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I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed (2005)

J'ai vu tuer Ben Barka (original title)
My name is Georges Figon. Okay I'm dead but, being the talkative kind, death isn't going to stop me from speaking. Yes, I'm a shady individual. Sure I have links with the underworld and ... See full summary »


Serge Le Péron, Saïd Smihi (co-director)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Berling ... Georges Figon
Simon Abkarian ... Mehdi Ben Barka
Josiane Balasko ... Marguerite Duras
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Georges Franju
Fabienne Babe Fabienne Babe ... Anne-Marie Coffinet
Mathieu Amalric ... Philippe Bernier
Azize Kabouche ... Chtouki
François Hadji-Lazaro ... Le Ny
Jean-Marie Winling Jean-Marie Winling ... Maître Pierre Lemarchand
Franck Tiozzo Franck Tiozzo ... Georges Boucheseiche
Jo Prestia ... Dubail
José María Blanco José María Blanco ... Juge
Georges Bigot Georges Bigot ... Inspecteur Louis Souchon
Rony Kramer Rony Kramer ... Lopez
Xavier Serrat Xavier Serrat ... Voitot


My name is Georges Figon. Okay I'm dead but, being the talkative kind, death isn't going to stop me from speaking. Yes, I'm a shady individual. Sure I have links with the underworld and other dark forces. But luring Ben Barka, the Moroccan opposition leader, into a trap was mainly an opportunity for me to become a great movie producer. Nothing political about it. Just the big money. And my girlfriend, actress Anne-Marie Coffinet, will become a star thanks to me. I have already been able to sign Georges Franju as the director,Marguerite Duras as the scriptwriter and Ben Barka as the technical advisor of a film that will never be. What I didn't know is that I had hired the Grim Reaper as the Nemesis... Written by Guy Bellinger

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France | Morocco


Arabic | French

Release Date:

2 November 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ben Barka gyilkosság See more »


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One of the characters mentions reading 'Buck John'. These are a series of western adventures published in France, with the full title 'Buck John le bayard de Far West'. The English versions were published under the title 'Buck Jones' by Cowboy Comics (a Fleetway publication). They are based on the silent movie star, Buck Jones. Prior to his death, he had given permission for his name to be used in a comic book series. The series ran until around 1953 (USA) and was a important source of income for his widow Odille. See more »


When Figon shows Anne-Marie his gun, the position of his hand on the gun varies depending up whether the shot is from her point of view or his. See more »


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a film noir in full color!
5 November 2005 | by ondine-le-cesneSee all my reviews

it takes courage to make a stylish film nowadays, especially about a neglected -nearly obsolete today shall I say- political scandal. Through a clever use of newsreel footage, it brings us to a crucial thought: the 60s attended the birth of some major humanist leaders from Che Guevara, Ho Chi Min, Martin Luther King to Ben Barka who were mostly to be assassinated. Its highly-charged atmosphere and frantic pace reminded me of some Billy Wilder film noir pictures of whom the director must have definitely been under the influence,let's say the voice-off intro of Charles Berling talking about his story while we're seeing him lying dead on the floor of his apartment sends you directly to Sunset Bld. -without the bloody swimming-pool, the chaptered montage winks at Fortune Cookie,... which is overly rejoicing not only because of that Wilderesque presence but it shows that somehow some directors still bears in mind that movies -whatever their subject- have to be entertaining in a sense that they'll procure pleasure to its viewer. A lot could be said about the effort of historical reenactment: in spite of its obviously low budget -see Berling's mustache and fake scar, it's very efficient thanks to its brilliant casting - Jean-Pierre Léaud as a paranoid Georges Franju, an impressive Simon Abkarian as Ben Barka, only Josianne Balasko seems not very convincing in an obese Marguerite Duras who was still a gorgeous woman at that time- and very touching details of that times that goes from the cramped telephone booth to vintage cigarettes boxes.

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