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A Feature film by Costa Gavras

Produced by Galatée Films, KG Productions, Reggane Films

Release in France : 26/02/1969


    In a country ruled by a fragile democracy where the police and the military are set on erradicating all threats from the political left, a member of the parliamentary opposition is murdered in the street right after leading a pacifist meeting. The official inquiry into the case is entrusted to a young judge who becomes aware that this was a political crime committed by two hired killers. To entangle things further, an ambitious journalist resorts to unorthodox means to pile up evidence against several members of an extreme right-wing party, while these in turn accuse police and army high officials.

    Actors (29)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    Galatée Films, KG Productions, Reggane Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    KG Productions

    Foreign production company :

    Office National Commerce Industrie Cinéma (ONCIC)

    French distribution :

    Valoria Films

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    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producer :

    Jacques Perrin

    Author of original work :

    Vassilis Vassilikos

    Associate producers :

    Eric Schlumberger, Philippe d'Argila

    Foreign Producer :

    Ahmed Rachedi

    Director of Photography :

    Raoul Coutard

    Camera operators :

    Georges Liron, Jean Garcenot

    Editor :

    Françoise Bonnot

    Continuity supervisor :

    Annie Maurel

    Music Composer :

    Mikis Theodorakis

    Sound Mixer :

    Alex Pront

    Assistant Director :

    Philippe Monnier

    Producer :

    Jacques Perrin

    Screenwriters :

    Jorge Semprun, Costa Gavras

    Voice :

    François Chaumette

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean Nény

    Production Manager :

    Hubert Mérial

    Sound Editor :

    Michèle Boehm

    Production Designer :

    Jacques D'Ovidio

    Stunt performer :

    Yvan Chiffre

    Still Photographer :

    Félix Le Garrec

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Politics, Jail

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    France, Algeria

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    Majority French (France, Algeria)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 5 min

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    Posters (3)



    Festival Selections (5)

    BIFF - 2009

    BIFF (South Korea, 2009)


    Films selected

    Academy Awards - 1970

    Academy Awards (United States, 1970)

    Selection (4)

    Academy Award nomination for Best Director : Costa Gavras

    Nomination for Best Editing : Françoise Bonnot

    Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film : Costa Gavras

    Nomination for Best Motion Picture of the Year

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1969

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1969)


    Official Competition

    Awards (2)

    Academy Awards - 1970

    Academy Awards (United States, 1970)

    Awards (2)

    Oscar for Best Editing : Françoise Bonnot

    Best Foreign Film : Costa Gavras

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1969

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1969)

    Awards (2)

    Special Jury Prize

    Best Performance for an Actor : Jean-Louis Trintignant