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Costa-Gavras' crowd-pleasing left wing thriller was based on the 1965 Lambrakis affair, in which investigation of the accidental death of a medical professor uncovered a network of police and government corruption. As Greece was under the Colonels at the time, the film was shot in Algeria, with a script by Spaniard Jorge Semprun and music by Theodorakis. The recreation of the murder and the subsequent investigation uses the techniques of an American thriller to gripping effect, though conspiracies are so commonplace nowadays that it's hard to imagine the impact it made at the time.

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Director: Costa-Gavras
Screenwriter: Costa-Gavras, Jorge Semprun
Cast: Georges Géret
Charles Denner
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Irene Papas
François Périer
Yves Montand
Jacques Perrin
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