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The Colonel (2006)

Mon colonel (original title)
A "Reformed Colonel" is found dead in Paris, a couple of decades after Algeria's struggle for independence was won from France. Lieutenant Galois is assigned the investigation of this ... See full summary »

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Laurent Herbiet
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivier Gourmet ... Le colonel Raoul Duplan
Robinson Stévenin Robinson Stévenin ... Le lieutenant Guy Rossi
Cécile de France ... Le lieutenant Galois (as Cécile De France)
Charles Aznavour ... Le Père Rossi
Bruno Solo Bruno Solo ... Le commandant Reidacher
Éric Caravaca ... René Ascensio
Guillaume Gallienne ... Le sous-préfet
Georges Siatidis ... Le capitaine Roger
Thierry Hancisse ... Commissaire Quitard
Jacques Boudet Jacques Boudet ... Le sénateur-maire
Wladimir Yordanoff ... Le chef d'état-major
Bruno Lochet ... L'adjudant Schmeck
Hervé Pauchon Hervé Pauchon ... Le commandant de Villedieu
Christophe Rouzaud Christophe Rouzaud ... Le général Bibendum
Philippe Chevallier Philippe Chevallier ... Le directeur de l'école
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Storyline

A "Reformed Colonel" is found dead in Paris, a couple of decades after Algeria's struggle for independence was won from France. Lieutenant Galois is assigned the investigation of this murder. She receives the diary of Lieutenent Guy Rossi who served under The Colonel in Algeria in 1956, and has been reported as missing in action since 1957. The revelations found in Rossi's diary go far beyond The Colonel's actions in Algeria, and give an insight on how dirty Algeria's War for Independence really was. Written by Gonz30

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | History | War

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Official Sites:

Pathé [France]

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 November 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Oberst und ich See more »

Filming Locations:

Blida, Algeria See more »

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Budget:

€3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Due to the tense situation in Algeria where the movie was shot, the crew and cast had to be constantly escorted by Algerian servicemen. Nevertheless Olivier Gourmet once found himself alone walking across a district of an Algerian town on his way to the filming dressed as a French colonel. Fortunately, no harm ensued. See more »

Quotes

Le colonel Raoul Duplan: Worn out Rossi?
Le lieutenant Guy Rossi: Morally, sir.
Le colonel Raoul Duplan: Morality is those 5 grenades.
Le lieutenant Guy Rossi: I'm not made for this.
Le colonel Raoul Duplan: No one is. But at least you don't enjoy it.
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Soundtracks

Caroline, Caroline
Music by Vincent Scotto
Lyrics by Ferdinand-Louis Bénech and Vincent Telly
Performed by Bourvil
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Diary of a French soldier who is a lawyer in training and must do the will of his Colonel against an Algerian Insurgency 40 years ago against major moral and legal doubts.
13 September 2006 | by TVandMovies-ManSee all my reviews

This is a well made and relevant film that explores the moral, ethical and legal implications of war against an insurgency. Rossi, a young French soldier who is a lawyer in training enlists into the Army and goes to Algeria where the French were trying to pacify Algeria 40 years ago. Rossi's experiences with his Colonel and the methods used by the Colonel against the insurgency puts Rossi in an impossible situation. The story alternates between the war and present day where a murder investigation is under way and a mysterious diary of Rossi is being mailed anonymously in pieces by someone and read by a sympathetic and riveted female soldier who is investigating the murder that seems to be related to Rossi's diary and the events described within.


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