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The City and the Dogs (1985)

La ciudad y los perros (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 18 June 1985 (Peru)
Four angry cadets have formed an inner circle in an attempt to beat the system and ward off the boredom and stifling confinement of the military academy, set off a chain of events that ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pablo Serra ...
The Poet / El Poeta
Gustavo Bueno ...
Lt. Gamboa / Teniente Gamboa
Luis Álvarez ...
El Coronel
Juan Manuel Ochoa ...
The Jaguar / El Jaguar
Eduardo Adrianzén ...
The Slave / El Esclavo
Liliana Navarro ...
Miguel Iza ...
Aristóteles Picho ...
The Snake / Boa
Toño Vega ...
El Rulos (as Antonio Vega)
Isabel Duval ...
Teresa's aunt
Ricardo Mejía
David Meléndez
Jean Cotos
Pablo Briche
Guillermo Injoque


Four angry cadets have formed an inner circle in an attempt to beat the system and ward off the boredom and stifling confinement of the military academy, set off a chain of events that starts with a theft and leads to murder. Written by Anonymous

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18 June 1985 (Peru)  »

Also Known As:

A Cidade e os Cães  »

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1.85 : 1
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The film was shot in a nearby een jail, the building were very alike. See more »


When Cadet Alberto Fernández ("The Poet") is giving evidence to the Colonel, a boom mic is visible twice. See more »


Lt. Gamboa: Why are you staring at me cadet? You want my picture on my bare ass or what?
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Remade as Yaguar (1986) See more »

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Sure is another Cult Film.
9 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie sure is a cult film, a different film like most of the latin american films at those years, despite of most of the latin american films, this film doesn't talk about misery and specifics local troubles, isn't the kind of film that is corny and raw, and doesn't show poverty as a mass show, like mostly of the mexicans and colombians film, and it's not another exaggeration of literature cliché like argentinian director Eliseo Subiela did on "Man looking Southeast", or another comunist propaganda like some of the cubans film did it at that time, this peruvian film show human nature, the behaviors and misbahaviors of the young boys that are being preparing to the miltary life but in a deeper point of view, portraits specifically the kind of people that fulls the military institutions, maybe world wide, there is no war, but the war inside of them and everybody else, specially the inside and outside world, the movie it's a general portrait of a miltary school and the kind of people inside there, most of them with internal conflicts, and two faces to show, most of the time the movie shows this behavior in a dark comedy way, discipline is the main conflict of this movie, who determinates that, if the same institution that teach it for "love to the land", doesn't show it?, doesn't talk about corruption in a typical underdevelopment country, but it's about ambigual ethical behavior. Most of the perople sure see this movie but without susceptibilities if you feel identify with one of the characters. Maybe some say that a latin american director couldn't make so complex film, Francisco Lombardi sure did it. Must See.

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