During the Mexican Revolution, a macho rebel general falls in love with the independent-minded daughter of an aristocrat in the town he is occupying.

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Fernando Fernández ...
Padre Rafael Sierra
José Morcillo ...
Carlos Peñafiel
Eduardo Arozamena ...
Alcalde Joaquín Gómez
Miguel Inclán ...
Capt. Bocanegra
Manuel Dondé ...
Fidel Bernal
Eugenio Rossi ...
Eduardo Roberts
Norma Hill ...
Rosa de Bernal
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Capt. Quiñones
José Torvay ...
Maestro Apolonio Sánchez
Pascual García Peña ...
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In Mexican Revolution times, a guerrilla general (Armendáriz) and his troops take the conservative town of Cholula, near by Mexico City. As the revolutionaries mistreat the town's riches, Armendáriz falls for beautiful and wild Beatriz Peñafiel (María Félix), the daughter of one of the town's richest men. Written by Maximiliano Maza <mmaza@campus.mty.itesm.mx>

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2 December 1949 (USA)  »

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Inside the church office, there is a man in black reflected in the mirror behind the two leads. See more »

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Remade as The Torch (1950) See more »

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Ave Maria
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Performed by 'Fernando Fernández accompanied by the Children's Choir of the Cathedral of Morelia'
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Impossible love????
14 August 2005 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

When two very independent persons from opposite backgrounds fall in love, what can you expect?? Nothing but trouble. This love story takes place during the Mexican Revolution times(Early 1900's), but could very well take place in any other place or time in the world. The beauty of this picture is mainly due to the the great work of art performed by its photographer, Gabriel Figueroa that captures incredible moments, when by only looking at the main actress' eyes everything is said and understood. The Director, who else but Emilio, El Indio, Fernandez is said to have made this picture, as a reflection of his own life. A Revolutionary General that falls in love with the town's most beautiful and richest lady, someone perhaps too high above his social level. It is an entertaining movie where you can feel the rejection of the upper classes to the dominant peasants invading forces. The main actor was one of Mexico's greatest from its "Golden period": Pedro Armendariz, and the leading lady, Mexican Goddess, Maria Felix. As an added piece of information, due to the "Indio Fernandez" great international fame, a second version of this movie was filmed in English and directed by him in Hollywood in 1949 under the title: The Torch. Pedro Armendariz, who was born and raised in the USA repeated his role as in the original movie, along with Paulette Goddard(Charlie Chaplin's former wife). This second version was not quite as good as the original one.


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