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10 November 1942 (Portugal) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alfredo Mayo ... José Churruca

Ana Mariscal ... Marisol Mendoza

José Nieto ... Pedro Churruca

Blanca de Silos ... Isabel Churruca
Rosina Mendía ... Isabel Acuña de Churruca
Pilar Soler ... National Spy
Julio Rey de las Heras ... Pedro Churruca's Father (as Julio Rey)
Luis Arroyo ... Jaime Churruca

Raúl Cancio ... Luis Echevarría

Manuel Arbó ... Señor Echevarría
Mercedes Llofríu ... Isabel Churruca, niña (as Merceditas Llofriú)
Eduardo González ... Child
Consuelo Loygorri ... Luis' Daughter (as Consuelito Loygorri)
Ángel Martínez ... Pedro Churruca, niño
Francisco Camoiras ... José Churruca, niño (as Paquito Camoiras)
José Crevillent ... Luis' Son

Juan Calvo ... El Campesino
Vicente Soler ... Dr. Vera
Fernando Fresno ... Padre Palomeque
Antonio Armet ... Gen. Vicente Rojo
Pablo Álvarez Rubio ... National Commander
Fulgencio Nogueras ... Adm. Cervera
Domingo Rivas ... Engineer Colonel (as Domingo Ribas)
Manuel Soto ... Almirante de la Base
Pablo Hidalgo ... Don Luis
Ignacio Mateo ... Col. Pardo
Antonio Zaballos ... Sacerdote
Santiago Rivero ... Engineer Captain (as Santiago Ribero)
Luis Latorre ... Dr. Gómez Ulloa
Horacio Socías ... Padre Prior
Erasmo Pascual ... Militiaman #1
Joaquín Regález ... Volunteer
María Saco ... Aunt Lola
Carmen Trejo ... Second National Spy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mario Berriatúa ... José de Sandoval (uncredited)
Alicia Romay ... (uncredited)
José Luis Sáenz de Heredia ... Chófer de la camioneta (uncredited)

Directed by
José Luis Sáenz de Heredia  (as J.L. Sáenz de Heredia)
Writing credits
Francisco Franco (story) (as Jaime de Andrade)

José Luis Sáenz de Heredia (screenplay) (as J.L. Sáenz de Heredia) and
Antonio Román (screenplay)

José Luis Sáenz de Heredia (dialogue) (as J.L. Sáenz de Heredia)

Original Music by
Manuel Parada 
Cinematography by
Heinrich Gärtner  (as Enrique Guerner)
Film Editing by
Eduardo García Maroto  (as Eduardo G. Maroto)
Bienvenida Sanz 
Production Design by
Sigfrido Burmann  (as Burmann)
Luis M. Feduchi  (as Feduchi)
Set Decoration by
Sigfrido Burmann 
Luis M. Feduchi 
Costume Design by
Manuel Comba  (as Comba)
Makeup Department
Fernanda Alonso .... hair stylist
José Argüelles .... makeup artist
José Echevarría .... makeup artist (as J. Echevarría)
F. Fernández .... makeup artist
Francisco Puyol .... hair stylist
Margarita Tapper .... makeup artist
Production Management
Eduardo de la Fuente .... assistant production manager
Luis Díaz Amado .... production manager (as L. Días Amado)
Ignacio Mateo .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerónimo Mihura .... assistant director
Manuel Rosellón .... assistant director
Sound Department
Pierre Certes .... lead sound engineer (as Pedro Certes)
J. Flierbaum García .... sound operator
León Lucas de la Peña .... lead sound engineer: Estudios CEA (as L. Lucas de la Peña)
Camera and Electrical Department
José F. Aguayo .... still photographer (as José Aguayo)
Eloy Mella .... assistant camera
Cecilio Paniagua .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pedro Rodríguez .... costumer: modern day (as P. Rodríguez)
Other crew
Eduardo de la Fuente .... production assistant
Honorino Martínez .... production assistant
Ignacio Mateo .... production assistant
Jesús Rey .... production secretary
Carmen Salas .... script supervisor
Manuel Aznar .... historical advisor (uncredited)
Manuel Halcón .... historical advisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Race" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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113 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The film was re-release in July 3 1950 with a new title, "Espíritu de una raza", and six minutes less of footage. Since Spain was by then an US ally, Franco's censors decided to cut all the scenes containing fascist salutes and add some dialogues to underline the anti-communist sense of the movie, instead of its former totalitarian spirit.See more »
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10 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A dictators propaganda, 12 May 2006
Author: cgonzalezdelhoyo from Spain

The film was written by Franco a military dictator who's "crusade" left 2 million deaths. It is his equivalent of Mein Kampf and filmed as fascist propaganda

When you watch this movie, or read other users comments, please bear in mind the true history of the Spanish civil war.

