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Writer (WGA):
John Sayles (written by)
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Release Date:
27 March 1998 (USA) See more »
Humberto Fuentes is a wealthy doctor whose wife has recently died. In spite of the advice of his children... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Federico Luppi ... Dr. Fuentes

Damián Delgado ... Domingo, the Soldier
Dan Rivera González ... Conejo, the Boy
Tania Cruz ... Graciela, the Mute Girl

Damián Alcázar ... Padre Portillo, the Priest

Mandy Patinkin ... 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

Roberto Sosa ... Bravo
Iván Arango ... Cienfuegos
Lizzie Curry Martinez ... Montoya
Luis Ramírez ... Hidalgo
Humberto Romero ... De Soto
Gabriel Cosme ... Echevarría
Horacio Trujillo ... Arenas
Efrine Elfaro ... Kokal Driver
Pedro Hernández ... Kokal Driver
Dionisios ... Salt Man
Loló Navarro ... Blind Woman
Maggie Renzi ... Tourist by Pool
Shari Gray ... Tourist by Pool
Paco Mauri ... Captain
Gilma Tuyub Castillo ... Mother With Baby
Armando Martínez Velásquez ... Vendor
Luis Felipe Tovar ... Barber
Fernando Medel ... Barber's Client

David Villalpando ... Gum Person
Raúl Sánchez ... Gum Person
Diego Méndez Guzmán ... Moisés
Mariano López de la Cruz ... Gonzalo
Antonio de la Torre López ... Isidro (as Antonio de la Torre López)
Ermenehildo Sáenz Guzmán ... Sixto
Cristóbal Guzmán Mesa ... Artemio
Domingo Pérez Sánchez ... Junípero
Óscar García Ortega ... Sergeant
Miguel Xocua ... Modelo Boy
Guadalupe Xocua ... Modelo Woman
Celeste Cornelio Sánchez ... Raped Girl
Nazario Montiel ... Guerrilla
Francisco Váldez ... Guerrilla
José Alberto Acosta ... Guerrilla
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jacqueline Voltaire ... Rich Lady (as Jacqueline Walters Voltaire)

Directed by
John Sayles 
Writing credits
John Sayles (written by)

Produced by
Jody Allen .... executive producer (as Jody Patton)
Jim De Nardo .... associate producer
Peter Gilbert .... associate producer
Lou Gonda .... executive producer
R. Paul Miller .... producer
Bertha Navarro .... co-producer
Maggie Renzi .... producer
Eric Robison .... associate producer
Doug Sayles .... associate producer
John Sloss .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mason Daring 
Cinematography by
Slawomir Idziak 
Film Editing by
John Sayles 
Casting by
Lizzie Curry Martinez 
Production Design by
Felipe Fernández del Paso 
Art Direction by
Salvador Parra 
Set Decoration by
Miguel Ángel Álvarez 
Costume Design by
Mayes C. Rubeo 
Makeup Department
Carlos Sánchez .... hair stylist
Carlos Sánchez .... makeup artist
Production Management
Javier Clave .... unit manager
Sarah Connors .... post-production supervisor
Matthias Ehrenberg .... unit production manager: Mexico
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adrian Grunberg .... second assistant director
Manuel Hinojosa .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mario Alfaro .... property master
Rigoberto Castañeda .... set dresser
Juan José Goldaracena .... assistant set dresser
Aristeo Ruiz Lugo .... head carpenter
Antonio Muño-Hierro .... construction coordinator
Patricia Nava .... art department coordinator
Diana Quiroz .... assistant set decorator (as Diana Quiroz Ennis)
Sound Department
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording engineer
Judy Karp .... production sound mixer
Jaime Reyes .... boom operator
Philip Stockton .... supervising sound editor
Dustin DuPilka .... assistant foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Alex Vázquez .... special effects coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Juan Manuel Alvarez .... electrician
Juan Araiza .... key grip
Fernando Coria Reyes .... electrician
Sergio García Terrazas .... second assistant camera (as Sergio García)
Francisco García .... dolly grip
Luis González Palma .... title photographer
Carlos Omar Guerra .... first assistant camera (as Carlos Guerra)
Pedro Hernández .... grip
Leonardo Julián .... gaffer
Delfino Peña .... best boy grip
Shane Young .... still photographer
J. Manuel Álvarez Ambriz .... electrician (as Juan Manuel Alvarez)
Animation Department
Francisco Goldman .... character creator: "Dr. Arrau/Dr. Fuentes" from novel "The Long Night of White Chickens"
Casting Department
David Martínez .... extras casting (as David Cervando Martínez)
David Martínez .... local casting (as David Cervando Martínez)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Martha Castillero .... set costumer
Shari Gray .... wardrobe supervisor
Guadalupe Narváez .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Mario Ontal .... assistant editor
Noëlle Penraat .... negative cutter
Franses Simonovich .... post-production intern (as Frances Simonovich)
Plummy Tucker .... associate editor
Jeff Consiglio .... editor: title sequence (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeanine Cowen .... music arranger
Mason Daring .... musician: keyboards
Michael Golub .... music mixer
Andrew Gonzalez .... musician: bass
Jamey Haddad .... musician: percussion
Evan Harlan .... musician: accordion
Lewis Kahn .... musician: trombone
Duke Levine .... musician: guitar
Frank London .... music arranger
Frank London .... musician: trumpet
Larry Luddecke .... music arranger
Josué Mondragón .... music arranger
Patrick Mullins .... music editor
Billy Novick .... music arranger
Billy Novick .... musician: woodwinds
Arturo O'Farrill .... musician: piano
Bobby Sanabria .... musician: percussion
Tom Schnabel .... music supervisor
Richard Sebring .... musician: French horn
Nancy Zeltsman .... musician: marimba
Transportation Department
Salvador Servin .... transportation captain
Other crew
Paul Brennan .... legal services
Flavio Castillero .... assistant accountant
Bernardo Chávez .... assistant location manager
Helen Milsted Eisenman .... subtitler: English
Terry Fernández .... locations
Emily Gamboa .... production coordinator
Rosa María Gómez .... production accountant
Jonas Hendrix .... production assistant
Luciana Kaplan .... script supervisor
Susana Loyo .... production secretary
Jodi Peikoff .... legal services
Rafael 'Rabbit' Perez .... production assistant
Dan Rybicky .... production office manager: New York
Alejandro Springall .... translator: Spanish
Kyle Cooper .... title designer: main title sequence (uncredited)
Michael Riley .... title designer (uncredited)
Eric Smith .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Hombres armados" - USA (Spanish title)
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Rated R for language and some violent images
127 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Dr. Fuentes:You know, you can never save a life. You can make it longer or better, but you can't save it. In the end, everyone dies.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
wonderful storytelling, 19 December 2005
Author: rondine ( from Mesa, AZ

