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Luis Buñuel (writer)
Luis Alcoriza (writer)
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Release Date:
1955 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Pedro Armendáriz ... Pedro - El Bruto

Katy Jurado ... Paloma
Rosita Arenas ... Meche (as Rosa Arenas)
Andrés Soler ... Andrés Cabrera
Beatriz Ramos ... Doña Marta
Paco Martínez ... Don Pepe
Roberto Meyer ... Carmelo González
Gloria Mestre ... María
Paz Villegas ... Mamá de María
José Muñoz ... Lencho Ruíz
Diana Ochoa ... Esposa de Lencho
Ignacio Villalbazo ... Vecino
Joaquín Roche ... Notario
Guillermo Bravo Sosa ... El Cojo - Tío de María (as G. Bravo Sosa)
Efraín Arauz ... Vecino
Lupe Carriles ... Sirvienta de Andrés
Raquel García ... Vecina
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victorio Blanco ... Empleado fábrica (uncredited)
Enrique Carrillo ... Policía (uncredited)
José Chávez ... Amigo de Pedro (uncredited)
Enedina Díaz de León ... Vecina (uncredited)
Jaime Fernández ... Julián García (uncredited)
José Luis Fernández ... Empleado fábrica (uncredited)
Jesús García ... Empleado fábrica (uncredited)
Salvador Godínez ... Detective policía (uncredited)
Jesús Gómez ... Policía (uncredited)
Leonor Gómez ... Doña Enriqueta, vecina (uncredited)
Isabel Herrera ... Vecina (uncredited)
Francisco Ledesma ... Cantinero 1 (uncredited)
Cecilia Leger ... Vecina (uncredited)
Margarito Luna ... Don Antonio (uncredited)
Ignacio Peón ... Constructor (uncredited)
Jorge Ponce ... (uncredited)
Polo Ramos ... Hermano de María (uncredited)
Amelia Rivera ... Enfermera (uncredited)
Ángela Rodríguez ... Vecina (uncredited)

Directed by
Luis Buñuel 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Luis Alcoriza  writer
Luis Buñuel  writer

Produced by
Gabriel Castro .... producer
Óscar Dancigers .... producer
Sergio Kogan .... producer
Original Music by
Raúl Lavista 
Cinematography by
Agustín Jiménez 
Film Editing by
Jorge Busto  (as Jorge Bustos)
Art Direction by
Gunther Gerszo 
Roberto Silva 
Makeup Department
Ana Guerrero .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fidel Pizarro .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ignacio Villareal .... assistant director
Sound Department
Javier Mateos .... sound
Galdino R. Samperio .... sound re-recording engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Sergio Véjar .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Jim Wicks .... colorist (digital color correction) (as James Wicks)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Brute" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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USA:81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA High Fidelity)


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The Brute, 10 August 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Bruto, El (1952)

*** (out of 4)

A slumlord (Andres Soler) tries to evict some tenants from one of his rundown apartments but they refuse to go so he asks a strong but dumb Bruto (Pedro Armenariz) to scare them. Bruto goes to the man causing the most trouble not knowing that he is ill. After a strong punch the man dies and soon Bruto falls in love with a woman (Rosa Arenas) not realizing that it's the dead man's daughter. I was a little worried going into this film after reading some negative reviews but it turned out to be pretty good and didn't just focus or preach about how the poor are treated. As the film started I was thinking this was just going to be a morality tale but Bunuel takes the film into many different directions and really delivers a terrific character study for not only Bruto but the slumlord as well. I really enjoyed the way that Bunuel didn't just show both men as evil but showed that they both had good qualities below all the bad things that they do. The relationship with Paloma (Katy Jurado), the slumlord's much younger wife, gives us plenty of insight to the two men and especially with Bruto and his dumbness. I also loved the style that Bunuel brought to the film in terms of shadows, which is perfectly used during one scene where a group of men are chasing Bruto to kill him. What really keeps this film going are the terrific performances by the entire cast. Armenariz does a brilliant job at being the brute but his performance is made even better by the fact that he can pull off the character's weaker moments. Arenas is downright beautiful and very touching in her role and I really couldn't take my eyes off of Soler who really steals the film with his snake like qualities. This here certainly doesn't rank among the director's greatest works but I think it's still a very entertaining film with a lot going for it.

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