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State of Siege

State of Siege

Dec. 30, 1972122 Min.
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Like most of Costa-Gavras’ political thrillers, the French State of Siege is based on a true story. The incident dramatized herein is the kidnapping of a U.S. official somewhere in Latin America. The director’s sympathies clearly lie with the kidnappers, especially since the official (played by Yves Montand), ostensibly an expert in traffic control, has been assigned as special advisor to the government’s secret police, training these worthies in the art of the torturing of political prisoners. Uruguay was the country where this story actually took place; though no names are given, there’s little doubting the identity of Costa-Gavras’ fictional locale. Despite its up-to-date radicalism, State of Siege adheres to time-honored Hollywood formula, with ugly, vulgar bad guys vs. handsome, articulate good guys.

State of Siege
State of Siege
Original title État de siège
TMDb Rating 7.2 23 votes




Yves Montand isPhilip Michael Santore
Philip Michael Santore
Renato Salvatori isCaptain Lopez
Captain Lopez
O.E. Hasse isCarlos Ducas
Carlos Ducas
Maurice Teynac isMinister of Internal Security
Minister of Internal Security
Yvette Etiévant isWoman Senator
Woman Senator
Harald Wolff isMinister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Nemesio Antúnez isPresident of the Republic
President of the Republic

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