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18 October 1990 (Mexico) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Héctor Bonilla ... Humberto

María Rojo ... Alicia
Jorge Fegán ... Don Roque
Ademar Arau ... Carlos

Demián Bichir ... Jorge (as Demian Bichir)

Bruno Bichir ... 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

Roberto Sosa ... Soldier
Santiago Allende ... Student 1
María Teresa Mondragón ... Woman crying at stairs
Blas García ... Agent 1
Baltazar Oviedo ... Agent 2
Armando González Valero ... Agent 3
Rafael Pérez Fons ... Student 2
Alberto Pedret ... TV announcer
Fernando Ibarra ... Dustman

Directed by
Jorge Fons 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Guadalupe Ortega 
Xavier Robles 

Produced by
Héctor Bonilla .... producer
Valentín Trujillo .... producer
Original Music by
Eduardo Roel 
Karen Roel 
Cinematography by
Miguel Garzón 
Film Editing by
Sigfrido García Jr. 
Production Design by
José Luis Garduño 
Helmut Greisser 
Set Decoration by
Helmut Greisser 
Mario Sánchez 
Costume Design by
Denise Romero 
Makeup Department
Laura Bonilla .... makeup artist
Production Management
Francisco García .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elvia D'Angelis .... assistant director
Julio Fons .... assistant director
Sergio Muñoz Güemes .... assistant director
Art Department
Fernando Ibarra .... props
José Luis López .... props
Manuel Sáinz .... graphic artist
Sound Department
Sergio Castro .... sound effects
Marithé Chico .... sound mixer
Juan Chávez .... sound effects
Leonel Durán López .... boom operator (as Leonel Durán)
Martha García .... sound mixer
Rogelio Pichardo .... sound operator
René Ruiz Cerón .... sound re-recordist
Fernando Álvarez .... dubbing sound
Camera and Electrical Department
José Alonso .... still photographer
Miguel Urbina .... camera operator
Gabriel Vega .... electrician
Editorial Department
Marithé Chico .... assistant editor
Juan Manuel Fregoso .... assistant editor
Martha García .... assistant editor
Susana González .... negative cutter
Lorenzo Mondragón .... color corrector
Other crew
Sofia Alvarez .... production coordinator (as Sofía Álvarez)
Ademar Arau .... historical consultant
Armando González .... historical consultant
Miguel González .... caterer
María del Carmen Jiménez .... actor's association delegate
Víctor Lozoya .... production assistant
Eduardo Mendoza .... title designer
Ricardo Pérez Tapia .... production assistant
Roberto Sosa .... dialogue coach
Mario Torres .... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rojo amanecer" - Mexico (original title)
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Canada:96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Mexico:B (DVD re-rating) (2005) | Mexico:C (original rating) (1989)

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Anachronisms: 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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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A tragedy that changed the freedom of speech in México, perfectly shown in this movie., 15 December 2003
Author: insomniac_rod from Noctropolis

ROJO AMANECER shows perfectly the situation that blackened the lives of hundreds of Mexicans back in 1968. People who watch the movie should understand the truth about the events and then watch the movie to get the director's point of view. Even if you think that the events happened in another way you should still watch this film.

The killings in La Plaza de Las 3 culturas is the most terrible and violent event in Mexican contemporary story. This film showed what really happened in a crude and realistic way. The story is well crafted, the character development is great, and the explaination of how the events ocurred was perfectly narrated through the dramatic plot.

The direction is excelent as it's a dramatic film based on real events, instead of a documentary the dramatic plot fit perfect. The acting couldn't have been better. Consolidated and talented actors like Héctor Bonilla, Maria Rojo, Eduardo Palomo, and Demián Bichir, give the best performances in the film. The score is crude but effective, works perfect with the tension of the film. The cinematography gave a documentary feel, still it worked great.

ROJO AMANECER is without a doubt, one of the best Mexican films of all time. Not only for being a great produced film, it's a film that has the intention to show how things really happened, and sadly, nowadays the events shown in the movie are the pure reflection of a decadent Mexican society.

Excelent film, recommended for everyone. ACTING 10 DIRECTION 10 SCORE 9 FUN FACTOR 10


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