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State of Siege

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State of Siege (État de Siège)
Etat de siege Poster.jpg
Original French Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
ITA.jpg Italy
GER.jpg West Germany
Directed by Costa-Gavras
Release Date 1972
Language French
Studio Reggane Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Philip Michael Santore Yves Montand
Captain Lopez Renato Salvatori
Carlos Ducas O.E. Hasse
Hugo Jacques Weber
Este Jean-Luc Bideau
Campos Rafael Benavente

State of Siege (original title État de Siège) is a 1972 French-Italian-West German political thriller directed by Costa-Gavras. The film follows the story of Philip Michael Santore (Yves Montand), a US advisor in Uruguay, who is kidnapped by the Tupamaros, a local leftist urban guerrilla group. The film is an exploration of the real-life kidnapping and execution of Dan Mitrione, a US advisor in Latin America who taught and perfected advanced interrogation torture techniques during the US-backed wave of right-wing military dictatorships in Latin America during the Cold War, known as "Operation Condor."

The following weapons were used in the film State of Siege:


Mle 1892 Revolver

Mle 1892 Revolvers are used by both police and guerrillas.

Modele d’Ordonnance Mle 1892 Revolver - 8x27mm SR
A uniformed policeman is armed with a Mauser rifle and a revolver in a holster.
A guerrilla fighter uses a revolver.
A man in a grey suit holds a revolver that resembles an Mle 1892, but seems to have a longer barrel.
Police commissioner Romero (Roberto Navarrete) (at the right) holds a revolver, taken from an arrested guerrilla.
Romero arrests another guerrillas.

Smith & Wesson Military & Police

Smith & Wesson Military & Police revolvers are also seen in the hands of guerrillas and police agents.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver - .38 Special
A guerrilla fighter aims his M&P revolver.
A guerrilla fighter disarms Santore's driver-bodyguard during the kidnapping.
He holds his own revolver and one with ivory grips, taken from a bodyguard.
A guerrilla fighter aims his revolver at Brazilian consul Campos (Rafael Benavente).
A plainclothes police detective with an M&P revolver.



Numerous guerrillas use M1911A1-style pistols. Some of them are stainless steel or nickel plated.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP. This has a deep Colt factory blued finish, common for commercial variants before and after the war.
Satin Nickel M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP. Manufactured on license by Remington Rand - nickel plated later by its owner.
A female guerrilla fighter draws a 1911, hidden in a newspaper.
Two guerrillas aim their pistols (stainless steel or nickel plated) at Philip Michael Santore during the kidnapping.
A closer view of one of these pistols.
A blued 1911 is seen at the left.
A stainless steel or nickel plated 1911 is seen on the bed.
Police Capt. Lopez (Renato Salvatori) aims his 1911 at arrested guerrillas.

Star Model B

One of Capt. Lopez's assistants is armed with a pistol that appears to be a Star Model B.

Star Model B Pistol, blued finish - 9x19mm. This is a screen used Star Model B from the 1987 film The Untouchables.
Lopez's assistant holds his pistol during the arrest of several guerrillas.
A closer view of the pistol. The shape of the grip matches a Star better than an original M1911.

Colt Model 1903

In several scenes, the guerrillas are armed with pistols that appear to be Colt Model 1903s.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol Blued - .32 ACP
A female guerrilla fighter aims her pistol at a man in a car.
A man in a blue suit holds a pistol that resembles a Colt M1903.

Walther P38

Several guerrillas are armed with Walther P38 pistols.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
A guerrilla fighter threatens Santore with his pistol.
A masked guerrilla fighter threatens kidnapped Brazilian consul Campos (Rafael Benavente) with his pistol.


At least one guerrilla fighter is armed with a pistol that appears to be some version of the Ruby.

Garate, Anitua y Cia Ruby-Type Pistol - .32 ACP
A man accidentally fires at Santorre during the kidnapping.

Submachine Guns


MAT-49 SMGs are used by both police and guerrillas.

MAT-49 - 9x19mm
A policeman with a MAT-49 at the doors of the police precinct.
A masked guerrilla fighter holds Santore at gunpoint.


During the night execution, a death squad member is armed with an MP40.

MP40 - 9x19mm
An MP40 is seen at the foreground.

Bergmann MP35

One of the guerrillas guarding Santore is armed with a Bergmann MP35.

Bergmann MP35/I - 9x19mm
A close view of the barrel.
A masked guerrilla fighter holds his SMG.
Another view of the SMG.

Sten Mk II

Sten Mk II SMGs are used by both police and guerrillas.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
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Plainclothes police agents carry Stens in the opening scene.
A guerrilla fighter holds a Sten during the kidnapping.
A policeman patrols the streets with a Sten.

M1928A1 Thompson

In several scenes, policemen carry M1928A1 Thompson SMGs.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP. This specimen has the sling swivel relocated to the top of the stock, a modification often made to Thompsons in British service.
Etat de siege-Thompson-1.jpg
A policeman holds a Thompson during the arrest of several suspected guerrillas.
Two Thompsons are seen during the night execution.

Thompson SMG (Replica)

In one scene, a policeman carries an SMG. These are most likely one of those movie prop Thompsons with imitation of shooting that were used in some European films, such as Cuba and Hell of the Living Dead, and, apparently are designed to shoot some sort of blank (like flash paper).

Etat de siege-SMG-4.jpg
This one prop appears to have the stock removed, and the shoulder strap is attached instead.

Walther MPL

In the opening scene, several plainclothes police agents carry submachine guns that appear to be Walther MPLs.

Walther MPL with stock extended - 9x19mm
The general shape of the SMG resembles a Walther.
The folding stock is seen.


Chilean Mauser M1895

Numerous soldiers and policemen carry M1895 Chilean Mauser rifles (the movie was shot in Chile).

Mauser 1895 Rifle - 7x57mm Mauser
A soldier with a rifle is seen in the opening scene.
Soldiers at the right and in center carry Mauser M95 rifles.

Karabiner 98k

Karabiner 98k rifles are also used by soldiers and police.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A soldier carries a 98k rifle.
A soldier holds a 98k rifle.
A 98k is seen during the night execution.
Soldiers with 98k rifles during the police raid. Some of these rifles strangely have straight bolt handles while all other features match 98k, even a notch for a bent bolt handle.

M1 Carbine

Some policemen carry M1 Carbines.

The Modern Manufactured version of the M1 Carbine, with standard stock, from Auto-Ordnance (affiliated with Kahr Arms and Thompson Arms) - .30 Carbine
A barrel of an M1 Carbine is seen during the night execution.

Unidentified Rifle

A policeman (in blue uniform) at the left holds an unknown rifle with a short stock and long barrel.

Unidentified sniper rifle

In one scene, a death squad sniper fires a sniper rifle at a leftist politician. The rifle is seen only partially.

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