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El diputado (1978)

Unrated | | Drama | 1 November 1985 (USA)
Sex and politics collide in this tale of forbidden love, blackmail and murder. Set up by the secret police to compromise a prominent politician, a teenage hustler discovers himself ... See full summary »

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Roberto Orbea (as Jose Sacristan)
María Luisa San José ...
Carmen (as Mª Luisa San Jose)
José Luis Alonso ...
Juanito (as Jose Luis Alonso)
Enrique Vivó ...
Eusebio Moreno Pastrana (as Enrique Vivo)
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Carrés (as Agustin Gonzalez)
Queta Claver ...
Madre de Juanito
Ángel Pardo ...
Nes (as Angel Pardo)
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Juan (as J. Antonio Bardem)
Antonio Gonzalo
Fernando Marín ...
Policía (as Fernando Marin)
Aldo Grilo ...
Periodista argentino
Ramón Reparaz ...
Policía interrogador (as Ramon Reparaz)
Fabián Conde ...
Anfitrión de la 1ª orgía (as Fabian Conde)
Alejo Loren ...
Anfitrión de la 2ª orgía
Ramón Centenero ...
Lector de la ficha policial (as Ramon Centenero)
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Sex and politics collide in this tale of forbidden love, blackmail and murder. Set up by the secret police to compromise a prominent politician, a teenage hustler discovers himself passionately in love with the man he must betray. Written by Jim Stark

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[after the hustler Juanito confesses that he's been attempting to frame the politician Roberto for the fascists by sleeping with him]
Juanito: Which do you consider the biggest lie?
Roberto Orbea: Not telling me you were fascist bait.
Juanito: No. It was telling you I was doing this just for the money.
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La Muralla
Performed by Ana Belén
Lyrics by Nicolás Guillén (uncredited)
Music by Quilapayún (uncredited)
Courtesy of Discos Fonogram, S.A.
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Good movie, excellent performances
24 April 2006 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Well-written and very well-acted, "El Diputado" is a very human take on a story of political and sexual intrigue in recently-post-Franco Madrid. The politician Roberto Orbea (José Sacristán) is set up by political opponents, aware of his secret proclivities, for sexual entanglement with the street hustler Juanito (José Luis Alonso). But the unexpected happens and Juanito begins to experience real feelings of love for Orbea, and the political opponents, when the suspect they are being played, are none too happy about this. Mariá Luisa San José is Orbea's almost unbelievably understanding wife.

The three principal actors do some really wonderful work, aided by some very good writing, as members of the love triangle--sterling examples of the "less is more" approach to acting. The viewer feels real compassion for these all-too-human characters, in stark contrast to a movie like "Making Love"--the love-triangle plot reminded me of it, albeit very superficially--which opted for caricatures over actual people.

The look of the movie is real '70's, which only adds to it's immediacy and charm.

A very entertaining movie that seems to me to be ripe for re-release on DVD.


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