Z (1969)

Based on true events, "Z" is the award-winning drama about a political activist's murder and its investigation by a dogged prosecutor which uncovers a conspiracy of government and military.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 26, 1969
DVD Release Date: July 2, 2002
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Powerfully effective, this anti-fascist political thriller stands out as both high-conscience melodrama and high-tempo action movie.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

It is a great film for many reasons, not the least of which is that it can be enjoyed as a political thriller as well as a political statement.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

In its slick cinematic urgency and its outrage, Z still has the power to shake you up.

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Phil Hall
EDGE Boston

Required viewing for any lover of political thrillers.

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Jonathan F. Richards

It's hard to overstate the impact that this Oscar-winning procedural thriller had in 1969, on a world roiling in political activism, repression, and discord.

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Dana Stevens

Z combines the intellectual heft of revolution-themed films like The Battle of Algiers with the drop-dead cool of mod touchstones like Blow Out or Le Samouraï.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... thrilling, compelling, run through with vivid supporting characters and narrative twists and turns that have the dramatic punch of fiction even when based on real events.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Z, whose title is a stand-in for the Greek word zei ('he lives'), takes us back to where that fascination all began for Costa-Gavras and shows us that, for the rest of us, it hasn't ever really ended.

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Fascism has been driven underground, but a dose of Costa-Gavra's electrifyingly brutal 1969 political thriller Z will rattle you all the same.

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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Four decades later, this glimpse into the machinations of political violence, intolerance, willful ignorance, and systemic oppression has lost none of its urgent relevance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Devon Bott
"Z" is a film of the sixties, even more so perhaps than "Woodstock". The film shows what the effects of public protest can have on the… More
Spencer S.
Tension, political outrage, lies, and the people trying to turn them into truths. These are some of the evident and amazingly displayed themes of the political… More
Kevin M. Williams
Old school mallet about murderous corruption in high places when a charismatic anti-status quo leader is mysteriously struck down during a public rally. An… More
Stella Dallas
one the most important films of the 60's, it may have lost some of it's immediacy in the 40 intervening years but it's still a brilliant… More
Josh Morris
Z is a very original and fast paced political thriller, full of surprises throughout. Greek director Costa Gravas made a depiction of an actual assination of… More
familiar stranger
Heavily applauded at its release, this political thriller today comes across as somewhat "being there, seen it all" experience. Having said that, it… More