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Red Dawn (1990)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Héctor Bonilla ...
Jorge Fegán ...
Don Roque
Ademar Arau ...
Marta Aura ...
Neighbor woman
Eduardo Palomo ...
Injured Boy
Carlos Cardán ...
Second lieutenant
Leonor Bonilla ...
Paloma Robles ...
Simón Guevara ...
Boy 1
Sergio Sánchez ...
Boy 2
Santiago Allende ...
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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 <>

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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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not much has changed!
7 July 2002 | by (tijuana, mexico) – See all my reviews

i recently saw this movie again, and it just made me feel sick, because even though that actually happened 34 years ago, and we as a society think that so much has changed, you soon realize that it hasn't, because that could actually happen again in this day and age, and it actually has, of course we don't hear anything about it, as we didn't hear much about it back then, there's a scene in the movie, when the family after thinking the worst is over, sit around the tv to watch the news, and they are shocked to hear the news anchor reports about just a minor disturbance, with some injured and some dead, 34 years latter we still don't know the whole story, but what we do know is that it wasn't a minor disturbance, hundreds of students, most in their late teens or early twenty's where slaughtered like pigs in the middle of the street by the mexican army, that's the reason all student movement's are doomed to fail, because politicians who are supposed to be the ones looking after us don't think twice about murdering the innocent as long as they get to stay in power, a lot of people don't understand, and say "well they asked for it" or "what where they protesting", they where protesting a corrupt government that didn't think twice about doing what it did, there's some very violent scenes in the movie, but i don't think it was enough, i wish this movie was so raw and in your face that it would have been able to wake up everyone who is still living in the dream world.

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