The Assassination (1972)

PG   |    |  Thriller


The Assassination (1972) Poster

Sadiel, rebel leader in a North African state, takes refuge in Switzerland in the aftermath of a coup. Aware of the threat posed by Sadiel, the ruthless Colonel Kassar contacts the French ... See full summary »


6.8/10
493

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Cast & Crew

Top Billed Cast



Director:

Yves Boisset

Writers:

Ben Barzman (original scenario), Basilio Franchina (original scenario), Jorge Semprún (adaptation)

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


9 March 2013 | vostf
5
| Tense plot but loose execution
Basically the script was good material but not challenged enough by a young Yves Boisset, who could actually feel overwhelmed/content with the dream team he had to work with.

First the hero is too much of a negative schmuck. It would have changed absolutely nothing in the plot to rewrite this character as a little more of a good guy with dark undertones. It is fine to have the big shots disparage him as an inconsistent loser but, movie-wise, it is better to have a slightly too idealistic a character than a downright bitter failed writer.

Then the other characters are quite good, but they lack one good scene, one devastating line to nail the storyline. As such L'Attentat feels more like the pedestrian telling of a politically-charged story where they have cameos. Too bad to have such a cast, comprising J-L Trintignant, M. Piccoli, Ph. Noiret, Gian Maria Volonte, J. Bouise, B. Cremer, Jean Seberg and Roy Sheider, only to have them gently speaking their lines, without their inner genius ever surfacing from it all.

In the end, this early 70s conspiracy flick fails where most movies in the genre will succeed: here lie too many visible parts of the conspiracy, the chain of command is too obvious, and thus it lacks the sense of fatality of one fine guy pitted against obscure and unassailable forces.

Critic Reviews


More Like This

The Corruption of Chris Miller

The Corruption of Chris Miller

Dead of Summer

Dead of Summer

The Big Delirium

The Big Delirium

The Wild Duck

The Wild Duck

Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill!

Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill!

Lilith

Lilith

Line of Demarcation

Line of Demarcation

Macho Callahan

Macho Callahan

The Cop

The Cop

Gang War in Naples

Gang War in Naples

Moment to Moment

Moment to Moment

Pendulum

Pendulum

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Thriller

6 Classic "Friends" Episodes to Make You Laugh

Now that all 10 seasons of "Friends" are available to stream, we've found 6 classic episodes that are guaranteed to make you laugh.

Watch the video

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com