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Weak Spot (1975)

La faille (original title)
A quiet man in his forties is arrested for a minor reason and sent to prison.


Peter Fleischmann


Antonis Samarakis (novel), Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Piccoli ... Investigator
Ugo Tognazzi ... Georgis
Mario Adorf ... Manager
Adriana Asti ... Girlfriend
Dimos Starenios ... Police superintendent
Thymios Karakatsanis ... Hairdresser
Costas Skifas Costas Skifas ... Man in grey
Nina Andoulinaki Nina Andoulinaki ... Girl at the beach
Eva Krini Eva Krini ... Girl at the beach
Kostas Baladimas ... Museum curator
Vangelis Kazan ... Man with newspaper
Panayotis Fyrios Panayotis Fyrios ... Museum old guardian
Katerina Helmy ... Police secretary
Giorgos Tzifos Giorgos Tzifos ... Police agent
Alekos Boubis Alekos Boubis ... Police agent (as Alecos Boubis)


A quiet man in his forties is arrested for a minor reason and sent to prison.

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italy | prison | based on novel | See All (3) »




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France | Italy | West Germany



Release Date:

18 June 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A harmadik fokozat See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Antonis Samarakis: The author of the book this film is based on can be seen briefly at the police station being dragged by two officers. See more »

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Good seventies political thriller
16 May 2003 | by Mikew3001See all my reviews

Greece 1974 - during the brutal era of the military government, and innocent tourist manager (Ugo Tognazzi) is accused of being a member of the illegal resistance movement. Two secret agents (Michel Piccoli and Mario Adorf) are bringing the innocent victim to Athens. During their trip, their car breaks down, and they're stopping in a small village. From now on, everybody is fighting against each other, and a psychological cat-and mouse-play is starting...

Filmed shorty after the end of the military terror regime in Greece, "Der dritte Grad" is less a political thriller in the wake of Watergate and Co. but rather a well-done psycho thriller about terror, angst, obedience, torture and sheer naked aggression. The plot focuses on the three men, all brilliantly played by the Italian-German cast of Ugnazzi, Piccoli and Adorf, and the fast-pacing action of the second half of this movie and the surprising end makes this movie an outstanding European "Politthriller", directed by German Peter Fleischmann. If you've got the rare occasion to watch this film, do it!

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