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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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Credited cast:
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Alan Esquivel ...
Alsino
Carmen Bunster ...
Alsino's Grandmother
Alejandro Parodi ...
The Major
Delia Casanova ...
Rosaria
Marta Lorena Pérez ...
Lucia
Reynaldo Miravalles ...
Don Nazario, the Birdman
Marcelo Gaete ...
Lucia's Grandfather
Jan Kees De Roy ...
Dutch Adviser
Luz Amparo Gutiérrez
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Jan Kees de Rooy ...
Dutch Adviser
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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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Am I a fool for propaganda?
4 April 2001 | by (Denver, Colorad) – See all my reviews

I actually liked this movie....but after reading other comments, I'm wondering what happened to me. Was I hypnotized? Was it because I was reading subtitles? I truly did care about the little boy in this film. And the scenes of war in this Central American country were heartwrenching. Really hit me hard. Am I a fool for propaganda? Was I being played like a violin? I also thought Dean Stockwell was great in his role as the American chopper pilot. I especially loved his drunk scene - uh, maybe because it reminded me of all the fights I used to have with my ex.....the one lighthearted moment in a film filled with heavy sorrows.


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