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20 September 2002 (Spain) See more »
An honest man caught in a world of intrigue, power and passion.
A police detective in a South American country is dedicated to hunting down a revolutionary guerilla leader. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Javier Bardem ... Agustín Rejas

Juan Diego Botto ... Sucre

Laura Morante ... Yolanda

Elvira Mínguez ... Llosa
Alexandra Lencastre ... Sylvina Rejas

Oliver Cotton ... Merino
Luís Miguel Cintra ... Calderón
Javier Manrique ... Clorindo
Abel Folk ... Ezequiel / Durán
Marie-Anne Berganza ... Laura
Lucas Rodríguez ... Gómez
Xabier Elorriaga ... Pascual

Natalia Dicenta ... Marina

Wolframio Sinué ... Santiago
Ramiro Jiménez ... Sergeant Pisac
Montserrat Astudillo ... Woman in Pick-up - Edith Pusanga
Galo Urbina ... Indian 1 in Pick-up
Jairon Flores ... Indian 2 in Pick-up
Lam Chuen ... Major Kwan
José Antonio Izaguirre ... Quesada
Isabel Prinz ... Quesada's Wife
Ignacio Carreño ... Quesada's Bodyguard
Benjamas Boonnak ... Chinese Ambassadress
Tito García ... Admiral Prado
Veronica Noboa ... Model (as Verónica Noboa)
Luis Gaspar ... Judge
Steve Emerson ... TV Producer
Carlos Carrillo ... TV Technician
Eusebio Lázaro ... Father Ramon
Paulina Aguilar ... Shanty Girl
Esteban Salazar ... Shanty Policeman
German Nuñez ... Manager (as German Núñez)
Pachacutic Chugchilan ... Bomb Boy

Juan Carlos Vellido ... Soldier 1 in Rejas' Office
Diego Naranjo ... Captain Montesinos
Montserrat Iglesias ... Student / Voice of Radio Announcer
Celina Casari ... Maria
Maribel Rivera ... Patricia
Ignacio Durán ... Theatre Manager

Frida Torresblanco ... Woman in Theatre
Ana Lozano ... Vera
Lola Peno ... Nurse
Javier Paez ... Army Colonel (as Javier Páez)
David Aguilar ... Boy with a Poster
Raquel Rocha ... Woman in Convertible
Alexis Rodrigues ... Man in Convertible
Daniel Aguilar ... CocaCola Cap
Yousaf Bokhari ... Radio Announcer (voice)
Natalia Tarnawiecki ... Radio Announcer (voice)
Carlos Thiebaut ... Radio Announcer (voice)
Nuevo Repertorio ... Theatre Group
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vivian Agüero ... Student (uncredited)
Nur Al Levi ... (uncredited)
Yohana Cobo ... Terrorista (uncredited)
Olga Dias ... Woman in Café Esplanade (uncredited)

Alicia Garrigues ... Actress (uncredited)
Ricardo Lopes ... Journalist (uncredited)
Joana Loureiro ... Lady (uncredited)

John Malkovich ... Abimael Guzman (uncredited)
Devon Walker ... Ballet Dancer Prodigy (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Malkovich 
Writing credits
Nicholas Shakespeare (novel)

Nicholas Shakespeare (screenplay)

