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(1969)

The public murder of a prominent politician and doctor amid a violent demonstration is covered up by military and government officials. A tenacious magistrate is determined not to let them get away with it.

Director:

Costa-Gavras

Writers:

Vasilis Vasilikos (novel) (as Vassili Vassilikos), Jorge Semprún (dialogue) (as Jorge Semprun)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yves Montand ... Z
Irene Papas ... Hélène (as Irène Papas)
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Le juge d'instruction
François Périer ... Le procureur
Jacques Perrin ... Le photojournaliste
Charles Denner ... Manuel
Pierre Dux ... Le général de gendarmerie Missou
Georges Géret ... Nick
Bernard Fresson ... Matt
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Vago (as Marcel Bozzufi)
Julien Guiomar ... Le colonel de gendarmerie
Magali Noël ... La soeur de Nick
Renato Salvatori ... Yago
Habib Reda Habib Reda
Clotilde Joano ... Shoula (as Clotilde Joanno)
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Storyline

In a mid-sized metropolis (population 500,000) in a right-wing military led country, a pacifist organization, which supports the opposition party in the government, is planning on holding an anti-military, nuclear disarmament rally. The organization's charismatic leader - the deputy - is scheduled to arrive in the town from the capital the day of the rally. Beyond the problems arranging the rally due to the probable incitement of violence at such a rally, the organization learns of an unconfirmed report that there will be an attempt on the deputy's life. The rally does happen, after which a three-wheeled kamikaze runs over the deputy, who eventually passes away from his injuries. The official report is that the incident was a drunken accident. In reality, the deputy's death was murder orchestrated by the secret police, the general for who likens the pacifist organization to mildew killing off agricultural crops. A magistrate is assigned to the case. Although he does have political ... Written by Huggo

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Trivia

The score was by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. His music was banned by the returning military regime. See more »

Goofs

After Nick is hit on the front of the head, he holds the back of it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Deputy Minister of Agriculture: Mildew is prevented by spraying the vines with a solution of copper sulfate. There are two standard remedies: Bordeaux mixture and Burgundy mixture - named after the French provinces famous for its wines. The vines are sprayed three times a year: first when the shoots are about five inches long; second, just before or after the blossoms appear; and the third time, a month later. Spraying is preventative and thus essential
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Crazy Credits

Mikis Theodorakis (the film's composer) having been deported, the orchestration is by Bernard Gérard. See more »

Alternate Versions

This received wide release in the United States in an English-dubbed version. See more »

Connections

Featured in Affection to the People (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Safti Gitonia
Piano and vocals by Mikis Theodorakis
Composed by Mikis Theodorakis'
Arranged By, Conducted by Bernard Gérard
Published By April Music
(p) CBS Records / Columbia
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stunning political drama
21 May 2005 | by nuntukamenSee all my reviews

Having seen this at the Art Theatre in Akron, Ohio, upon its first American release, this film was a forcefully stunning, face slapping wake up call to keep a vigilant eye on most politicians because they are controlled only by the constraints we present and confine them with. Grown men left the theater with tears pouring down their cheeks not only because of the great performances and story, but because these were the Nixon years, and the film made us realize we were only a pen stroke away from the horror of losing freedom and democracy here in the United States. No country is safe, and it could be argued in areas of Florida today that, even though we preserved our nation and eliminated Nixon, it was a Pyrhic victory, a temporary victory, and our democracy and how it is supposed to ethically work was left disheveled and browbeaten in the end, anyway. One thing is for certain; the rats are in the cupboard now. And this film hits all the right buttons; great music, acting, an avant garde documentary style of filming that was sensational in its time and still is good today, but so many people have copied it, it seems to lack originality since we are so accepting now of something that was novel at the time...but this is the real thing that started it all. A film that should be in everyone's home and shown to every civic class in America.


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Country:

France | Algeria

Language:

French | Russian | English

Release Date:

8 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Z See more »

Filming Locations:

Algeria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,144, 15 March 2009

Gross USA:

$83,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$83,305
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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