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Alsino and the Condor (1982)

Alsino y el cóndor (original title)
| Drama, War | 1982 (Nicaragua)
Alsino, a boy of 10 or 12, lives with his grandmother in a remote area of Nicaragua. He's engulfed in the war between rebels and government troops when a US advisor orders the army to open ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Frank
Alan Esquivel ...
Alsino
Carmen Bunster ...
Mamabuela
Alejandro Parodi ...
Garin
Delia Casanova ...
Rosario
Marta Lorena Pérez ...
Lucia
Reynaldo Miravalles ...
El Pajarero (as Reinaldo Miravalles)
Marcelo Gaete ...
El Leonero
Jan Kees de Rooy ...
Rohm (as Jam Kees)
Rogelio Blain ...
Manuel
Raúl Eguren ...
El Maestro
Carlos Aguirre Calero ...
El Cuyi
Luz Amparo Gutiérrez ...
La Prostituta (as Amparo Gutierrez)
Gustavo Alberto Saballos ...
Sgt. Gonzalez
Ivan Turcios ...
Etiope
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Alsino, a boy of 10 or 12, lives with his grandmother in a remote area of Nicaragua. He's engulfed in the war between rebels and government troops when a US advisor orders the army to open a staging area by the boy's hamlet. Alsino tries to be a child, climbing trees with a girl, looking through his grandfather's trunk of mementos and trying to fly; he goes to town to sell a saddle, has his first drink and is taken to a brothel. But the war surrounds him. The US advisor takes Alsino on a chopper flight, but he's unimpressed. The soldiers' cruelties awake rebel sympathies in Alsino, and after an army assault backfires, the lad is fully baptized into the conflict. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The film was Academy Award nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. The picture, a Latin American co-production, was the first film to be Oscar nominated for the countries of Costa Rica, Cuba, and Nicaragua, though for Academy rules, this was classified as a Nicaraguan feature film. See more »

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This movie was awful
21 January 2000 | by (Houghton, NY) – See all my reviews

Its obvious political biases aside, this movie was terribly made and impossible to follow. Scenes were pieced together as if someone had cut up the reel, scattered the tape on the ground, and given the director only five minutes to tape it back together in no particular order. When characters were in doubt for dialogue, which was often, unnecessary profanity was used liberally. The movie didn't make sense, it preached incessantly, and it had the same entertainment value as cutting off your own finger. Alsino can keep his condor, thank you.


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