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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edgardo Nieva ...
Horacio Taicher ...
El Ruso
Juan Costa ...
Jesús Gatica
María Eva Gatica ...
Virginia Innocenti ...
Adolfo Yanelli ...
El Rosarino
Eduardo Cutuli ...
Fioravanti (as Cutuli)
Cecilia Cenci ...
Armando Capo ...
Erasmo Olivera ...
Jorge Baza de Candia ...
Gordo Cantina
Martín Andrade ...
Don Lázaro
Silvia Parotti ...
Andrés Consiglio ...


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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Release Date:

13 May 1993 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Gatica el mono  »

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| (5.1) (L-R)


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1.75 : 1
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Edgardo Nieva, the lead actor, had 3 plastic surgeries to resemble Gatica. He changed his eyes, his nose and his ears. See more »

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A true, but tragic story of an Argentine Idol
22 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To the average film-goer, the name Jose Maria Gatica known as "El Mono" (That's Spanish for Monkey) means little or nothing. But, to South American and Argentine fans, the name brings back memories of a colorful, romantic, and controversial time in Argentine history.

Jose Maria Gatica was born in extreme poverty in the capital of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He learned to fight in the streets and was discovered by Nicolas Preziosa who turned Gatica into "El Mono" and made him the nations greatest boxing idol of the mid 1940s & early 1950s. Noted for his "hurricane" style of punching, Gatica racked up an impressive knockout streak and became the toast of the country. Argentina's dictator General Juan Peron and his beautiful wife Evita were ringside for most of his fights. He had a pet lion, drank the finest wines from a host of beauties high-heeled shoes. He dressed in silk suits & dined and danced in the best clubs.

However, knockout losses, and his "fast-living" spelled his complete downfall. And fall he did. Deserted by his fans, shunned by Peron, he quickly faded from the scene after having scored a remarkable 72 knockout victories. He ended up a sad sight; broke, selling nic-nacs in the street. He died at age 38 after being run-over by a bus.

This is a disturbingly, well-acted film. It captures a time now long gone. In some ways, it's the story of all us........chasing dreams....dreams of love.......dreams of glory.......dreams of riches....sadly, in many cases, those dreams have passed us has the legend of Jose "El Mono" Gatica,once the idol of his nation.

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