The American Trap

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  100 min.
Release Date: May 16, 2008 (limited)
DVD: November 4, 2008

Current rating: Rating: 4.17
based on 135 votes and 6 reviews
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Cast: Rémy Girard, Gerard Darmon, Colm Feore, Joe Cobden, Janet Lane


It is the mid-1960s. The Cold War is raging. The world is still reeling from the assassination of JFK—but has yet to lose his kid brother Bobby. In the midst of all this, a reluctant hero by the name of Lucien Rivard becomes enmeshed in a web of global political intrigue and corruption. The United States, Russia and France are embroiled in a strategic battle over Third World natural resources.

To keep the upper hand, each of their secret services has joined forces with various organized crime factions. Lucien is the go-between, travelling to the casinos of Havana, the night clubs of Dallas, the seedy heroin labs of Marseille, the tropical jungles of Indonesia and the urban jungles of New Orleans and Montreal. As tensions heat up, he becomes a secret weapon for a black ops organization over which he has no control—and an unwitting protagonist as a tragic chain of events begins to unfold before his very eyes.

  Canadian Connection: Partly filmed in Montreal. Some cast members are Canadian.

Director: Charles Binamé
Studio: Alliance Vivafilm
Producer(s): Fabienne Larouche, Michel Trudeau
Screenplay: Fabienne Larouche, Michel Trudeau
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  • 5 stars "Closest version of the truth I've been able to assess and confirm from the in-depth sources available in Waldron, Groden, Lane, Marrs, and others. Wonderful film. A true classic. Like an old friend, each time I return to the story I get a glimpse of something extraordinarily new, yet strangely familiar."
  • 4 stars "superb"