Produced by
Yousaf Bokhari .... line producer
Andrés Vicente Gómez .... producer
Lianne Halfon .... executive producer
Nadine Luque .... associate producer
John Malkovich .... producer
Russell Smith .... executive producer (as Russ Smith)
Original Music by
Alberto Iglesias 
Cinematography by
José Luis Alcaine (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mario Battistel 
Casting by
Katrina Bayonas 
Camilla-Valentine Isola 
Production Design by
Pierre-François Limbosch  (as Pierre-François Limbosh)
Art Direction by
Pierre-François Limbosch (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Laura Musso 
Costume Design by
Bina Daigeler 
Makeup Department
Lucy Da Silva .... assistant makeup artist: Ecuador
Manolo García .... hair stylist
Ana Lozano .... makeup designer
Mariló Osuna .... makeup artist
Production Management
Adélaide Empis .... production manager: Portugal (as Adelaide Empis)
Josean Gómez .... production supervisor: Ecuador
Guiselle Jaramillo .... unit manager: Ecuador
Rui Louro .... production supervisor: Portugal
Ana Parra .... unit manager: Madrid
Iñaki Ros .... production manager: Madrid
Pocho Álvarez .... production manager: Ecuador
Frida Torresblanco .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
João Cayatte .... assistant director: Portugal (as Joao Cayatte)
Diego Falconi .... third assistant director: Ecuador
César Fernandes .... third assistant director: Portugal (as Cesar Fernandes)
Daniela Forn .... second assistant director
David Martínez .... first assistant director
Rita Rubio .... third assistant director: Madrid
Art Department
José Avilés .... prop buyer: Ecuador
José Carracedo .... stand-by props (as Jota Carracedo)
Susana Fernández .... art department assistant: Madrid
Roberto Frisone .... art director: Ecuador
Fernando Garcia .... construction manager: Ecuador
Juan Manuel Garcia .... props assistant: Madrid
Serafín González .... stagehand
Pablo Iturralde .... stand-by props: Ecuador
Fernando Jiménez .... construction manager: Ecuador
Javier López .... propman: Madrid (as Fco. Javier López)
Marcelo Mejia .... propsman: Ecuador
Laura Musso .... set dresser: Madrid
Victor Rodríguez .... graphic designer: Madrid
María Lourdes Rosero .... assistant art director: Ecuador (as Mª Lourdes Rosero)
Nuria Sanjuan .... art director: Madrid
José M. Serrano .... prop buyer: Madrid (as José Mariano Serrano)
Sound Department
Paolo Amici .... sound effects editor: Ecuador
Antonio Bloch .... production sound
Italo Cameracanna .... foley artist: Ecuador
Jordi Casugas .... adr recordist: Ecuador
Fernando Cuesta .... cable person: Ecuador
Bela María da Costa .... sound editor (as Bela Da Costa)
Marco De Gregori .... digital sound: pro-tools (as Marco De Gregory)
Enzo Diliberto .... foley artist: Ecuador (as Enzo Di Liberto)
Sara Fijo .... boom operator
Ángel Gallardo .... adr recordist: Ecuador
Arturo García .... adr editor: Ecuador
Carlos Garrido .... sound re-recordist
Diego Garrido .... sound re-recordist: Ecuador
Antonello Giorgiucci .... adr recordist: Ecuador
Ezio Marcorin .... sound effects editor: Ecuador
Marco Marinelli .... sound effects editor: Ecuador
Massimo Marinelli .... sound effects editor: Ecuador
Daniele Quadroli .... sound effects editor: Ecuador
David Quadroli .... sound effects editor
Ricardo Viñas .... consultant: Dolby
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Jaume Puig .... sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)
Ken Teaney .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
César Abades .... special effects technician
Reyes Abades .... special effects
César Bustamante .... special effects assistant: Ecuador
Alfonso López .... special effects assistant: Ecuador
Juan Serrano .... special effects technician: Reyes Abades SFX (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jorge Calvo .... digital effects: Mad Pix Company
Pilar Cienfuegos .... 3D artist: Mad Pix Company
Isaac de la Pompa .... 3D artist: Mad Pix Company (as Isaac De La Pompa)
Juancho Fernández .... Inferno compositor: Mad Pix Company
Ramón Guzmán .... Inferno compositor: Mad Pix Company
Juan Ramón Herrero .... Inferno compositor: Mad Pix Company
Ezequiel Larrú .... Inferno compositor: Mad Pix Company
Rubén Villoria .... 3D artist: Mad Pix Company
José Miguel Zapata .... 3D artist: Mad Pix Company
David Andrade .... stunts: Ecuador
Mónica Consuegra .... stunt artist: Madrid
Miguel García .... stunt artist: Madrid
José María López .... stunt artist: Madrid (as José Mª López)
Ángel Plana .... stunt coordinator: Madrid
Manolo Torres .... stunt artist: Madrid
Sergio del Val .... stunt artist: Madrid (as Sergio Del Val)
Jorge Huergo .... stunts (uncredited)
Diego Álvarez .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Juan Aragonés .... clapper loader: "b" camera, Portugal
José Luis Arcos .... electrician: Portugal (as José Arcos)
Paola Ardizzoni .... still photographer
Jaime Avellaneda .... grip: Ecuador
Iñigo Bach .... electrician: Madrid
Iñigo Bach .... grip: Madrid
Joaquín Barrero .... camera operator: making-of
Luis Chalacán .... electrician: Ecuador
Cristobal Corral .... still photographer: Ecuador
Rodrigo Cueva .... grip: Ecuador
Luis Miguel Daza .... key grip
Jon Elicegi .... video operator
Juan C. Faidutti .... electrician: Ecuador
Elías Fernández .... electrician: Madrid
Alfredo González .... electrician: Madrid
Augusto Gómes .... electrician: Portugal
Luis Herrera .... video operator: Ecuador
Aarón López .... clapper loader: "a" camera (as Aaron López)
Emiliano Merino .... gaffer
Francisco Javier Merino .... electrician: Portugal (as Javier Merino)
