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El prisionero 13 (1933)

El Prisionero 13 (Prisoner 13) is part of the trilogy of films made by Fernando Fuentes concerning the Mexican Revolution. The film centers on the drunkard Colonel Carrasco, whose wife ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfredo del Diestro ...
Luis G. Barreiro ...
Zertuche
Adela Sequeyro ...
Marta
Arturo Campoamor ...
Juan
Adela Jaloma ...
Gloria
Emma Roldán ...
Margarita Ramos
Alicia Bolaños ...
Lola
Antonio R. Frausto ...
Enrique Madariaga - preso
Luis Sánchez Tello ...
Capitán Salgado
Joaquín Coss ...
Ordóñez
Ricardo Carti ...
José
Octavio Martínez ...
Preso
Fernando A. Rivero ...
Preso suicida
Ana Guerrero
Roberto Gavaldón ...
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El Prisionero 13 (Prisoner 13) is part of the trilogy of films made by Fernando Fuentes concerning the Mexican Revolution. The film centers on the drunkard Colonel Carrasco, whose wife Marta leaves him taking his young son. The child, Juan, grows into an admirable and well-mannered young man. Having been promoted to a higher rank of power amidst the Mexican Revolution, the indulgent and corrupt Colonel accepts a bribe to free a revolutionary, Felipe Martinez, from his prison. Martinez has been sentenced to execution at the hands of a firing squad. Carrasco asks to have the revolutionary replaced by absolutely anyone. In a twist of fate, that anyone turns out to be his own long lost son Juan. Upon receiving this news, Marta races to the prison and explains the predicament to Carrasco. He subsequently desperately attempts to prevent the gunning down of his son by his very own government officials. Written by Dharmender Singh Dhillon

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31 May 1933 (Mexico)  »

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El prisionero trece  »

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Unique representation amongst Fuentes's trilogy
7 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a very watchable film by Fuente's which is unique amongst his revolutionary trilogy as it doesn't focus on historical figures such as Pancho Villa or Emiliano Zapata, but rather centres on a story of corruption which could have been depicted in a time many years earlier or after the war. In this sense it is somewhat of a more timeless tale of the greed and corruption of man. Through a well written script and a superb performance by Alfredo del Diestro El Prisionero 13 is a captivating film which encapsulates the sense of chaos prevalent within Mexican Society at the time of the Revolution through the means of a rather simple and small parable.


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