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The Assassination (1972)

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Sadiel, rebel leader in a North African state, takes refuge in Switzerland in the aftermath of a coup. Aware of the threat posed by Sadiel, the ruthless Colonel Kassar contacts the French ... See full summary »

Director:

Yves Boisset

Writers:

Ben Barzman (original scenario), Basilio Franchina (original scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... François Darien - un intellectuel instable
Michel Piccoli ... Le colonel kassar - le ministre de l'intérieur d'un pays du maghreb
Jean Seberg ... Edith Lemoine - une infirmière gauchiste
Gian Maria Volontè ... Sadiel - un leader progresste maghrebin
Michel Bouquet ... Maïtre Lempereur - un avocat corrompu
Bruno Cremer ... Maître Michel Vigneau - l'avocat de Sadiel
Daniel Ivernel ... Antoine Acconetti - un truand
Philippe Noiret ... Pierre Garcin - le responsable de l'information à l'ORTF
François Périer ... Le commissaire René Rouannat - un flic honnête
Roy Scheider ... Michael Howard - uncorrespondant de la TV américaine
Jacques François ... Lestienne - le chef des services secrets français
Jean Bouise ... Un policier français haut placé qui couvre l'affaire
Denis Manuel Denis Manuel ... Azam - un étudiant maghrebin
Marc Mazza Marc Mazza
Jacques Richard Jacques Richard
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Sadiel, rebel leader in a North African state, takes refuge in Switzerland in the aftermath of a coup. Aware of the threat posed by Sadiel, the ruthless Colonel Kassar contacts the French security services to help in capturing the political activist. A police informer, Darien, is forced to lure Sadiel to Paris, allegedly to make a television coverage about the Third World. Arriving in Paris, Sadiel is captured and delivered to his opponents. Disgusted by the way he has been manipulated, Darien tries to turn back the clock, unknowing who he's dealing with. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy | West Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 October 1972 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Roy Scheider and Jean-Louis Trintignant also appeared in The Outside Man (1972). See more »

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Different kind of thriller
2 October 2009 | by Chris400See all my reviews

Put aside some of the tiny details, I find the movie excellent. It is very hard to view it and considering the average viewer's grade, it is interesting to see how this movie did not stay in circulation. They did make a lot of movies available on VHS and later on DVD that are really not as good as this one and it makes you wonder if there was not a certain influence behind it (ie political influence to not keep this movie in circulation, which would make this movie closer to reality...). How much of the movie is based on the true story, I don't know, but it seems like all of it could be. The atmosphere of the movie is suspenseful. The nature of the scenario is such that you don't know who can be trusted, so you can imagine the problem of having a secret that people want to get rid off... The events appear to be more realistic than modern movies. Nothing fancy, just some cold war like situation with people that could be anybody and nobody (you or your neighbor or the guy you work with). The movie starts like something is already about to explode. Ennio Morricone's music was such that when the movie started on TV some decades ago, I was not planning on watching it, but I simply sat down and had to see the rest of it because nothing else seemed to matter and I never regretted it. Some people don't seem to like the acting, but remember that this is the 70s and this is how people were behaving and talking then. No Brad Pits or above reality acting. No theater drama or over-acting. This acting is almost documentary like based on the French culture at the time, which once again makes it seem closer to reality. Everyone know from history that those situations existed. Governments moving their ponds, killing whom ever got in the way, sometimes playing with each other and sometimes against each other. Just think about the banana republics, the role of some countries to control former colonies or destabilize colonies... and of course, with the tensions within the countries for some parties to support bad actions "for national interest" (even if it is for personnel political gain) and those that are against it. Sometimes, it was not clear whether actions were taken to fight communist or to favor financial gains for the country and in the end, it all boils down to "how can you trust" and how long before you trust the wrong person? There is the world of simple workers and the underworld of politics, crime, corruption, power struggles... and I think this movie gives you a good snapshot of it and maybe that's why it's now almost impossible to find in spite of the average rating...


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