Amidou, (August 2, 1935 – September 19, 2013).

Amidou_-_Sorcerer_screenshotAmidou (Hamidou Benmessaoud), the Moroccan actor so key to Sorcerer‘s impact, passed away on the 19th. I’ve always found his performance uncomfortably authentic — an intense mix of faith, fanaticism and violence that is somehow sympathetic. It’s to his credit — along with William Friedkin and Walon Green, of course — that we care when he meets his end.

Aside from a long, distinguished career in Moroccan film, TV and theater, Amidou appeared in the vastly overlooked John Frankenheimer film, Ronin (1998).


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3 Responses to Amidou, (August 2, 1935 – September 19, 2013).

  1. Very, very sad news – I considered getting in touch with him for an interview regarding Sorcerer just a few days ago…I hope there are some interviews with him done for the upcoming bluray release, and if not, I hope there are some archival ones. Now all the leads are on the other side…I wonder if Amidou got the chance to attend Venice and if he saw the restored print. I haven’t seen the movie “Love, Life, Death” by Lelouch that impressed Friedkin so much that he got his name from there, but I have it, Now I feel compelled to see it.

    • Toby says:

      It’s sad that the Sorcerer cast isn’t around to see their work get the recognition it deserved so many years ago — even Joe Spinell and Ramon Bieri have passed.

  2. Jono Schneider says:

    His intensity in this film is mind blowing. Just saw it again the other day at the Berkeley PFA.

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