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Release Date:
21 August 1967 (USA) See more »
The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Silvia Pinal ... Leticia 'La Valkiria'
Enrique Rambal ... Edmundo Nobile
Claudio Brook ... Julio, Mayordomo; Steward
José Baviera ... Leandro Gomez
Augusto Benedico ... Carlos Conde; Doctor
Antonio Bravo ... Sergio Russell
Jacqueline Andere ... Alicia de Roc
César del Campo ... Alvaro, Coronel; Colonel
Rosa Elena Durgel ... Silvia

Lucy Gallardo ... Lucía de Nobile
Enrique García Álvarez ... Alberto Roc
Ofelia Guilmáin ... Juana Avila
Nadia Haro Oliva ... Ana Maynar
Tito Junco ... Raúl
Xavier Loyá ... Francisco Avila
Xavier Massé ... Eduardo
Ofelia Montesco ... Beatriz
Luis Beristáin ... Cristián Ugalde
Patricia Morán ... Rita Ugalde
Patricia de Morelos ... Blanca
Bertha Moss ... Leonora
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric del Castillo
Janet Alcoriza ... (uncredited)
Daniel Arroyo ... Hombre anciano atrapado en iglesia (uncredited)
Victorio Blanco ... Transeúnte (uncredited)
Florencio Castelló ... (uncredited)
Arturo Cobo ... (uncredited)
Pancho Córdova ... (uncredited)
Enrique del Castillo ... (uncredited)
Ángel Di Stefani ... Espectador fuera de la casa (uncredited)
Juan Antonio Edwards ... Johnny, niño (uncredited)
Jesús Gómez ... Policia; Policeman (uncredited)
David Hayat ... (uncredited)
Elodia Hernández ... (uncredited)
Luis Lomelí ... (uncredited)
Chel López ... (uncredited)
Rita Macedo ... Lucía de Nobile (uncredited)
Ángel Merino ... Lucas (uncredited)
Roberto Meyer ... Loco; Fool (uncredited)
Rubén Márquez ... Hombre atrapado en iglesia (uncredited)
Fernando Yapur ... Policía (uncredited)
Guillermo Álvarez Bianchi ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Luis Buñuel 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Luis Alcoriza  uncredited
José Bergamin  play (uncredited)
Luis Buñuel  screenplay and dialogue

Produced by
Gustavo Alatriste .... producer
Original Music by
Raúl Lavista 
Cinematography by
Gabriel Figueroa 
Film Editing by
Carlos Savage 
Production Design by
Jesús Bracho 
Costume Design by
Georgette Somohano 
Makeup Department
Esperanza Gómez .... hair stylist
Armando Meyer .... makeup artist
Production Management
Antonio de Salazar .... production manager
Fidel Pizarro .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ignacio Villareal .... assistant director
Arturo Ripstein .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
José B. Carles .... sound
Abraham Cruz .... sound editor
James L. Fields .... sound
Galdino R. Samperio .... sound recording engineer
Special Effects by
Juan Muñoz Ravelo .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Ángel Corona .... still photographer
Manuel González .... camera operator
Daniel López .... lighting chief
Editorial Department
Sigfrido García .... assistant editor
Music Department
Pietro Domenico Paradisi .... composer: additional music
Domenico Scarlatti .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Pedro López .... script supervisor
Nicolás Rueda hijo .... title designer (as Nicolás Rueda Jr.)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"El ángel exterminador" - Mexico (original title)
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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

Luis Buñuel has publicly stated that he considers the film a failure and that if he shot it later in Paris, he would have gone more extreme with it (cannibalism).See more »
Boom mic visible: 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 »
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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Why is this film called The Exterminating Angel?
What are the repetitions in the film, apart from the guests arriving twice?
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27 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Is this a tale for 2006?, 16 June 2006
Author: perilloj1512 from United States

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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