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The Official Story (1985)

La historia oficial (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 8 November 1985 (USA)
After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Héctor Alterio ...
Roberto
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Alicia
Chunchuna Villafañe ...
Ana
Hugo Arana ...
Enrique
Guillermo Battaglia ...
Jose
Chela Ruíz ...
Sara
Patricio Contreras ...
Benitez
María Luisa Robledo ...
Nata
Aníbal Morixe ...
Miller
Jorge Petraglia ...
Macci
Analia Castro ...
Gaby
Daniel Lago ...
Dante
Augusto Larreta ...
General
Laura Palmucci ...
Rosa
Leal Rey ...
Cura
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Storyline

Alicia Marnet de Ibáñez is a high school history professor and a well-to-do housewife in Buenos Aires, circa 1983, after the fall of the "junta militar" that had taken over the government since 1976. She has a husband, Roberto, who is a succesful lawyer and a five-year-old adopted daughter. Written by Miguel Cane

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A truth too frightening to ignore. See more »

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Drama | History | War

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The house where Alicia, Roberto and Gaby live is actually the house of the director, Luis Puenzo. See more »

Quotes

Ana: [to Roberto] Gaby is wonderful. She says I'm the "divided" friend.
Alicia: [laughing] She can't pronounce devoted. She loves the word and uses it constantly.
Roberto: Will you be staying?
Ana: I don't know yet.
Roberto: You're looking good. I never saw you in a skirt before. Europe was good for you, wasn't it? It seems to have polished up your edges.
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References The Muppet Show (1976) See more »

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El pais del nome acuerdo
Written by María Elena Walsh
Sung by Analia Castro
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It perfectly express what we, Argentinos, lived during those times of suffering.
16 January 1999 | by (Bella Vista, Argentina) – See all my reviews

I really don´t know whether someone from other country, someone who doesn´t know our suffering during the military goverment, would like this movie. I loved it because I saw on screen what my family lived just two decades ago. I think that this movie is a documental that everyone should see to realize that what happened only 20 years ago, shouldn´t happen again in any civilized country.


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