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.
Erich Schneider <email@example.com>
Any resemblance to actual events or to anyone living or dead is not accidental
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Unlike its predecessors, this film is one of the lesser known films of Gavras. See more
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
We don't have much time. If you want to write...
Philip Michael Santore
I'll write. But not to the embassy. To my wife only.
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Fantasia in G minor, BWV 542 ('Great')
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played by the organ at the end of the funeral near the end of the movie. See more