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El día de la bestia (1995)

A Catholic priest teams up with a Black Metal fan and an Italian connoisseur of the occult, to prevent the birth of the beast and the end of the world.

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Cast

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Cura (as Alex Angulo)
Armando De Razza ...
Cavan
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Rosario (as Terele Pavez)
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Mina
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Susana
Gianni Ippoliti ...
Productor
Jaime Blanch ...
Toyota 1
David Pinilla ...
Toyota 2
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Toyota 3
Ignacio Carreño ...
Toyota 4
Saturnino García ...
Sacerdote Anciano (as Saturnino Garcia)
El Gran Wyoming ...
Nuevo Cavan (as Gran Wyoming)
Pololo ...
Abuelo Terminal
Higinio Barbero ...
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Storyline

A Basque priest finds by means of a cabalistic study of the Bible that the Antichrist is going to be born on Christmas Day in Madrid. Assisted by a heavy-metal fan and the host of a TV show on the occult, he will try to summon the Devil to find out the place of birth and kill the baby. Written by Miguel A. Andrade <andrade@gredos.cnb.uam.es>

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A devilishly dark comedy


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, language, drug use and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 December 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Day of the Beast  »

Box Office

Budget:

€2,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,479 (USA) (25 December 1998)

Gross:

$15,324 (USA) (1 January 1999)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Both Gabino Diego and Javier Bardem turned down the role of Jose María. See more »

Goofs

The last scene takes place nine months after Christmas, but the flowers and trees in the park show that it's early spring. See more »

Crazy Credits

Jaime Blanch's, David Pinilla's, Antonio Dechent's and Ignacio Carreño's characters are listed as "Toyota". These characters were replaced in later drafts of the scripts as "assailants". In the movie, they are called "Limpia Madrid", but credits still call them "Toyota." See more »

Connections

References Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) See more »

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El día de la bestia
Performed by Def Con Dos
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Clearly underrated
27 June 2006 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

A complete cult film in Spain.

I think Alex is one of the most original talents in nowadays cinema. And not only in Spain, all over the world.

You have to realize what it means to issue such a film, and what a danger you take. How he uses black humour and keeps tension on every scene is incredible. And he has shown that in every one of his films, specially in The perfect crime (a pearl of how to use black humour), 800 bullets and Common Wealth. These are films to take with an open mind, no previous thoughts of what are you going to find. I'm still surprised at each one of his new films.

A masterpiece, but not a film for everybody.


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