govern our country.
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