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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


    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

    Actors (62)

    Production and distribution (3)

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country


    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 Semprún

    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 Semprún

    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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    Coproducer countries :

    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