The poet Missak Manouchian leads a mixed bag of youngsters and immigrants in a clandestine battle against the Nazi occupation. Twenty-two men and one woman fighting for an ideal and for ... See full summary »


Robert Guédiguian


Serge Le Péron (original idea), Robert Guédiguian (scenario) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Abkarian ... Missak Manouchian
Virginie Ledoyen ... Mélinée Manouchian
Robinson Stévenin Robinson Stévenin ... Marcel Rayman
Lola Naymark ... Monique Stern
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet ... Thomas Elek
Adrien Jolivet Adrien Jolivet ... Henri Krasucki
Olga Legrand Olga Legrand ... Olga Bancic
Alexandru Potocean ... Alexandre le mari d'Olga
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Inspecteur Pujol
Yann Trégouët Yann Trégouët ... Commissaire David
Pascal Cervo ... Inspecteur Bourlier
Paula Klein Paula Klein ... Madame Rayman
Boris Bergman Boris Bergman ... Monsieur Rayman
Léopold Szabatura Léopold Szabatura ... Simon Rayman
Ariane Ascaride ... Madame Elek


The poet Missak Manouchian leads a mixed bag of youngsters and immigrants in a clandestine battle against the Nazi occupation. Twenty-two men and one woman fighting for an ideal and for freedom. News of their daring attacks, including the assassination of an SS general, eventually reaches Berlin. Written by American Film Market

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Revenge. Liberation. Young Resistance Heroes. See more »


Drama | History | War


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Did You Know?


Henri Krasucki, part of the Manouchian group, was the general secretary of the French Communist Party from 1982 to 1992. See more »


When showed up to the press after being arrested in November 1943, a member of the group tells a policeman the FFI will avenge them when they come. The FFI (Forces Francaises de l'Interieur) was regrouping several resistance groups and was created in 1944. See more »


Je Chante
Music by Charles Trenet and Paul Misraki
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
Domaine public (1937)
Avec l'aimable autorisation de EMI Music France pour les USA
Editions Raoul BRETON
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Thought provoking film.
11 October 2009 | by i-burgess1See all my reviews

I'm surprised at some of the comments here. Cliff Hanley I think you'll find that all the members of the gang were white so can't see where you got the idea that the leader had a 'multi-coloured' gang. From different national and religious groups, yes. Can't say I agree that his comments are anti-Semitic, David W - Hanley's comments about the Palestinians are simply irrelevant. I was struck by the coldness of both sides. What does come through is that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. At least the gang tried not to kill civilians, but that came from the members not the leaders. What Mr Timothy has against 'knobs', I do not know! 'Nazi knobs' 'Commie knobs' - how about door knobs? I thought that this was a very powerful film - with few redeeming characters. Under extreme circumstances people give up their ethics, but at what price? Betrayal, either innocent or knowing is one of the major themes of the arts (see Graham Greene's books).

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Release Date:

20 August 2010 (USA) See more »

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Army of Crime See more »

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$8,102, 22 August 2010

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