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Costa-Gavras puts the United States’ involvement in Latin American politics under the microscope in this arresting thriller. An urban guerrilla group, outraged at the counterinsurgency and torture training clandestinely organized by the CIA in their country (unnamed in the film), abducts a U.S. official (Yves Montand) to bargain for the release of political prisoners; soon the kidnapping becomes a media sensation, leading to violence. Cowritten by Franco Solinas, the electrifying State of Siege piercingly critiques the American government for supporting foreign dictatorships, while also asking difficult questions about the efficacy of radical violent acts to oppose such regimes.

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Special Features New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Costa-Gavras, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray New conversation between Costa-Gavras and film scholar Peter Cowie NBC News excerpts from 1970 on the kidnapping of Dan A. Mitrione, on which the film is based New English subtitle translation PLUS: An essay by journalist Mark Danner
New and improved English subtitle translation
Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

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