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      State of Siege

      1972 2h 0m Mystery & Thriller Drama List
      75% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 89% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Assigned to work in South America, United States official Philip Michael Santore (Yves Montand) is employed by an agency involved in counterinsurgency tactics. Santore's position makes him a target for a local band of guerrillas, and, before long, he is kidnapped. As a prisoner, Santore undergoes interrogation, shedding light on the violent situation in the country. Once the insurgents are done with their questioning, they must decide whether Santore lives or dies. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Penelope Gilliatt New Yorker The picture deliberately hacks away all possibility of plot suspense. The grip of the story is in the possible twists and turns that casuistry can take, and it has two fine, inquiring minds controlling it. Jan 23, 2024 Full Review David Wilson Sight & Sound Characteristically, Costa-Gavras is unable to resist the opportunist tricks of the skilled exponent of political melodrama. Mar 18, 2020 Full Review Noel Murray The Dissolve Costa-Gavras captures how it feels to live under martial law, and how even some committed populists will scrap their ideals to protect their comfort and privilege. Rated: 4/5 Jun 2, 2015 Full Review Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com Living by the sword always means dying by the same blade... Rated: FIVE STARS Mar 29, 2022 Full Review James Kendrick Q Network Film Desk Rather than playing into the prejudices and biases of any one political stripe, State of Siege boldly dares to look at both sides, finding both fault and virtue. Rated: 3.5/4 Jun 22, 2015 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Purposefully frustrating Yankee-Go-Home pamphlet Jun 11, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      acsdoug D Purveys the tired leftist trope that a handful of Americans can show up and take a country of millions of people where it doesn't want to go. it wasn't true then, it isn't true now, and it is incredibly insulting to the citizens of those countries. Still, a good story could be told from that viewpoint - Oliver Stone's "Salvador" is a an excellent film. This film, however, lacks nuance, all the members of the government are evil incarnate. It makes for a rather dull two hours. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/29/24 Full Review Joel C A very politically driven film about South American guerrillas kidnapping targets who they believe are involved in torture tactics, in particular a US communication specialist. The film moves fast and talks faster, relying on the viewer to keep up. Almost a documentary feel it tells the story well with sometimes hundreds of extras on screen moving with seemingly un-choreographed fashion. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/20/21 Full Review Audience Member Loved it! Such a great dramatic history of covert US interference in repressive puppet regimes of South America Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member State of Siege has the usual rhythm of any other Gavras affair, but fails in comparison to Z and The Confession for its emotional nakedness and considerable lack of tension in comparison. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Neatly put together from realistic events. Another great political thriller, in the vein of corrupted government and the revolutionare "spanish" coffee terrorists. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Costa-Gravas political thrillers are based on true stories. The incident dramatized here is the kidnapping of an American (Yves Montand) who supposedly works for an American aid agency but the plot slowly reveals that he is a CIA (the agency is never aimed) sent to train police and military officials in an unnamed Latin American country counter-insurgency techniques. The kidnapping is undertaken by a leftist urban guerrilla force. The politics of the film are very left-wing. Costa-Gravas is not entirely sympathetic with the methods of the terrorists but the film illustrates how Montand's character and the people he trained have undermined democracy in the country, employing agent-provocateurs, illegal torture techniques, and extra-legal death squads. In the end, the trappings of democracy are done away with and martial law is declared. It is based on events that occurred in Uruguay in 1970 and was filmed in Chile in 1972; in the next year Chile's democratically elected left wing government would be overthrown in a military coup (the subject of Costa-Gravas' later film Missing). Costa-Gravas has always been sympathetic with the oppressed of the world and had previously done over the Greek military junta in Z and the Stalinist thugs who crushed the Prague Spring in The Confession. Its a French film presented in French with English subtitles. If you thought Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger's foreign policy in the Americas was (to quote David Eisenhower) "swell," avoid watching this film. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Assigned to work in South America, United States official Philip Michael Santore (Yves Montand) is employed by an agency involved in counterinsurgency tactics. Santore's position makes him a target for a local band of guerrillas, and, before long, he is kidnapped. As a prisoner, Santore undergoes interrogation, shedding light on the violent situation in the country. Once the insurgents are done with their questioning, they must decide whether Santore lives or dies.
      Director
      Costa-Gavras
      Screenwriter
      Franco Solinas, Costa-Gavras
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller, Drama
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 27, 2015
      Runtime
      2h 0m
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