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El crack (1981)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  1 April 1981 (Spain)
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Private detective Germán Areta gets a terminally ill client who wishes to see his long lost, runaway daughter before he dies. But when Areta starts looking into case, that leads him to the ... See full summary »

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Alfredo Landa ...
María Casanova ...
Carmen
Manuel Tejada ...
Don Alberto 'El Guapo'
Miguel Rellán ...
Manuel Lorenzo ...
Raúl Fraire ...
Francisco Medina
José Bódalo ...
Francisco Vidal ...
Nico
Maite Blasco ...
Merche
José Manuel Cervino ...
Vareta
Mayrata O'Wisiedo ...
Mimí de Torres (as Mairata O'Wisiedo)
José Luis Merino ...
Meri
Ramón Lillo ...
Jugador de mus
Pablo Hoyos ...
Camarero (as Pablo Hoyo)
Antonio del Río
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Private detective Germán Areta gets a terminally ill client who wishes to see his long lost, runaway daughter before he dies. But when Areta starts looking into case, that leads him to the dark, underbelly of Madrid, he realizes that he is not only one looking for this girl. Someone else is also interested in her, someone powerful and dangerous who will stop at nothing to prevent Areta from knowing the truth.... Written by curtherzstark

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1 April 1981 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

El Crack - Tödliche Rache  »

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ESP 101,684,613 (Spain)
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Trivia

Alfredo Landa's second surname is Areta in real life, just like his character. See more »

Quotes

Don Ricardo: [after a long friendly chit-chat to avoid getting to the point] ... So that's all my diet now, vegetables and boiled fish... shit, do you know what happened in my last urine test?
Germán Areta: [Evidently annoyed] No... the Press didn't say a word about it.
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References Saturn 3 (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Mercie Cherie
Written by Udo Jurgens
Performed by Jesús Gluck (piano), José Oliver (flute) and Fernando López (guitar)
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Flawed....
14 June 2012 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I know very little about Spanish cinema and even less so about Spanish thrillers, action films etc. So I was very curious about this film, that according to some sources on the internet would something extraordinary.

However, I was very disappointed, this film tries very hard to be a film noir/neo noir from Spain but offers very little to the viewer. There are lot of clichés in this film that makes other, more recent Spanish productions in the same genre more appealing.

The story about a private detective looking for a missing girl is standard within this genre, or the sleuth genre but would have hoped that screenwriter or the director would have tried to create at least some tension or plotwist that would surprise the viewer.

But not so here, here we get same story/clichés stuffed down our throats again. Areta is former police officer, a bit of loner, he is a good man surrounded by bad people in a corrupt world.

This and the fact that the script is flawed, contains loopholes, makes me wonder if I have seen a very heavily edited film and that an uncut version is out there somewhere?

One positive thing about this film is Alfredo Landas powerful performance in the main lead. I only wish he had a better script to work with.

Technically the film is lacking, almost bland in it's cinematography, looking like a cheaply made TV production from the 80's.

Future viewers should watch this film because of its position as an obscure film that has gained very little attention here on IMDb. Just don't expect too much.

Viewers should rather watch La caja 507 (2002), El Lobo (2004) if they want to see better crime thrillers from Spain.


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