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Writer (WGA):
John Sayles (written by)
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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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  (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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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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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
a masterpiece without an audience, 31 July 2002
Author: jetwimp

A retired Professor of medicine in Mexico begins a journey to reaffirm his legacy, that is, to find and reacquaint himself with the students who studied under him. His search takes him to southern Mexico along the Guatemala border, where an internecine war is in progress between guerilla soldiers and government troops. The war has left the country and its native inhabitants devastated. He find, tragically, his former students have all been killed: if they treated guerilla soldiers, they were executed by the army. If they treated soldiers they were assassinated by guerillas. He ends up with some companions on the journey: an embittered ex-soldier, a priest ravaged by guilt from the commission of an unpardonable sin, a woman who has been gang raped by soldiers, a boy who is old before his time. It is very interesting, and a tribute to a carefully wrought script, that none of these characters can be who they are: the doctor is no longer a doctor, the soldier has deserted, the boy can no longer be a boy, the woman a woman, the priest a priest. Their very violent and moving journey takes them to a mountain top and to the magical possibility of redemption. Mandy Patinkin appears briefly several times in the film as an American tourist, exploring the offbeat paths of rural Mexico. But he, symbolically, is much more than that. His role is one of the most intriguingly conceived elements of the film. Is he a guide? A celestial companion? The film is mostly in Spanish, although long sections of it are in native languages, such as Mayan and Huatl. They are beautiful languages, very musical in nature, and offer one more reason to see this vibrant, provocative masterpiece. This is one of the greatest of American films. Many critics said so and it received universal accolades from everyone except the public. They stayed away in groves, and I, living in Philadelphia, had to plan carefully in order to see it twice. Those who are critical of American film, believing it can never equal the philosophical attainments of European film, should see this film. Few films have dealt with eschatological issues as assuredly as this one: The Seventh Seal, Persona, Cold Fever, Forbidden Games, are some that have, and this magnificent film is very much their equal.

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