In Uruguay in the early 1970s, an official of the US Agency for International Development (a group used as a front for training foreign police in counterinsurgency methods) is kidnapped by a group of urban guerillas. Using his interrogation as a backdrop, the film explores the often brutal consequences of the struggle between Uruguay's government and the leftist Tupamaro guerillas. Written by
Erich Schneider <email@example.com>
In 1973 The CIA called it propaganda. See it now.
Did You Know?
This was going to be the first movie shown in the new John F. Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. It was cancelled because the plot of the movie was judged to be inappropriate. This caused a big controversy. A Washington D.C. television station took advantage of the controversy by acquiring the broadcast rights to the film and showing it uncut after running a big advertising campaign calling it the "film banned from the Kennedy Center." See more
The film constantly alludes to the U.S. official's previous postings in "Brazil and Santo Domingo," and the flashback to the police academy even shows the delegate sitting next to a sign reading "Santo Domingo" along with those of other countries. But Santo Domingo is not a country, it is the capital of the Dominican Republic. See more
[repeated exchange that occurs between the leader and five different militants - men and women, one at a time going inside the bus and sitting next to the leader
I've received the report.
So, you know the situation. This is not a personal problem. It was never that. It's a political problem. Yes or no?
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Fantasia in G minor, BWV 542 ('Great')
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played by the organ at the end of the funeral near the end of the movie. See more