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Cast overview, first billed only:
María Casanova ...
Miguel Rellán ...
José Bódalo ...
Manuel Lorenzo ...
Rafael de Penagos ...
Miguel Sampedro
Arturo Fernández ...
Don Gregorio
José Manuel Cervino ...
Maite Marchante
José Yepes ...
José Luis Merino ...
Fernando Bilbao ...
Matón chalet
Antonio del Río
Manuel Ruiz


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1 August 1983 (Spain)  »

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The Crack II  »

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Good sequel and once again a portentous acting by the great Alfredo Landa as the embittered detective Areta
16 June 2016 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Splendid film in American ¨Noir¨ style in which Germán Areta (a too serious Alfredo Landa) nicknamed ¨Piojo¨ undertakes another assignment . German in appointed by his old friend Don Ricardo (Jose Bodalo) who gives him a peculiar case . As the bitter as well as stubborn Areta carries out a new investigation , full of topical and ¨Castizo¨ characters who tell about boxing , play ¨Mus¨ cards and go to Madrid cinemas . Private detective Germán Areta gets a mysterious gay client who wishes to investigate his long lost , runaway ex-lover . German once again goes into action to investigate whereabouts a doctor from a pharmaceutical lab . Being helped by Cardenas , alias ¨El Moro¨(Miguel Rellan) , and following his sentimental problems with his ordinary girlfriend , Carmen (Maria Casanova) . But when Germán starts looking into case , strange happenings take place , such as robbing and killing , as someone else is also interested in him , someone powerful and dangerous who will stop at nothing to prevent Areta from knowing the truth.

Second installment about adventures and misfortunes of sleuth Areta , the most particular private eye of the Spanish cinema . After the successful political-sentimental trilogy formed by ¨Asignatura Pendiente¨(1977) , ¨Solos En Madrugada¨(1978) and ¨Verdes Praderas¨(1979) , director Jose Luis Garci changes genre and shoots this noir film imitating the American style and popular actors as Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum . Here the premise is simple , Areta is assigned by an old gay man to investigate his ex-lover , it leads him to the dark , underbelly of Madrid , he realizes that he is not only one looking for this old homosexual . In spite of slowness , the picture is pretty well , filled with suspense , thrills , emotion and a complex intrigue . Although it contains a weak pace , slow developing and a difficult storyline dealing with homosexuals , chemical laboratories , false medicines , a dark Mafia and many other things . Here Jose Luis Garci and screenwriter Horacio Valcárcel adapt the American Noir to Democratic Spain with an adequate homage to this classic genre . As Garci pays tribute to it , including some frames from ¨The asphalt jungle¨(1950) with Marilyn Monroe and Louis Calhern . The film is dedicated to Raymond Chandler , while the first part ¨The Crack I¨ was dedicated to Dasiell Hammet . The main aspect results to be its excellent cast and stands out Alfredo Landa giving a fabulous performance , including some breathtaking scenes in the beginning when Areta/Landa faces a group of small-time delinquents . Support cast gives nice interpretations such as Maria Casanova as his sweetheart , Miguel Rellán as his helper , Arturo Fernández as a wealthy mobster , Rafael De Penagos as a veteran , higher class gay , José Manuel Cervino as an Inspector Chief , Fernando Bilbao as a corpulent bodyguard and , of course , the great José Bódalo . Most of them played in ¨The crack I¨ adding Manuel Tejada , Francisco Vidal , Raul Freire and Maite Blasco. Enjoyable and appropriate settings by Felix Murcia . Sentimental and repeated musical score by Jesus Gluck , being composed and performed by piano . Colorful cinematography by Manuel Rojas , showing wonderfully the city of Madrid .

The motion picture was compellingly written (along with his usual collaborator Horacio Valcarcel) , financed (by his production company called Nickel Odeaon S.A.) and directed by Jose Luis Garci , though it was strongly criticized by melodrama trending and a very maudlin soundtrack . Jose Luis knows very well the American Noir genre and here he translates it to the Spanish idiosyncrasy . José Luis Garci is without a doubt one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film in Spain and perhaps the best known writer in the country . Garci won one Academy Award for ¨Volver a Empezar¨. He has left a distinguished talent in his successful movies throughout the years , as writing as shooting , such as : La Cabina (1972) , Las Verdes Praderas (1979), Sesión Continua , Volver a Empezar (1982), Canción De Cuna (1994), La Herida Luminosa (1997), El Abuelo (1998), Tiovivo c. 1950 (2004) , Ninette (2005) , Luz Del Domingo , among others. Rating : Better than average and well worth seeing . For these reasons ¨Crack II¨ is essential and indispensable watching .

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