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9 August 1979 (Mexico) See more »
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"El Tarzan" Lira is an ex-convict who decides to give up his criminal past and reform his life. However... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Mexican cinema maestro Arturo Ripstein shows why it is difficult for a reformed person to make progress in life. See more (2 total) »

Cast

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Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Javier Lira; El Tarzan
Narciso Busquets ... Comandante Prieto
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ... Cabo Pantoja
Angélica Chain ... Rosa Martinez
Ana Ofelia Murguía ... Sra Romero
Roberto Cobo ... Gallito
Rodrigo Puebla ... Cotorra
Yolanda Rigel ... Ojitos
Jorge Patiño ... Muclan
Pilar Pellicer ... Mujer de Pantoja
Ana Martín ... Criada
Ramón Menéndez ... Empleado del banco
Julián Pastor
Yaco Alva
Salvador Garcini
Antonio Bravo ... Sr. Romero
Roberto Dumont

León Singer
Jorge Fegán ... Señor Poli
Eduardo Cassab
Martha Meneses
Laura Alfaro
Agustín Silva
Marta Resnikoff
Humberto Vilchis
Eduardo Borja
Roberto Monterrubio
María Barber
Pepe Arévalo
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Directed by
Arturo Ripstein 
 
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Vicente Leñero  writer
Arturo Ripstein  writer
Luis Spota  novel

Original Music by
Miguel Pous 
 
Cinematography by
Jorge Stahl Jr. 
 
Film Editing by
Rafael Ceballos 
 
Production Design by
Jorge Fernández 
Lucero Isaac 
 
Costume Design by
Juanita Oliver 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Félix Martín .... assistant director
 

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95 min
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Mexican cinema maestro Arturo Ripstein shows why it is difficult for a reformed person to make progress in life., 1 October 2014
Author: FilmCriticLalitRao from FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world

Every human being deserves a chance to progress in life despite having had a shady past. This is the reason why many religions state that one should hate the sin and not the sinner. It is on this belief that Arturo Ripstein, Mexican cinema's greatest director has directed one of his important films "Cadena Perpetua". It can be translated as 'life imprisonment' but it is more than a simple life imprisonment as this film's protagonist Tarzan, a former thief finds himself at difficult crossroads when some corrupt policemen make their way in his life in order to disturb it. A reformed person might feel himself under the influence of being perpetually tied to chains if somebody forces him to abandon the life of goodness for a life of evil. It is often said that Ripstein's films are difficult for Mexican people to watch as he truthfully shows what is wrong with the losers who have given a bad name to Mexico. In "Cadena Perpetua", Ripstein directs his anger at corrupt police forces who seem to have prevailed in Mexico. Lastly, 'Cadena Perpetua' is an interesting film to watch as it does not propose easy solutions to problems faced by a reformed person. It is also important especially in the manner it has researched the past of a reformed criminal.

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