A Captain's Honor (1982)

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During a televised debate on the Algerian war in the early 1980s, Professor Paulet denounced the methods of Captain Caron, killed in action in 1957. The widow of the captain, Patricia, decided to file a defamation suit.


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  • Pierre Schoendoerffer in A Captain's Honor (1982)
  • Jacques Perrin in A Captain's Honor (1982)
  • Pierre Schoendoerffer and Jacques Perrin in A Captain's Honor (1982)
  • Jacques Perrin in A Captain's Honor (1982)
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9 January 2008 | emmanuel-zitnik
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| An excellent film about the Algeria war
As usual, Pierre schoendoerffer is very sympathetic to soldiers in the most excellent movie from the early 80s, which tells the story of a dead Captain whose memory is publicly trashed on TV, 20 years after his death. The film is about his widow's struggle to prove that he wasn't a murderer and didn't practice torture while he was leading a ground unit during the Algeria war.

She decides to sue the man who accused him of being a torturer and thus begins an investigation which retraces the Captain's last 2 weeks, day by day.

The actors are awesome, which is pretty common in Schoendoerffer's movies. The storyline is using numerous flashbacks depicting battle scenes in Algeria, hunts for terrorists and shots of the Captain's previous life (resistant in WW2 and prisoner in Indochina).

All in all this is a very humanistic movie which main message could be that war is rarely a matter of Good Vs Evil, but rather a matter of Good Vs another Good.

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