An Argentina film, which narrates the life of Argentine boxer José María Gatica, from his childhood until his tragic death in Buenos Aires in 1963.

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Edgardo Nieva ...
Gatica
Horacio Taicher ...
El Ruso
Juan Costa ...
Jesús Gatica
María Eva Gatica ...
Madre
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Ema
Virginia Innocenti ...
Nora
Adolfo Yanelli ...
El Rosarino
Eduardo Cutuli ...
Fioravanti (as Cutuli)
Cecilia Cenci ...
Evita
Armando Capo ...
Perón
Erasmo Olivera ...
Gatiquita
Jorge Baza de Candia ...
Gordo Cantina
Martín Andrade ...
Don Lázaro
Silvia Parotti ...
Italianita
Andrés Consiglio ...
Rusito
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An Argentina film, which narrates the life of Argentine boxer José María Gatica, from his childhood until his tragic death in Buenos Aires in 1963.

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13 May 1993 (Argentina)  »

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Gatica el mono  »

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Argentina's official selection for the 1993 Oscar Awards, Foreign Language film category. However, it was pulled out of the competition by director Leonardo Fabio himself as form of complaint about the problems of the film industry. See more »

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Sorry, this is no Raging Bull.
13 August 2015 | by (garbanzo) – See all my reviews

Based on some of the enthusiastic reviews that I read here (including one claiming that this film "makes Raging Bull look like a kindergarden film"), I was expecting a very raw, potent biopic about José María Gatica, also known as "El Mono" ("The Monkey"), a popular Argentine boxer who fought in the 40s and 50s, whose personal life was undone by excess and decadence. Instead, the film feels stagey and melodramatic. The music is too sentimental. Much of the acting, especially Eduardo Nieva's in the main role, feels forced. I think he tries a bit to imitate Al Pacino or Robert De Niro, but his constant screaming isn't visceral, just annoying. Gatica does come across as an out-of-control nouveau riche (who reminded me a lot of a certain Argentine football legend), but his portrayal of the character isn't compelling enough to keep one interested throughout two hours. I think Erasmo Olivera, who plays the younger Gatica, has significantly more presence on the screen. The photography is sometimes quite powerful, while other times it risks being overly nostalgic. Probably the movie's strongest point, it seems inspired by some of the films of Francis Ford Coppola or Bernardo Bertolucci. I was disappointed by most of the fighting scenes, with one exception, a surreal moment that combines unakin visual and sound elements: on the one hand, slow-motion shots of two boxers resting between rounds, panting heavily, sweating and bleeding profusely, and on the other, the voice of a priest delivering Mass in Latin. It happens unexpectedly and, although hard to explain exactly why, it works like magic. Somehow, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. I wish there had been more surprises like that, more unpredictability and mystery. To be fair, this is an undeniably ambitious, probably fairly expensive period film with great production (costumes, cars, etc.) But perhaps the project became too large and complex for the director to pay attention to the details and give life to the characters. Gatica's story is unique and sad, worthy of a biopic. But the film lacks punch, if you'll pardon the pun. I actually found it painful to watch – unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons.


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