Miguel Molina .... electrician: Ecuador
Juan C. Moreto .... electrician: Ecuador
Luis Muñoz .... electrician: Portugal
Tote Navalón .... focus puller: "b" camera
Ana María Ormaza .... camera loader: "b" camera, Ecuador
Fernando Paredes .... electrician: Ecuador
Félix Pascual .... electrician: Madrid
Jimy Pazmiño .... grip: Ecuador (as Jimmy Pazmiño)
Rui Poças .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jako Raybaut .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Jacques Raybaut)
Alfredo Salazar .... video operator: Ecuador
Joao Filipe Santos .... electrician: Portugal
Fernando Silva .... electrician: Portugal
Nicolai Soria .... grip: Ecuador
Goyo Sánchez .... focus puller: "a" camera
Marcelo Vallejo .... grip: Ecuador
Animation Department
Miguel A.S. Cogolludo .... animator: Kandor Graphics
J. Fernández .... animator: Kandor Graphics
O. Jiménez .... animator: Kandor Graphics
D. Marcos .... animator: Kandor Graphics
J.L. Navarro .... animator: Kandor Graphics
R. Pérez .... animator: Kandor Graphics
J.L. Rozúa .... animator: Kandor Graphics
Manuel Sicilia .... animator: Kandor Graphics (as M. Sicilia)
Casting Department
Tiago Mesquita .... extras casting
Galo Urbina .... extras casting assistant: Ecuador
Jorge Vivanco .... extras casting: Ecuador
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeremy Capilla .... wardrobe assistant: Ecuador
Raquel del Val .... wardrobe assistant (as Raquel Del Val)
Lily Flor .... wardrobe assistant: Ecuador
Ana López .... costumer
Rosa López .... seamstress: Madrid (as Rosa Mª López)
Silvia Meireles .... wardrobe assistant
Ana Salazar .... wardrobe assistant: Ecuador
Editorial Department
Irene Blecua .... assistant editor: Eduador
Patricia Bonet .... post-production assistant: Eduador
Elsa Fernández .... second assistant editor: Ecuador
Ascen Marchena .... assistant editor: Ecuador
Nino Martínez Sosa .... second assistant editor: Ecuador
Simon Njoo .... assistant editor: Ecuador
Dimas Ortiz .... second assistant editor: Ecuador
Cristina Pastor .... assistant editor: Ecuador
Aitor Tapia .... second assistant editor: Ecuador
Nicholas Wentworth .... executive in charge of post-production
Music Department
Pedro Alcalde .... conductor
Kolja Blacher .... musician: violin
Javier Casado .... musician: piano
José Luis Crespo .... music editor
José Luis Crespo .... music score engineer
Clarissa Farrán .... score copyist
Raquel Fernández .... assistant music scoring engineer
Juanjo Guillén .... musician: percussion
Christian Gómez .... music coordinator: Ecuador
Wolfgang Hoff .... music studio manager: SFB - Berlin
Sonia Lozano .... music production assistant
Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid .... performed by
Ekkehard Stoffregen .... music studio manager: SFB - Berlin
Dominik Wollenweber .... musician: English horn
Transportation Department
Antonio Fernández .... generator driver: Madrid
Juan Carlos Fuentes .... caravan driver: Madrid (as J. Carlos Fuentes)
Julián Hernández .... wardrobe truck driver: Madrid
Miguel Ángel López .... electric truck driver: Madrid
Javier Montero .... driver
Bernardino Villanueva .... driver: camera van, Madrid
Other crew
Roberto Aguirre .... location manager: Ecuador
Rita Almada .... production assistant: Portugal
Maria Carmen Arellano .... production runner: Ecuador (as Mª Carmen Arellano)
Juan C. Barahona .... production assistant: Ecuador
Sonia Barral .... production assistant
Olga Blázquez .... production secretary
Sandino Burbano .... floor runner: Ecuador
M. Conceição Cabral .... production secretary: Portugal
Alberto Calderón .... coach: Quechua
Paco G. Campoy .... director: making-of
Carlos G. Castro .... assistant: making-of
Ion Collar .... production assistant: Madrid
Ana Paula Cruz .... production assistant: Portugal
Victor Domingos .... military advisor: Portugal
Steve Emerson .... dialogue coach
Ana Escribano .... contact liaison
Ana Escribano .... production assistant
José Manuel Fernández .... accountant
Daniel Ferreira .... production runner: Portugal
Domingo González .... continuity
Belén Goñi .... assistant accountant (as Bélen Goñi)
Javier Gómez .... production assistant: Madrid
Mary Jamison .... adr dialogue coach: Ecuador
Lucila Lema .... coach: Quechua, Ecuador
Roberto Mancino .... production runner: Ecuador
Fernanda Marreiros .... cashier: Portugal
Margarita McDermott .... production coordinator (as Margarita Mcdermott)
Tito Molina .... floor runner: Ecuador
Goyo Montero .... choreographer
Víctor Mínguez .... production assistant: Madrid (as Victor Minguez)
Nuno Oliveira'Konadu' .... production runner/driver
Pablo Núñez .... main and end titles: Story Film
Renato Ortega .... production coordinator: Ecuador
Verónica Parada .... production secretary: Ecuador
José Pichel .... location manager: Portugal
André Principe .... production runner: Portugal
Mauricio Samaniego .... floor runner: Ecuador
Fernando Silva .... production runner: Portugal
Jay Simon .... adr dialogue
Eva Sklar .... publicist
Diogo Soveral .... production runner: Portugal
Miguel Stocker .... production assistant: Portugal
Valerie Vaca .... production assistant: Ecuador
César Vallejo .... cashier: Ecuador
Cristina Velasco .... matchback assistant: Ecuador
Filipe Verde .... production assistant: Portugal
James Ordonez .... production liaison: Ecuador (uncredited)
José Ramón Zabaleta .... production assistant (uncredited)
D. Luis Alfredo Muñoz .... thanks: Head of Customs - Quito
Fernando Méndez-Leite .... thanks (as D. Fernando Méndez Leite)
Michèle Ray-Gavras .... grateful acknowledgment: "State of Diege" by Costa Gavras
Cristina Rota .... thanks

