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Pedro Beltrán (screenplay)
Pedro Beltrán (story)
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3 March 1965 (Italy) See more »
The rise and fall of a famous torero, Miguelin, inside and outside of the bullfighters ring. | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order)
Miguel Mateo 'Miguelín' ... Miguel Romero 'Miguelín'
José Gómez Sevillano ... Impresario
Pedro Basauri 'Pedrucho' ... Himself

Linda Christian ... Linda, American woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Curro Carmona
Luque Gago
Salvador Mateo
Gregorio Sánchez

Directed by
Francesco Rosi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pedro Beltrán  screenplay
Pedro Beltrán  story
Ricardo Muñoz Suay  screenplay
Ricardo Muñoz Suay  story
Pere Portabella  screenplay (as Pedro Portabella)
Pere Portabella  story (as Pedro Portabella)
Francesco Rosi  screenplay
Francesco Rosi  story

Produced by
Tonino Cervi .... producer
Antonio Levesi Cervi .... producer
Francesco Rosi .... producer
Original Music by
Piero Piccioni 
Cinematography by
Pasqualino De Santis 
Gianni Di Venanzo 
Aiace Parolin 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
Set Decoration by
José Antonio de la Guerra 
Production Management
Enzo Provenzale .... production manager
Sound Department
Claudio Maielli .... sound
Mario Ronchetti .... sound

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Also Known As:
"Il momento della verità" - Italy (original title)
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Spain:110 min | USA:103 min
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
They shoot bulls don't they?, 25 April 2010
Author: dbdumonteil

This is not a movie about bull fighting .This is a movie which depicts bygone days ,when Spain was under a dictatorship and if you did not want to starve ,you had two possibilities: either become a bull fighter-remember this line :" who was Manuel Benitez before he became El Cordobes?/He was like us,he was starving" or a flamenco singer (The most famous was Joselito Jimenez ).Miguel,a peasant ,leaves the impoverished country for the broader horizons of the town like many others .But poverty awaits on them all,and he realizes he's working for nothing.Then he tries to become El Cordobes .It's the rise and fall of a bull fighter in the sixties,but once again,even if the bullfights are well filmed (if you like this kind of show,personally,I don't) the main thing is the depiction of Spanish life at a time when Western Europa's economy was expanding rapidly,leaving-temporarily- Spain and Portugal by the wayside .The best scene which perhaps sums up the whole movie is Miguel's return in his old home ,when his brand new car belts along the road across the fields where animal traction remains.

Even if Miguel became a rich man ,he would never be part of the folks on the hill;during the party,these posh people have not the slightest idea of the risks their "idol" has to take.

That a Spanish director would have been allowed to film such a subject was unthinkable ;it's one of Italian Francesco Rosi's most overlooked movies along with "Uomo Contro" .People generally know much better such movies as "Salavatore Giuliano" "Il Caso Mattei" "Cadaveri Eccelenti" or " Cristo Si E Fermato A Eboli" .His admirers could do worse than give a chance to "Il Momento Della Verità".

Rosi does not forget the prominent part played by religion .The movie begins and ends with this procession during The Holy week with its hooded penitents .The people seem imprisoned in these celebrations which frame the movie like safeguards.The main character does not appear in the first ten minutes .A short scene shows the bull fighter praying Virgin Mary before his last Corrida.

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