I as in Icarus (1979, France)

Original title: I... comme Icare

conspiracy theoriesmurder plotpolice investigationpolitical assassinationpolitical mystery

I as in Icarus I... comme Icare 1979 mystery movie

Running time: 120 minutes

Language: French

In a fictitious European country, president Marc Jarry is assassinated while his open-top car stops in the middle of the street, surrounded by the public. The killer armed with a sniper rifle is spotted on the top of the building and killed by unknown person when he tried to escape. The official investigation supports the theory of a lone gunman with mental problems as the culprit, but attorney general Henri Volney refuses to sign the final report. He is given the permission to continue the investigation and find the answers to all the questions he has put during the televised interview. He slowly reveals all the elements that put together could reveal a conspiracy theory.

Clearly I... comme Icare is a story of JFK assassination told as it would take place in some fictitious country. But instead of simply presenting the investigation, creators ask the questions that were never asked in the JFK case. If the long gunman is a madman, as it is presented in official conclusions, is he mad and thus shot the president or is he considered mad because he shot the president? If he wasn’t alone, then what inspired him to kill the politician? If he was only a scapegoat, how could anyone be entangled in conspiracy without realizing it?

Great movie definitely worth knowing, if not for the JFK theory, then for the things we can all learn about ourselves - what can push us to do things, we can’t imagine we would do in normal circumstances, even if it means killing a nation leader.

Do you like brain-teasers?

Our rating

8 / 10

Movie value

10 / 10

Realism factor

4 / 5

Adventure factor

4 / 5

Story complexity

4 / 5


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Creators of I as in Icarus

Henri Verneuil films

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Cast of I as in Icarus

Yves Montand films

Yves Montand

as Henri Volney

Michel Albertini films

Michel Albertini

as Luigi Lacosta

Roland Amstutz films

Roland Amstutz

as Pierre Gregory

Jean-Pierre Bagot films

Jean-Pierre Bagot

as Michael Mix

Roland Blanche films

Roland Blanche

as Garcia Santos

Jacques Bryland films

Jacques Bryland

as Nicolas Rosenko

Erick Desmarestz films

Erick Desmarestz

as Bob Dagan

Michel Dussarat films

Michel Dussarat

as Robert Kosheba

Brigitte Lahaie films

Brigitte Lahaie

as Ursula Hoffmann

I as in Icarus 1979 mystery movie