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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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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A great movie from a great director., 17 November 1998
Author: Craig Larson from Minneapolis

Following on the heels of the critical breakthrough of his previous film, _Lone Star_, writer-director John Sayles takes a real chance here.

Although he's long marched to beat of a different drummer, as they say, as one of the few truly independent American filmmakers, Sayles really goes out on the edge this time, giving us a film which is presented almost entirely in Spanish, with English subtitles, as he tells the tale of a doctor in an unnamed Latin American country who undertakes a journey into the rain forest in search of a group of young medical students he'd trained some years before. Not only does he expect us to put up with the subtitles, but he also fills the movie with a largely unknown cast (to most American audiences, that is), of Latin American actors and actresses.

Federico Luppi, the film's star, is an older actor and one I'm not familiar with. He has the air about him of a quiet, dignified man. A city-dweller, through and through, he has always bought into the government's version of the battle between mountain guerrillas and government troops. He's had no reason to doubt the stories nor to suspect otherwise.

Ultimately, though, as the title suggests, this is not a story about winners and losers, about the "official story," but about the effects on the daily lives of the country's people that "men with guns" can have. Whether they are soldiers or guerrillas, bandits or thieves, on the side of the good or the bad, they are simply "men with guns" and the people do what they say because of this simple fact.

The film's journey, started largely out of boredom (the doctor is nearly retired and looking for something to do with his time) gradually becomes a mythical, almost allegorical journey, as he moves from village to village, unsuccessful in his search. It begins to appear that most (all?) of his former students have been killed or otherwise incapacitated, viewed by the rebels or the villagers they went to serve as a danger.

Along the way, the doctor gradually picks up a group of traveling companions, including an army deserter, a former priest, a little boy, and a woman who has not spoken since she was raped by soldiers. The deserter and the priest tell their very poignant stories and the doctor is forced to gradually open his eyes to the realities of the world around him.

As they continue, ever deeper into the jungle, the story, which was never grounded in a specific reality anyway, becomes even more dreamlike and unreal, as the travelers seek out the mythical "Circle of Heaven," a village so high on a mountain and so deep in the forest that soldiers cannot find it and the people there live in freedom. This is a movie that truly verges into the area of magical realism which so many Latin authors provide in their novels, but which is seldom seen successfully on the screen.

If one is able to put up with the subtitles (there are moments when a couple of American tourists, one played by Mandy Patinkin, burst onto the screen, with their loud English and "ugly American" attitudes), the film is a real treat.

John Sayles has sometimes been criticized as a filmmaker for being more interested in telling his story than in fiddling with the camera angles and photography. If that's a valid criticism, I fear for the future of American film. In both _Lone Star_ and this film, Sayles shows us the value of a well-told story in a film, a virtue which increasingly seems to be disappearing, in favor of explosions and special effects. Very highly recommended. Rating: A.

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