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Luis Buñuel (screenplay)
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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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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.)
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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)

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Out of all the films in Luis Buñuel's Mexican/Spanish film period, this is the only film he had complete creative control over.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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31 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Luis Bunuel's movie ranks at the top with Kafka, 2 October 1999
Author: Sadies from NY, NY

This surrealistic movie is a satire on the upper class. It was way too funny and a classic. A movie with repetition to emphasize the story line. This is about people brought together at a dinner party, invited because of they are all upper-class people who are well known among one another. Yet for some reason, they can't leave the mansion. An invisible barrier that holds them back. They all have some excuse not to leave. And after the food and water runs out, they spend however many of days (they don't fully explain) together, starving and putting up living with each other.

All the actors start getting fed up with each other. One lady gets disillusional. You start to realize, they have nothing in common. That the only thing they had in common was their wealth. But what happens when you are stuck in one place, and wealth really starts losing its worth? You then see how out of place they all are amongst each other. Afterall, in the very beginning, they were all bad mouthing each other. Bunuel mocks their phoniness.

Material things in the house, loses their meaning. They start peeing in expensive things, they don't seem to use toilets. A man is shaving for no reason just keeps on shaving without noticing it. A women keeps seeing a hand moving she gets psychotic.

Randomly, we see some sheep in a kitchen. This represents the whole "out of place" theme. That these people are the sheep. At the end of the movie, after all the mess at the house is taken care of, we see that disaster is about to happen again; and you have nothing else to think except for "sucks to be you."

This movie is hilarious and you sometimes get agitated with the characters. I highly recommend it. Especially for Luis Bunuel lovers who remarkably made movies in many other languages besides Spanish.


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