Once again screenwriter/director John Sayles has done it. I was flipping through the channels, and saw a movie in Spanish. I am a Spanish major so whenever a chance to listen to some dialog comes along, I usually will listen for a few minutes just for practice.

I became totally engrossed. I hit the info button on my DVR to see the name of the movie. I was on IFC channel & it said it was a movie about hoodlums. Uh, no... There was another movie same year same name that I've no doubt wasn't anywhere near as wonderful as this one. So I paused the DVR at the end & looked up Federico Luppi & crossed referenced it with Damián Delgado to find the real name of the movie. Which turned out to be this one. Enough of how I found it...

This is another great example of supreme storytelling by John Sayles. Anyone who has seen Lone Star or Passion Fish knows that he is a storyteller extraordinaire. Not to mention he usually manages to throw in some meaning. Another reviewer complained that there was meaning. Weird... I don't see anything wrong with that. Isn't that what most of us are searching for? In this story Dr. Fuentes is in an unidentified South American country that has been ripped apart by war and guerillas. He is searching for his students, doctors who were trying to help the indigenous population through medicine. He finds wherever he goes that his students are dead or missing. Along the way he encounters a boy with no family that becomes his "mascot" and later a deserter from the army with a hideous past. Then a priest who has lost faith, then a young girl who is mute. Each person has a story to tell, each person a part of the puzzle of what it is to be human and alive.

I loved the ending, because it showed that even when we think our lives have been pointless, we have like the concentric ripples in a lake after a stone is dropped, affected those around us. Our legacy lives on through the lives we have touched, whether we know it or not. I think that we think there should be some kind of concrete evidence that WE can measure to define our legacy, but it is never what we think it is, there is mystery, magic in the way that our lives mingle and combine to form meaning. Much like in "It's a Wonderful Life," even if you think you've contributed nothing it's not true. Or in the words of the immortal Whitman: "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless- of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life? Answer: That you are here- that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse." (from Whitman's Leaves of Grass) What this movie says is just that- that each person's verse, identity contributes to the great scheme of things. I won't give away the ending of the movie, but the whole thing is just a grand example of a good story. Don't be bothered by the subtitles, it's a great movie in any language. And btw, the subtitles were pretty much right on. I just hate when I watch a subtitled movie & the translation sucks or is lacking. This is a great story, interesting people, good pacing (also directed by Sayles), and good acting too. I wish that more people could see this movie. God bless the Independent Film Channel. :)

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