L’Honneur D’Un Capitain / A Captain's Honor

TitleL’Honneur D’Un Capitain / A Captain's Honor
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1982
AuthorsSchoendoerffer, Pierre
Running Time1h 57m
Distributor Bela Productions, TF1 Films Production
Publication LanguageFrench

Pierre Schoendoerffer directs this riveting French courtroom drama, about dead Captain Marcel Caron, played by Jacques Perrin, whose memory is publicly damaged by the historian Professor Paulet on TV, twenty years after his death. Captain Caron’s widow, played by Nicole Garcia,  seeks to rehabilitate her husband's tarnished image after the Algerian War of Independence. (1954–62). She sues the historian to prove that her husband was not a murderer and did not practice torture while he was leading a ground unit during the Algerian War. The trial recreates the last two weeks of the life of the captain, serving as a larger metaphor to investigate and exonerate the French for committing human rights violations in the former colony.


Nicole Garcia

Jacques Perrin

Charles Denner

Georges Wilson

Georges Marchal

Robert Etcheverry

Claude Jade

Jean-François Poron

Hubert Gignoux

Jean Vigny

Christophe Malavoy


Produced by Georges de Beauregard

Directed by Pierre Schoendoerffer

Written by Pierre Schoendoerffer, Jean-François Chauvel, and Daniel Yonnet

Cinematography by Bernard Lutic

Edited by Michèle Lavigne

Music by Philippe Sarde

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