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Men with Guns (II) (1997)

 -  Drama  -  27 March 1998 (USA)
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Humberto Fuentes is a wealthy doctor whose wife has recently died. In spite of the advice of his children, he takes a trip to visit his former students who now work in impoverished villages... See full summary »

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Dr. Fuentes
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Domingo, the Soldier
Dan Rivera González ...
Conejo, the Boy
Tania Cruz ...
Graciela, the Mute Girl
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Padre Portillo, the Priest
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Andrew
Kathryn Grody ...
Harriet
Iguandili López ...
Mother
Nandi Luna Ramírez ...
Daughter
Rafael de Quevedo ...
General
Carmen Madrid ...
Angela, Dr. Fuentes' Daughter
Esteban Soberanes ...
Raúl, Angela's Fiancé
Alejandro Springall ...
Carlos, Dr. Fuentes' Son
Maricruz Nájera ...
Rich Lady
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Humberto Fuentes is a wealthy doctor whose wife has recently died. In spite of the advice of his children, he takes a trip to visit his former students who now work in impoverished villages. His trip soon becomes a quest, politically awakening him when he finds out that one of his students was killed by the army. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »
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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,132 (USA) (6 March 1998)

Gross:

$742,032 (USA) (24 April 1998)
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John Sayles wrote his first draft in Spanish, the second in English and then polished it back into Spanish for his third draft. See more »

Quotes

[Why the "Men with Guns" killed the people.]
Blind Woman: Because they had guns, and we didn't.
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References The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) See more »

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Es Mentiroso
Written by Rodolfo Barreras
Performed by Olga Tañón
Courtesy of WEA Latina
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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opens eyes to a struggle many would like to ignore
2 January 2002 | by (Stargard, Poland) – See all my reviews

Simply excellent depiction of life for the Indian population of the mountain regions of most of Latin America. This film is based in a fictional nation somewhere in south America, but the events that unfold are everything but fiction, in fact they are based very closely on true events as they were described by people who actually lived it. A doctor, raised in the city and ignorant of the terror that exists outside the "civilized" part of his nation, sends a group of students on a mission to educate the Indians - this is his self-proclaimed legacy. When he finds that one of his students has abandoned the legacy he sets out to find the rest. What he discovers is a brutal trail of murder, torture, and rape. Was his legacy such the excellent idea that he claimed at the beginning? The murders seem to be in the hands of no one group, they are attributed simply to the men with guns: the soldiers, and the guerillas fighting them. The Indians are stuck in the middle, often subjected to torture and rape by both sides. The justification is always that they deserve the suffering because they are helping the other side. However, refusal to help means an equally brutal death, so they are left without choice. There are no uplifting fake Hollywood gimmicks in Men With Guns, no cheerful dialogue, and certainly no "happily ever after" endings - it is simply the truth about the life for the Indian people, not only in Guatemala, Mexico, or Colombia, but also their life in the United States not so long ago. This is a truly powerful film that should not be missed by anyone!


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