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The Blackmailers (1963)

Chantaje a un torero (original title)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manuel Benítez 'El Cordobés' ...
Juan Medina
Vergara 'El Americano'
Don Fulgencio, apoderado de Juan
María Andersen ...
Wilma, turista alemana
Elena Duque ...
Marta, novia de Juan
Luis Dávila ...
Don Andrés, el sacerdote
Venancio Muro ...
El Tinta
Carlos Mendy
José Mata
Luis Induni
Antonio Casas
José María Caffarel
Juan Cortés


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Crime | Drama





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23 October 1963 (Portugal)  »

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The Blackmailers  »

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Any real aspect in this film is pure coincidence...
9 September 2001 | by (Málaga, Málaga, Spain) – See all my reviews

After telling his own life in his first film, Aprendiendo a morir (1962), El Cordobés made his first real performance. In Chantaje a un torero (1963) he is no longer Manuel Benítez, but Juan Medina, a fiction character. As he himself states, he's not a good actor and doesn't like to act, and that's something evident in this film. Directed by a good director, Rafael Gil, and with several good actors in the cast, Chantaje a un torero is a bad film. It's a bad film because it was made to be shown in a dictatorship's time. Reality is passed through a filter and the result is nothing but annoying. To be more explicit, I'll explain myself: Rich people are 'the good people', the prison priest is almost a saint, beloved and respected by everybody, the prison director looks like a wonderful person, the dialogue is full of 'remarkable' quotes ("What happens if you happen to be guilty? Then I'll pay for my fault like a man")... I think you get the point.

This film was mainly made to show El Cordobés's abilities at bullfighting. The fact is that he only appears doing his thing for a few minutes. So I can't even recommend this film to the bullfighter's fans.

3 or 4 out of 10.

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