El bruto (1953)

 |  Drama  |  1955 (USA)
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A tough young man, who helps to kick poor people out of their houses, falls in love with a girl. She lives with her father in the building about to be demolished.


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A partial retelling of Wuthering Heights in 19th century Mexico.

Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Irasema Dilián, Jorge Mistral, Lilia Prado


Cast overview, first billed only:
Pedro - El Bruto
Rosa Arenas ...
Andrés Soler ...
Andrés Cabrera
Beatriz Ramos ...
Doña Marta
Paco Martínez ...
Don Pepe
Roberto Meyer ...
Carmelo González
Gloria Mestre ...
Paz Villegas ...
Mamá de María
José Muñoz ...
Lencho Ruíz
Diana Ochoa ...
Esposa de Lencho
Ignacio Villalbazo ...
Joaquín Roche ...
Guillermo Bravo Sosa ...
El Cojo - Tío de María (as G. Bravo Sosa)
Efraín Arauz ...


In the 50's, in a poor community in Mexico, the landlord Andrés Cabrera wants to evict his tenants to demolish the buildings and sell the land by a large amount. However, the leader of the community Carmelo González resists to his attempts. Andrés hires the strong slaughterhouse worker Pedro El Bruto to intimidate the dwellers, and his wife Pamola sexually harasses Pedro. Pedro goes to the community in the night and he hits the weak Carmelo that has a bleed and dies. When Pedro meets Carmelo's daughter Meche, he falls in love with her and she moves to his house. But the jealous Paloma does not want to give up on Pedro. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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1955 (USA)  »

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A bika  »

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(RCA High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vastly underrated Bunuel masterpiece
15 May 2002 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Perhaps hardcore Bunuel fans won't like El Bruto that much. It doesn't contain much of his surrealism. It is a lot like many of his other Mexican films: dark, melodramatic, brutal, and tragic. El Bruto is mostly a social melodrama, with a wealthy man trying to evict a group of poor residents from some slums that he owns. To intimidate these rebellious residents, he hires a giant thug, nicknamed El Bruto (the Brute, duh!). El Bruto is big and dumb and he follows orders well. But he's not a bad guy. He can be tough and mean, but, deep down, he's a gentle giant. Pedro Armendáriz is fantastic as the lead. The other major actors are as good. Katy Jurado, most famous for her role in Fred Zinnemann's High Noon from the same year, is much better in this film from her home country. The script is excellent, with some good (if a bit predictable) twists. I think that those who haven't "gotten" Bunuel yet might want to see this one. It's probably his most easily understood fim. It may not be exclusively Bunuelian, but El Bruto ranks with Luis' best films. 10/10.

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