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20 April 1991 (USA) See more »
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Anthony Hopkins ... Joel

Norma Aleandro ... Nidia

Fernanda Torres ... Dolly

Leonardo García Vale ... Joelito
Miah Michelle ... Analy
Ana Ofelia Murguía ... Dona Teresa
José Antonio Estrada ... Leandro

Rubén Blades ... Perrone

Sergio Bustamante ... Gomes
René Pereyra ... Pena
Claudia Guzmán ... Charo
Rufino Echegoyen ... Duarte
Salvador Sánchez ... Ramirez
Malena Doria ... Senora Ramirez
Gerardo Quiroz ... Ramirez's Son
Álvaro Carcaño ... Officer at Airport
Farnesio de Bernal ... Judge
Honorato Magaloni ... Mecical Director

Guillermo Ríos ... Antonio
Claudio Brook ... Robledo
Homero Garza ... Roadblock Officer
Alfredo Orta ... Officer
Justo Martínez ... Doctor Godoy
Martin Lassalle ... 1st Doctor
Fernando Moya ... 2nd Doctor
Fermín Zúñiga ... Man in Colonnade
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jon Kean ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Sergio Toledo 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Carter 
Sergio Toledo 

Produced by
David Ball .... associate producer
Graham Benson .... executive producer
Colin Callender .... executive producer
Ann Skinner .... producer
Original Music by
John M. Keane 
Cinematography by
Rodolfo Sánchez 
Film Editing by
Laurence Méry-Clark 
Production Design by
Tim Hutchinson 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Holdich 
Christa von Humboldt 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Miguel Lima .... first assistant director
Art Department
René Marquéz .... assistant property master
Larry Meritt .... logo designer
Sound Department
Rodney Glenn .... supervising sound editor
Transportation Department
Arturo Curiel .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Emilia Arau .... location manager
Sally Jones .... script supervisor
Ana Rebuelta .... co-script supervisor
João Paulo Schlittler .... title designer

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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Anthony Hopkins created such a hard time for director 'Sérgio Toledo' that, after the film was finished, Toledo decided to quit filmmaking, even though his first movie, Vera (1986/II), received great accolades in his country, Brazil. Toledo never set foot on a set again.See more »


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Good but could be great, 3 December 2011
Author: Rodrigo Amaro ( from São Paulo, Brazil

What brought me to this film were three factors: 1) Sir Anthony Hopkins and the fact that I've never heard of this film until recently; 2) director Sérgio Toledo, whose film "Vera" was the latest one I've seen and it's one of Brazil's greatest film of all so I really wanted to see what he could do with a foreigner cast and 3) a film that takes place in Paraguay during Stroessner dictatorship, this thematic rarely presented in films even today. I liked this film but I must say that I won't look forward to see it again due to its poor aspects of presenting a real story that had everything to be greater that it's not.

In "One Man's War", Hopkins plays an English medical doctor living with his family in Paraguay and treating the poor people from the surroundings, who has his life turned upside down when his son was mysteriously murdered in what could have been an attack to him since he's opposed to the military dictatorship of the country. The doctor and his family will take lots of risk while trying to prove that the government was involved in the murder.

The story is too simple, at times very unrealistic but for the most part is quite melodramatic, and it takes a lot to make us immersed in it. It gets helped by the performances of Hopkins, Norma Aleandro, Fernanda Torres (always excellent) and Rubén Blades (playing the lawyer who helps the family in this journey). Maybe it was because I've seen countless films with this theme (resembles "Missing" a lot but never touches its greatness) or unknown reasons but I felt that this film missed something, it never fulfilled much of my hopes which is sad because Toledo demonstrated great talent in "Vera". To make things even sadder this is his last film, and according to trivia section he quit making films after getting a hard time from the perfectionist main star. Don't know if this was real or not but every rumor has a little bit of truth hidden but since then he has not directed anything else.

Hopkins fans and those who love real life stories with lots of tension and drama will like this. 6/10

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