State of Siege is a 120 minute 1972 French film directed by Costa-Gavras, starring Yves Montand and Renato Salvatori. Yves Montand plays Philip Michael Santore, an official of the United States Agency for International Development, an organization sometimes used as a front for training foreign police in “counterinsurgency methods”. Santore is kidnapped by a group of urban guerrillas. The story is based by Costa-Gavras on an actual incident in Uruguay in 1970 when U.S. Embassy official Dan Mitrione was kidnapped and killed. Using Santore's interrogation by his captors as a backdrop, the film explores the often brutal consequences of the struggle between the repressive government of Montevideo and the leftist Tupamaro guerrillas. Using death squads, the government decimates the revolutionary group.
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