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State of Siege (1972)

État de siège (original title)
Using the interrogation of a US counterinsurgency agent as a backdrop, the film explores the consequences of the struggle between Uruguay's government and the leftist Tupamaro guerrillas.

Director:

Costa-Gavras

Writers:

Franco Solinas, Costa-Gavras (original scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yves Montand ... Philip Michael Santore
Renato Salvatori ... Captain Lopez
O.E. Hasse ... Carlos Ducas
Jacques Weber ... Hugo
Jean-Luc Bideau ... Este
Maurice Teynac Maurice Teynac ... Minister of Internal Security
Yvette Etiévant ... Woman Senator
Evangeline Peterson Evangeline Peterson ... Mrs. Santore
Harald Wolff Harald Wolff ... Minister of Foreign Affairs
Nemesio Antúnez Nemesio Antúnez ... President of the Republic
Mario Montilles Mario Montilles ... Assistant Commissioner Fontant
André Falcon André Falcon ... Deputy Fabbri
Jerry Brouer Jerry Brouer ... Anthony Lee
Roberto Navarrete Roberto Navarrete ... Commissioner Romero
Douglas Harris ... A.I.D. Director
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Storyline

In Uruguay in the early 1970s, an official of the US Agency for International Development (a group used as a front for training foreign police in counterinsurgency methods) is kidnapped by a group of urban guerillas. Using his interrogation as a backdrop, the film explores the often brutal consequences of the struggle between Uruguay's government and the leftist Tupamaro guerillas. Written by Erich Schneider <erich@alumni.caltech.edu>

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy | West Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 February 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

State of Siege See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This was going to be the first movie shown in the new John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. It was cancelled because the plot of the movie was judged to be inappropriate. This caused a big controversy. A Washington D.C. television station took advantage of the controversy by acquiring the broadcast rights to the film and showing it uncut after running a big advertising campaign calling it the "film banned from the Kennedy Center." See more »

Goofs

The film constantly alludes to the U.S. official's previous postings in "Brazil and Santo Domingo," and the flashback to the police academy even shows the delegate sitting next to a sign reading "Santo Domingo" along with those of other countries. But Santo Domingo is not a country, it is the capital of the Dominican Republic. See more »

Quotes

Woman Senator: The frequent use of torture's intruments has been proved by the investigating comission. Remember, that this comission is composed by members of all parties present in the parliament. Your conclusions, voted by uninamity, are those. First: it has been proved that torture has become a frequent and habitual system in our country. Second: those tortures are practiced against people who even being innocent, are not submitted to a legal questioning, and against people who, submitted to a legal ...
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Soundtracks

Fantasia in G minor, BWV 542 ('Great')
(uncredited)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played by the organ at the end of the funeral near the end of the movie.
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A Testimony of the History of Latin America in the 70's
20 October 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the early 70's, in Uruguay, the revolutionary group Tupamaro kidnaps an American trainer of torture and the Brazilian consul, and through the interrogation of the abducted American, the big picture of Uruguay (and other Latin America countries) is reported.

"État de Siege" is a testimony of the history of Latin America in the 70's, during my childhood and adolescence. All the democratic governments elected by people were discharged through coup d'état by military dictatorships supported by the American government, the police and military forces trained in tortures by American advisors, student and union leaderships destroyed and revolutionary groups unsuccessfully fighting against the dictatorial regime. The fantastic director Costa Gravas exposes this serious wound in Latin America and this denunciation shall never be forgotten by the next generations. This movie remains amazingly real and important, sometimes recalling a documentary. Only this month this film was released on DVD in Brazil, and it is a worthwhile investment. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): 'Estado de Sítio" ("State of Siege")


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