Repression is the rule of the day in this film that skewers Greek governance of the 1960s. Z, a leftist rabble rouser, is killed in what appears to be a traffic accident. But given the political climate, the death of such a prominent activist raises troubling questions. Though it’s too late to save Z’s life, a postmortem examination suggests that the ruling party was behind his death. As the facts leak out, those who tell the truth pay the price for their honesty.

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Film Cast:

  • Z: Yves Montand
  • Hélène: Irene Papas
  • Examining Magistrate: Jean-Louis Trintignant
  • Photojournalist: Jacques Perrin
  • Manuel: Charles Denner
  • Matt: Bernard Fresson
  • Public Prosecutor: François Périer
  • General: Pierre Dux
  • Nick: Georges Géret
  • Nick’s Sister: Magali Noël
  • Vago: Marcel Bozzuffi
  • Yago: Renato Salvatori
  • Colonel: Julien Guiomar
  • Illya Coste: Jean Dasté
  • Shoula: Clotilde Joano
  • Heroic Bricklayer: Maurice Baquet
  • General’s Chauffeur: Hassan El-Hassani
  • Barone: Gérard Darrieu
  • Georges Pirou: Jean Bouise
  • Pierre, a lawyer: Jean-Pierre Miquel
  • Hospital Director: Van Doude
  • Dumas aka The Russian: Guy Mairesse
  • Nick’s Mother: Andrée Tainsy
  • Niki, the Prosecutor’s Daughter: Eva Simonet
  • (voice): François Chaumette
  • Le rédacteur en chef du journal (uncredited): José Artur
  • Le chirurgien anglais (uncredited): Raoul Coutard
  • Le photographe anglais (uncredited): Steve Gadler
  • Bozzini (uncredited): Gabriel Jabbour
  • (uncredited): Sid Ahmed Agoumi
  • (uncredited): Georges Rouquier

Film Crew:

  • Director: Costa-Gavras
  • Original Music Composer: Míkis Theodorakis
  • Editor: Françoise Bonnot
  • Director of Photography: Raoul Coutard
  • Associate Producer: Eric Schlumberger
  • Producer: Jacques Perrin
  • Production Manager: Hubert Mérial
  • Sound Engineer: Jean Nény
  • Novel: Vasilis Vasilikos
  • Author: Jorge Semprún
  • Set Decoration: Jacques D’Ovidio
  • Stunt Coordinator: Yvan Chiffre
  • Producer: Ahmed Rachedi
  • Orchestrator: Bernard Gérard
  • Costume Design: Piet Bolscher
  • Assistant Director: Philippe Monnier
  • Assistant Director: Ghaouti Bendedouche
  • Sound Engineer: Alex Pront
  • Sound Editor: Michèle Boëhm
  • Camera Operator: Georges Liron
  • Camera Operator: Jean Garcenot
  • Script Supervisor: Annie Maurel

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