A Captain's Honor

A Captain's Honor (French: L'Honneur d'un capitaine) is a 1982 French war film directed by Pierre Schoendoerffer.

A Captain's Honor
Directed byPierre Schoendoerffer
Produced byGeorges de Beauregard
Written byJean-François Chauvel
Pierre Schoendoerffer
Daniel Yonnet
StarringNicole Garcia
Jacques Perrin
Georges Wilson
Charles Denner
Claude Jade
Georges Marchal
Christophe Malavoy
Jean Vigny
Florent Pagny
Music byPhilippe Sarde
CinematographyBernard Lutic
Edited byMichèle Lavigne
Release date
  • 29 December 1982 (1982-12-29)
Running time
117 minutes


A courtroom-drama about a dead Captain whose memory is publicly accused by a historian on TV, twenty years after his death. The story follows his widow's struggle to prove that he was not a murderer and did not practise torture while he was leading a ground unit during the Algerian war.

She decides to sue the man who accused him of being a torturer and thus begins an investigation which retraces the Captain's last two weeks, day by day.

The film uses numerous flashbacks depicting battle scenes in Algeria.


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