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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María Casanova ...
Carmen
Manuel Tejada ...
Don Alberto 'El Guapo'
Miguel Rellán ...
Manuel Lorenzo ...
Raúl Fraire ...
Francisco Medina
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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)  »

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El Crack - Tödliche Rache  »

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Trivia

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

Quotes

Nico: But who the fuck are you?
Germán Areta: I'm a private detective.
Nico: [Chuckles] Wow!
Germán Areta: Yeah... as in the movies, you know... a tough and lonely guy who struggles to survive in a rotten society thanks to a dirty job... How do you like it?
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References The Love Boat (1977) See more »

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Mercie Cherie
Written by Udo Jurgens
Performed by Jesús Gluck (piano), José Oliver (flute) and Fernando López (guitar)
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Well done
6 January 2008 | by (Buenos Aires) – See all my reviews

I saw this one back in 1981 and it's commercial title was "Diente por Diente" which means a teeth for a teeth. I remember I was quite impressed for the suspenseful quality of his flick. Years later, by the turn of the century, I made a list of several films I had seen in the past and that where in some way outstanding, and of course, "El Crack" was one of them... but it wasn't available anywhere (I was near at one place who had had it but the tape had gone into pieces). Again, many years later, -26 exactly since its original release- I finally find it, and start watching it with very different eyes: those that 26 years add to your life experience. At first, the first 1/2 hour, the film looks somewhat vulgar and filled with apparently unnecessary details of the main character, but then it starts to raise and raise (which is a unique quality of good films), with very good and unexpected twists. All in all, this is a very good movie and in case you have it at hand, don't miss it. I also found "El Crack 2", a kind of sequel made 2 years later, which I had never seen before. It's not so good as the first part, but it's good and worth watching also. I gave the first part an 8 and the sequel a 7.


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