The 30's started with the end of the 7 year military dictatorship by Primo de Rivera who failed to solve the numerous social and economic problems. The king, Alfonso VII, left on voluntary exile as he recognized the lack of support from the majority of the Spanish society.

What followed was the reinstatement of the Spanish democracy, bear in mind the first Spanish constitution was written in 1812. The initial elections where won by the left, however after less than 2 years the various problems led to elections being called again and a coalition of right wing parties won the majority but it was just as unsuccessful as the left wing government.

The republic, as the Spanish democracy was called, tried to tackle the different social and economic problems, among which we have the dominance of the countryside by landlords and the army overburdened by an excess of officers. The Catholic church was also blamed for preaching conservative thought at a time when deep reforms where necessary. The republic, being secular, endeavored to curtail the power of the church in government areas, particularly public education and cut on subsidies.

They were turbulent times. There was a military upraising that failed and was later followed by a general strike and workers revolt that failed too. In the meantime a strong Anarquist movement hand grown in industrial Barcelona. The communist where a political minority, the left being mainly represented by the Socialist party. On the other side of the political spectrum the Spanish Falange, akin to the Nazi party, was a minority.

The military organized another coup, this time with the involvement of the highest generals and the uprising was immediately backed by the Falange, the landowners, the church and conservatives. However the upraising failed in the main cities and industrial areas, it succeeded only in conservative rural areas. This was mainly due to the government giving weapons to labour unions and left wing parties who were organized and quick to respond to the military coup. In Barcelona the Anarquists used their new power to carry out their political agenda, an Anarquist revolution. The communist party surprised everyone by how well organized and pragmatic they were, forming one of the few truly effective fighting forces.

In the meantime, Franco, with the support of the Italian and German fascist leaders who sent troops, equipment and in particular planes, managed to get the trained and experience north African troops from Morocco, moors included, into the peninsula, even though the Navy remained loyal to the Republic.

Great Britain however, in their appeasement policy towards Hitler, did not support the republic as it would mean fighting Hitler, and convinced France to follow suit and established an embargo. The USA washed its hands too, but did not stop Texaco from supplying Franco with all the necessary oil, including that which had been paid by the republic. Only Communist Russia agreed to support the republic, in particular by selling arms and sending training instructors. This support from Russia and the exemplary discipline of the communist led many to join them and they grew significantly during the civil war to became an important party, though the left wing conservatives where still the majority.

In the meantime up to 150.000 people from all over the world came to fight fascism in Spain in what was later considered a prelude to the Second world war. The Lincon brigade was mainly US citizens, but there was also the Garibaldi (Italians) and a German brigade which surprised many who where used to being dive bombed by the Luftwafe; remember Picasso's masterpiece "el Guernica".

The initial chaos had seen citizens taking arms and different labour unions being responsible for the defense as the remaining army was not trusted much. However, with time the Republic managed to organize a new army and take back control from the unions. The Anarquists in Barcelona resisted, as it would be the end of their revolution and for a few weeks fighting went on in Barcelona.

The republic did not control enough rural areas to feed the population, and the economic embargo led to extreme food rationing and the lack of arms supplies and experienced troops meant its army was not effective enough to fight back and only managed to slowdown the revolt and successfully defend Madrid, which never fell.

Franco, who had come to power after the accidental death of the coup leaders and the success of its African troops, had an effective combat force and arms supply. Inch by inch they gained control of the country in a 3 year civil war that left 2 million dead.

The war was very bloody, at a time where people thought ideologies could solve the worlds problems. Though Great Britain gained mining rights as a result of their lack of support to the Republic, they and France would pay dearly when a couple of years later Hitler changed his attention to them, and it was only thanks to the 20 million dead Russians that he was defeated.

In my opinion, though Franco turned out to be a benevolent dictator, he did not outdo all the damaged done by the war, and only after his death, with a democracy, has Spain realized its true economic and social potential.

For more information please go to wikipedia.

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