• The Battle of Algiers (1967)

The Battle of Algiers

Release Date: September 20th, 1967

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 5 min

Plot Summary

Paratrooper commander Colonel Mathieu (Jean Martin), a former French Resistance fighter during World War II, is sent to 1950s Algeria to reinforce efforts to squelch the uprisings of the Algerian War. There he faces Ali la Pointe (Brahim Haggiag), a former petty criminal who, as the leader of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale, directs terror strategies against the colonial French government occupation. As each side resorts to ever-increasing brutality, no violent act is too unthinkable.

Cast: Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Brahim Haggiag, Tommaso Neri, Samia Kerbash, Michele Kerbash, Fusia El Kader, Mohamed Ben Kassen

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo

Genres: War , Historical drama

Production Co: Cashbah, Igor Film

Distributors: Rizzoli, Criterion Collection, Image Entertainment Inc., Rialto Pictures

Keywords: Pursuit, Prison, 1950s, Revenge, 1960s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Like all masterpieces, it speaks to later ages as powerfully and intelligently as to its own. show more

  • 100
    Marta BarberMiami Herald

    An extraordinary movie that ruffled many feathers when it first came out. Almost 40 years later, it retains the poignancy it delivered back then. Its message is not lost in our present state of affairs. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It may be a deeper film experience than many audiences can withstand: too cynical, too true, too cruel and too heartbreaking. It is about the Algerian war, but those not interested in Algeria may substitute another war; The Battle of Algiers has a universal frame of reference. show more

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Winner Golden Lion for best movie
Mostra del Cinema di Venezia (1966)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Foreign Language Film
Nominated Writing (Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen)
Winner United Nations Award
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)