Red Dawn (1990)
"Rojo amanecer" (original title)

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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 ...
Student 1


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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Release Date:

18 October 1990 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Bengalas en el cielo  »

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When the soldiers aimed Granpa and Gracielita to their flat, some soldiers in the stairs dressing like civil where hitting two teachers that where found hidden in the top of the building, meanwhile, the Grandpa and the rest of the family are watching at the door. During the fight there are some shots taking as the stairs as the door of the flat, shifts from day to night are notable in each take. See more »

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Honest and crude, yet wonderful
5 June 2004 | by (mexico city, mexico) – See all my reviews

This is one of the greatest movies I've ever seen. It is, I can't deny, really crude even if it doesn't show images of the killing itself, but it clearly reflects what Mexico and its students went through that year. It is not a political correct movie, and the fact that talents such as Demián Bichir and Héctor Bonilla are in it has to show the magnitude of its quality. It's a pity that still today it's so hard to find and it's not shown on open TV, and it's a pity that still now a days there's so much info that we don't know about the subject, and it's a pity that still now a days some people think that those students and all those people gathered at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas actually deserved what they got. They were students, barely starting to live, for God's sake! Heard Cuarón is doing a new version of the 68 massacre, we gotta see how that goes, but I trust that he'll do justice to it, he is a great director and he was, after all, a kid at the moment all of this happened. He lived through this. I hope that movie does come out. "2 de octubre no se olvida"

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