After a brusque, left-wing radio personality gets viciously gunned down in Chicago, the FBI moves in to suss out the perpetrators, who belong to a white supremacist organization in the Corn Belt. The bureau dispatches green agent Cathy Weaver (Debra Winger) to infiltrate the community and expose the group’s involvement, but she jeopardizes the investigation when she falls for the chief suspect (Tom Berenger, in a sinister performance).
Costa-Gavras is a Greek filmmaker, best known for films with overt political themes, most famously the fast-paced thriller, Z (1969). Most of his movies were made in French; starting with Missing (1982), several were made in English.
Gavras was born in Loutra Iraias, Arcadia. His family spent the Second World War in a village in the Peloponnese, and moved to Athens after the war. His father had been a member of the left-wing EAM branch of the Greek Resistance, and was imprisoned after the war as a suspected communist. His father’s record made it impossible for him to attend university or emigrate to the United States, so after high school Costa Gavras went to France, where he began his studies of law in 1951.
In 1956, he left his university studies to study film at the French national film school, IDHEC. After film school, he apprenticed under Yves Allégret, and became an assistant director for Jean Giono and René Clair. After several further positions as first assistant… read more
When I saw this in the spring of 2008, I had no idea how relevant it would be a few years later with the rise of the Tea Party and the resurgence of white pride as a malicious influence in politics. Some parts are ridiculous (the hit list of celebrities targeted for assassination) but others are eerily spot-on ("Get out of here, Jezebel!"). Not Costa-Gavras' best, but still an important film.
I went into this knowing absolutely nothing. In fact, I was expecting a love story. Does it border on cheesy? Yes, and it's not exactly a masterpiece. It's a film that reaches every level of movie viewer. But it's terrifying. There is no doubt in my mind that this type of KKK activity exists in America and it keeps me from sleeping at night. This movie really spooked me...