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Red Dawn (1990)

Rojo amanecer (original title)
A Claustrophobic experience which involves a Mexican middle class family into the atrocities made by wild and heartless army forces whose main objective seems to be students who do not permit the 1968's Olimpic games' to develop normally.

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Héctor Bonilla ...
Humberto
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Alicia
Jorge Fegán ...
Don Roque
Ademar Arau ...
Carlos
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Jorge (as Demian Bichir)
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Sergio
Marta Aura ...
Neighbor woman
Eduardo Palomo ...
Injured Boy
Carlos Cardán ...
Second lieutenant
Leonor Bonilla ...
Girl
Paloma Robles ...
Graciela
Simón Guevara ...
Boy 1
Sergio Sánchez ...
Boy 2
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Soldier
Santiago Allende ...
Student 1
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October 2, 1968 in Mexico City. There's only ten days for the Olympic Games and a small student's revolt has turned into a major political turmoil. A meeting will be carry out that day in Tlatelolco (the largest housing complex in the city) and the situation is extremely tense. A typical middle-class mexican family (living in Tlatelolco) will be tragically involved in the events, when the meeting is brutally interrupted by the army and hundreds of people are killed in the square in front of their apartment building. Written by Maximiliano Maza <mmaza@campus.mty.itesm.mx>

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18 October 1990 (Mexico)  »

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Bengalas en el cielo  »

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Before the military attack we see a clock with the word "Quartz" on its face. In Mexico, electronic clocks were not in common use until the 1970s. See more »

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Some incredible acting and a treat of "black "Mexican history.
30 December 2007 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

When I saw the film as it was released in the theaters, I thought it was a superb film. More than a decade later, a part of such awe is gone. The plot? A middle-class family undergoes the violent events happened in Tlatelolco, Mexico City, in 1968.

The sound recording and editing was most probably done by butchers. Clumsy ones. The firing sounds seem to be stolen from a Pink Panther cartoon episode. I suppose –though– that the budget was small, so I will not insist too much on it.

There is nonetheless some VERY good acting in here, performed by Héctor Bonilla, María Rojo and Demián Bichir. My highlight performance happens when Bonilla angrily addresses his sons at the family table, after arriving from work. Sadly, most of the other actors perform poorly (Bruno Bichir, although decently acting,is decidedly overshadowed by his brother). The pamphlet girl's acting is wooden and many other actors seemed to have been simply borrowed from a student theatrical company. The cops (judiciales) are almost a caricature and -even though they can be brutal in real life- suffer from overacting.

The scenery is flawless and honest. Lighting is OK, but nothing out of the ordinary. Some dialog lines are marvelously embellished and made "real" by Bonilla's and Rojo's delivery, although the dialog lines in general tend to sound kitschy, biased and overdone when dealing with political issues.

Recommended to those who want to analyze the evolution of the recent Mexican cinema and to evil cops who are looking forward into improving their verbal intimidation techniques.


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