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José Luis Torrente, a former policeman fights against the oriental mafia in Madrid.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chus Lampreave ...
Tony Leblanc ...
Felipe Torrente
Julio Sanjuán ...
Jimmy Barnatán ...
Toneti (as Jaime Barnatán)
Darío Paso ...
Carlos Perea ...
Manuel Manquiña ...
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Espartaco Santoni ...
Javier Jurdao ...
César Vea ...


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Release Date:

13 March 1998 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Torrente, the Stupid Arm of the Law  »

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€1,000,000 (estimated)

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Disgustingly funny
10 April 1999 | by (Stockholm, Swden) – See all my reviews

This was movie of the year in Spain in 1998 following Ulloas success with Airbag the year before. It's about a truly revolting cop in Madrid. He's a sexist,egotistical,dirty pig. There are some memorable scenes in the film and it's quite funny if you don't have any problems with political correctness. It's probably more fun to a Spanish audience who get the jokes about Atlético Madrid fans, "in" expressions and other national references. A Spanish viewer can also appreciate all the cameos. Some of Spain's most renowned actors appear in little parts and add an extra twist to it all. The pace of the movie is fast and there are no dull moments. Go and see it if you can but have a couple of beers before you go.

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