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Life Sentence (1979)

Cadena perpetua (original title)
A former felon is blackmailed by a corrupt policeman and forced to commit a crime.

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Narciso Busquets ...
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Angélica Chain ...
Rosa Martinez
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Roberto Cobo ...
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Pilar Pellicer ...
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Empleado del banco
Julián Pastor
Yaco Alva
Salvador Garcini
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"El Tarzan" Lira is an ex-convict who decides to give up his criminal past and reform his life. However, a corrupt policeman blackmails him leaving "El Tarzan" no other option but to continue committing robberies. Adapting the genre conventions of the film noir to the Mexican context, Ripstein's film focuses on Mexican police corruption and questions the judicial system. Written by Leo Urbina

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9 August 1979 (Mexico)  »

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Ripstein... movies... excellent!
31 December 2001 | by (Mexico City, Mexico) – See all my reviews

Ripstein likes to put his characters in difficult situations. Especially when it comes to past events that haunt them in the present. Every Ripstein´s films are full of really claustrophobic places and situations. In this case the main character cannot escape his past nor his nemesis. So, it all becomes claustrophobic in a greek tragedy way. EXCELLENT!!!!


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