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A Feature film by Costa Gavras

Produced by Galatée Films, KG Productions, Les Productions Artistes Associés, Reggane Films

Release in France : 23/04/1975

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Actors (62)

Production and distribution (4)

Foreign production companies :

Janus Film Und Fersehen, Goriz Films

French distribution :

Les Productions Artistes Associés

TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

TV broadcasts: details by country


In France during the German occupation, a young German naval officer is killed in Paris by a group of leftist activists. The compliant Vichy government seeks to appease the Germans by locating the perpetrators and agreeing to the execution of six people, and a special section is set up for this purpose. The section consists of judges who are too ambitious, cowardly or inhuman to refuse such work. The flames of totalitarianism must be stoked, even with innocent blood, and it is especially convenient to the government if the accused are thoroughly expendable in their eyes.

Source : Wikipedia


Costa-Gavras' film stirred some controversy as it told a story of Vichy France, which made some critics feel the piece was one sided about collaboration. Costa-Gavras aimed for the truth and he felt this film got this.[citation needed] Despite the debate, it opened to positive reviews in France and the U.S.

Full credits (23)

Executive Producer :

Jacques Perrin

Dialogue Writer :

Jorge Semprun

Producer :

Michèle Ray Gavras

Line Producer :

Gérard Crosnier

Foreign Producer :

Giorgio Silvagni

Sound Recordist :

Harald Maury

Camera Operator :

Jean Harnois

Editor :

Françoise Bonnot

Continuity supervisors :

Sylvette Baudrot, Dominique Piat

Music Composer :

Éric Demarsan

Costume designer :

Hélène Nourry

Still Photographer :

Vincent Rossell

Assistant directors :

Denys Granier-Deferre, Jean-Michel Lacor

Author of original work :

Henri Villeré

Associate Producer :

Claude Heymann

Screenwriters :

Costa Gavras, Jorge Semprun

Director of Photography :

Andréas Winding

Sound Assistant :

Jean Fontaine

Production managers :

Bernard Bouix, Gérard Crosnier

Sound editor :

Françoise London

Production Designer :

Max Douy

Foley artist :

Daniel Couteau

Sound Mixer :

Jacques Maumont

Technical details

Feature film

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Drama, Historical, Thriller

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France, Italy, Germany

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Majority French (France, Italy, Germany)

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Runtime :

1 h 50 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections

Cannes International Film Festival - 1975

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1975)


Official Competition


Cannes International Film Festival - 1975

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1975)


Best Direction Award