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The Exterminating Angel (1962)

El ángel exterminador (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 21 August 1967 (USA)
The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.

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José Baviera ...
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Antonio Bravo ...
Sergio Russell
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César del Campo ...
Alvaro, Coronel; Colonel
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Juana Avila
Nadia Haro Oliva ...
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Xavier Loyá ...
Francisco Avila
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After a lavish dinner party, the guests find themselves mysteriously unable to leave the room... and over the next few days all the elaborate pretenses and facades that they've built up by virtue of their position in society collapse completely as they become reduced to living like animals... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Luis Bunuel's controversial and award-winning film See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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The Exterminating Angel  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Forty-eight years later, two of the stars, Silvia Pinal and Jacqueline Andere, are appearing in a Mexican novela, Soy tu dueña (2010). See more »

Goofs

After the butler trips in the dining room, the lady of the house follows him into the kitchen. While they speak the boom mic can clearly be seen at the bottom of the screen, extending out from under a table. See more »

Quotes

Carlos Conde; Doctor: [Seeing a box of drugs] You kept that here?
Edmundo Nobile: Every now and then we used to meet in this room - just friends - passing unforgetable hours together.
Carlos Conde; Doctor: Why didn't you show it to me?
Edmundo Nobile: I was frightened that the world would find out about it.
Carlos Conde; Doctor: What was used for pleasure can now be used to relieve pain.
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Connections

Referenced in Brows Held High: Exterminating Angels (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata No. 6
(uncredited)
Music by Pietro Domenico Paradisi
Played on piano
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Is this a tale for 2006?
16 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film for the first time on TCM this week. It was really thought provoking. What fascinated me was that there were people in the room who had all sorts of skills to figure out the problem and become free, but did not. Another intriguing aspect was that nothing: marriage, love, death, children, jobs, or intelligence and logic was enough to solve the problem. The solution comes in a very interesting way and the least likely person. I hope you will watch and check it out. There was also a strong parallel between the catholic church and the people trapped in the room. I wondered if they were illustrating the socialist belief that 'religion is the opiate of the people.' The sheep were not eaten by the bear and all of these symbols were politically interesting. I have never written a review before and I hope I have not included any spoiler but this is a movie I would love to discuss over coffee: it is intelligent, mesmerizing, and a lesson for our time.


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