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The Nada Gang (1974)

Nada (original title)
A group of anarchist leftist called "Nada" and led by the terrorist Buenaventura Diaz abducts the American ambassador Richard Poindexter in a brothel in Paris and brings him to a farm in ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Claude Chabrol (screenplay), Antonietta Malzieri (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabio Testi ... Buenaventura Diaz
Michel Duchaussoy ... Marcel Treuffais
Maurice Garrel ... André Épaulard
Michel Aumont ... Goemond
Lou Castel ... D'Arey
Didier Kaminka ... Meyer
André Falcon André Falcon ... Le ministre / The Minister
François Perrot
Lyle Joyce Lyle Joyce ... Richard Poindexter
Viviane Romance ... Madame Gabrielle
Mariangela Melato ... Veronique Cash
Henri Attal Henri Attal
Jean-Marie Arnoux Jean-Marie Arnoux
George Birt George Birt
François Cadet François Cadet
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Storyline

A group of anarchist leftist called "Nada" and led by the terrorist Buenaventura Diaz abducts the American ambassador Richard Poindexter in a brothel in Paris and brings him to a farm in the countryside. The French Minister gives a blank cheque to the violent chief of police Goemond that is assigned to destroy the kidnappers. Then the Minister makes him the scapegoat of the messy situation to protect the State. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They Were All Rotten to the Core!

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Thriller

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 February 1974 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Exterminação Grupo Zero See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on the novel "Nada", by Jean-Patrick Manchette. In fact, while the gang members are discussing the plan in Treuffais' apartment, Díaz notes that the brothel the ambassador should be at is located between Kleber Avenue and Manchette Street. That is a screenwriters' funny idea. In the novel, there is not any Manchette Street, obviously. See more »

Quotes

Buenaventura Diaz: [after shooting the hostage] They've come to kill us! Not to capture us but to massacre us! That's one less diplomat!
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Nowhere to run, nowhere to go, nothing to show, a big empty
22 March 2011 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

In the stiff and confusing "NADA", Claude Chabrol invite us to follow a revolutionary group called NADA and their dangerous mission of kidnapping the American Ambassador in France in exchange of some political demands, confronting a repressive govern that didn't want any kind of talk with these folks. The movie is broken in two: first, we follow up the group led by Buenaventura Diaz (Fabio Testi) and formed by young guys and a woman; and the other half is the police and authorities trying to block NADA's activities and rescue the ambassador.

The movie never explains the origin of the name (or if they did I must have missed), but in Potuguese the word 'Nada' means nothing, and nothing is what this movie has to show. Chabrol was trying to make here a mix of political thrillers à-la Costa Gavras mixed with Godard's political expressions and speeches, and the final result is a movie with no message, no direction, with a few good action sequences to thrill us at the ending but in the middle the project gets very, very boring. This kind of material on Godard or Gavras hands would be amazing or at least interesting, better developed on screen.

This so-called leftist revolutionists and their ideas fall flat because while fighting to implant their revolution they prefer to get arrested than to get killed, in fact, they don't have a cause - but we can assume they're opposed to America's control on everything. True believers in ideals would prefer to die than go to jail. So why we should care for them? The idea of fighting back never occur to them and their characters aren't people we can relate with. The main problem with "NADA" besides of not having a speech or something relevant to show and say, is filled with long dialogs (specially the ones concerning the police) that goes nowhere, driving viewers to insanity.

Good action sequences; a nice ending; and a handsome actor like Testi, are not enough to raise a movie from its dreadful depths. Very disappointing. 3/10


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