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Director:
Writers:
Pedro Beltrán (screenplay)
Pedro Beltrán (story)
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Release Date:
3 March 1965 (Italy) See more »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (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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Runtime:
Spain:110 min | USA:103 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
It's not BS, 15 November 2013
Author: Al_The_Strange from United States

Bullfighting never was a sport I had an interest in, but I figured it would make for a compelling drama. If nothing else, this film is as real as it gets. There are a bunch of major sequences that pits the main character against raging beasts. These scenes aren't staged or faked with trick photography of any kind; the players seriously put their lives on the line to confront real bulls on screen. They come dangerously close to getting mauled and gored, as they gracefully maneuver and evade the animals. Perhaps most shocking of all is that the bulls themselves are hurt on-screen, often soaked in blood, and the camera lingers on their agony.

There is a basic narrative at work; it's generally the same formula that goes into movies like Gladiator or Rollerball, for these are all movies where some dude gets involved with a deadly sport and proves to be so good at it that he's pushed to the top. The Moment of Truth is a more original feature though, with characters that look and act quite realistic. The film boasts some intriguing parallels to the politics of the time, but even on its own, the plot is not bad. My only complaint is that it's pretty dry in between the more exciting scenes.

The film has a look and style that's at least halfway like a documentary. Photography tends to be rather pedestrian-looking, and there are a lot of distant shots. It looks quite gritty and real this way, but I think it also distances the viewer a bit, and I think the film could have been more effective if the camera could be closer to the action. Editing is pretty rough for this film as well. Acting and writing tends to be understated, and appears authentic that way. This production uses some very real-looking sets, props, costumes, and locales. There is no music score.

This film reveals a lot: it shows the valor, courage, and skill of bullfighters, but also the bloody brutality and mortal danger of it all. If you have the stomach for it, it is worth seeing at least once.

4/5 (Entertainment: Pretty Good | Story: Pretty Good | Film: Good)

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