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Rated R for strong violence, and for language
132 min
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In the beginning of the film, one of the revolutionaries tells a checkpoint security guard that his dead dog's name is Tupac. Tupac Amaru was the last indigenous leader of the Inca people in Peru and Tupac Amaru II was the leader of the 1780s uprising in colonial day Cusco, Peru. (The late hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur is named after the latter).See more »
Revealing mistakes: The camera that Bardem uses to take Ezekiel's picture at the military checkpoint is a either a Polaroid Model 95 made from 1948 to 1953, or the Model 95B was discontinued in 1958. The picture that Bardem holds is a square format SX70 color shot identified buy its square format and black square on the back. This picture which could not have come from the camera used by Bardem.See more »
[Rejas and Sucre are looking at a dead dog hanging from a lamp-post, with dynamite stuck down its throat]
Sucre:What sort of a person would do that?
Agustín Rejas:I don't know, but I wouldn't entirely rule out a cat-lover.
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28 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
You must be able to dance in the political world!, 10 June 2004
Author: Michael J. Rice, III (taxrice) from Metairie, LA

I would expect a movie directed by John Malkovich to be intense and specific. The Dancer Upstairs is that. It is a political movie that while popular in Europe, does not tend to draw well in the United States. Too bad.

The story tells the tale of a lawyer who has left the law looking for a better system. I don't know that becoming a police detective is that much better, but it serves the story. The story is set in a nameless Latin American country -- which also suits the story line.

Detective Lt. Agustín Rejas (Javier Bardem) has left a law firm where he was a junior partner, to join law enforcement -- with a conscious. He can give a break to a traveler whose papers are not quite right and he can be relentless in his pursuit of a terrorist.

Rejas has been victimized by the politics of his country. His father lost his coffee farm to the soldiers. His view of the judicial system has seen a rapist become president of the country. But still, Rejas finds joy in his beautiful dancer daughter and his wife -- who has a political mission of her own. Then he meets the free spirited dance instructor for his daughter.

Rejas works in a corrupt society where the fiscal corruption goes hand in hand with the moral and political corruption. The central government is all too ready to suspend civil rights and to put military law into effect. The military killing innocent people is fine as long as it suits the party.

Rejas attempts to live the just life and must deal with the corruption the best he can. This conflict is the heart of the movie. As he says, he has feelings about his father losing his farm and he is the Gary Cooper type.

Javier Bardem is excellent in the pivotal role. Juan Diego Botto does a very credible job as Detective Sgt. Sucre. Laura Morante is intoxicating as dance instructor focal point of the story.

I give this move a 9 for great story and suspense, excellent direction and fine acting. There is no sex and very brief nudity. The violence does tend to be horrific and there are depictions of cruelty to animals -- both central to the plot. This is far less than the typical Jason or Chainsaw movies gore.

I consider this an excellent direction debut for John Malkovich and look forward to his next feature film effort. It feels like Malkovich will fill a role similar to Robert Redford in films he has directed.

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