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As 1973 winds down, Franco is still governing Spain with an iron hand. Opposition parties are forbidden; labor movements are repressed; and Basque nationalists are mercilessly hunted down. ... See full summary »

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As 1973 winds down, Franco is still governing Spain with an iron hand. Opposition parties are forbidden; labor movements are repressed; and Basque nationalists are mercilessly hunted down. The caudillo is aging, though, and the continuity of the régime is in question. One man has the trust of Franco, enough authority and experience to assume the leadership, and an impeccable track record as to dealing with enemies of the State: admiral Carrero Blanco. For the embattled clandestine Basque organization ETA, Carrero Blanco must be brought down. Daring plans are made, requiring a meticulous execution... Written by Eduardo Casais <casaise@acm.org>

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Gillo Pontecorvo's last feature film. See more »

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Carrero Blanco was killed in 1973. Despite of that, in the scene when one of the main characters looks at the Real Madrid supporters bus and crosses the street, we can see a "Vote UCD" campaign poster in a traffic light. The UCD was founded in 1977, the year of the first democratic elections. See more »

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La Niña Vasca del Bar: Hey, you're Basque, aren't you?
Izarra: Yes. How do you know?
La Niña Vasca del Bar: I know straight Hawai. I'm from San Sebastian. I feel good when I meet someone from there.
Luque: Me too.
La Niña Vasca del Bar: Do you live in Madrid?
Izarra: Yes. We work in a bank.
La Niña Vasca del Bar: Around here?
Izarra: No, in the other side of the city.
La Niña Vasca del Bar: What a shame. I live behind here, but I remember the sea...
Izarra: We do, too... Excuse us, we're in a hurry. Let's go.
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Featured in The Basque Ball: Skin Against Stone (2003) See more »

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Dark political thriller
17 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

This film is based on real life events that took place during 70's under Francos fascist regime in Spain.

Just like Gillo Pontecorvos previous film La battaglia di Algeri/The Battle of Algiers (1966) this film has very realistic, semi documentary feel, look about this depiction of terrorism acted out by group of members in the basque terrorist network ETA.

Even though Gillo Pontecorvo was a marxist this film does not only portray the fascist dictatorship but also contains subtle criticism against ETA and its struggle.

While being a very low key film, it packs very emotional, punch without becoming too obvious.

So viewers that liked O Que É Isso, Companheiro?/Four Days in September (1997), L'armée des ombres/ Army of Shadows(1969), Popiól i diament/Ashes and Diamonds (1958), Kanal/Canal (1957)etc should definitely check this film out.


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