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A Captain's Honor (1982)

L'honneur d'un capitaine (original title)
During a televised debate on the Algerian war in the early 1980s, Professor Paulet denounced the methods of Captain Caron, killed in action in 1957. The widow of the captain, Patricia, decided to file a defamation suit.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Perrin ... Le capitaine Caron
Nicole Garcia ... Patricia Caron
Charles Denner ... Maître Gillard - un avocat
Georges Wilson ... Le bâtonnier
Claude Jade ... Maître Valouin - une avocate
Robert Etcheverry Robert Etcheverry ... Le commandant Guilloux
Georges Marchal ... Le général Keller
Jean Vigny Jean Vigny ... Le professeur Paulet
Jean-François Poron Jean-François Poron ... Jakez
Hubert Gignoux Hubert Gignoux ... Le juge
Cyril Barbe Cyril Barbe ... Le soldat infirmier
Alain Bastien-Thiry Alain Bastien-Thiry ... Pierre Caron
Eric Baugin Eric Baugin ... Éric Maury
Patrick Baugin Patrick Baugin ... Patrick Maury
Pierre Belot Pierre Belot ... Le directeur de l'école
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In einer TV-Sendung bezeichnet Professor Paulet den im Algerienkrieg gefallenen Capitaine Caron als Folterer und Mörder. Dessen Witwe zieht mit der in Kriegsprozessen unerfahreren Anwältin Valouin vor Gericht und klagt wegen Verleumdung. In Rückblenden wird der Fall Caron aufgerollt... Written by Cisnadie <Karl.Fleischer@munich.netsurf.de>

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This movie is based on a real story (with a slight different plot) : the affair of the Colonel Erulin (commander of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment during the Battle of Kolwesi). See more »

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An excellent film about the Algeria war
9 January 2008 | by emmanuel-zitnikSee all my reviews

As usual, Pierre schoendoerffer is very sympathetic to soldiers in the most excellent movie from the early 80s, which tells the story of a dead Captain whose memory is publicly trashed on TV, 20 years after his death. The film is about his widow's struggle to prove that he wasn't a murderer and didn't practice torture while he was leading a ground unit during the Algeria war.

She decides to sue the man who accused him of being a torturer and thus begins an investigation which retraces the Captain's last 2 weeks, day by day.

The actors are awesome, which is pretty common in Schoendoerffer's movies. The storyline is using numerous flashbacks depicting battle scenes in Algeria, hunts for terrorists and shots of the Captain's previous life (resistant in WW2 and prisoner in Indochina).

All in all this is a very humanistic movie which main message could be that war is rarely a matter of Good Vs Evil, but rather a matter of Good Vs another Good.

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