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State Reasons (1978)

La raison d'état (original title)
Professor Marrot obtained the secret documents containing evidence of the illegal weapon transactions between the French government, in the face of its high official Leroi, and two African ... See full summary »

Director:

André Cayatte

Writers:

André Cayatte (scenario and dialogue), Jean Curtelin (scenario and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Yanne ... Jean-Philippe Leroi
Monica Vitti ... Angela Ravelli
Michel Bouquet ... Francis Jobin
François Périer ... le professeur Marrot
Jean-Claude Bouillon Jean-Claude Bouillon ... Bernard Moulin
Hubert Gignoux Hubert Gignoux ... le ministre de la Guerre
Gabriel Jabbour Gabriel Jabbour ... Meslan
André Reybaz André Reybaz ... Security Chief
Jean Rougerie Jean Rougerie ... Le premier ministre
Michèle Lituac Michèle Lituac ... Françoise
Georges Chamarat ... Le jardinier de Marrot
Jess Hahn ... agent de la CIA
Maristella Greco Maristella Greco ... La secrétaire de Meslan
Ermanno Casanova Ermanno Casanova ... Le biologiste (as Ermano Casanova)
Jean-Pierre Delage Jean-Pierre Delage ... Un frère de Marrot
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Storyline

Professor Marrot obtained the secret documents containing evidence of the illegal weapon transactions between the French government, in the face of its high official Leroi, and two African countries. Before making the public statement Marrot finds himself under surveillance. In the critical circumstances his italian friend and partner Angela takes action and the game continues...

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 April 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Razão de Estado See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The Italian candidate
25 June 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The subject which Cayatte tackled in the late seventies was not legend;it was fact.Everybody knew that France was the world's third arms seller and that they sometimes sold weapons to countries which were enemies.

In the movie,Tongo and Zana ,two imaginary countries which sound African.Two biologists know more than they do.First the professor Marrot ,then Angela Ravelli (Monica Vitti) try to alert public opinion.

It's more a thriller than a truly political movie,and it's more entertainment than thought.But it was a courageous move from Cayatte ,the first French director who made a film about death penalty in 1952.


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