Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley (1998)

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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 ...
El Francés
Espartaco Santoni ...
Javier Jurdao ...
César Vea ...


Torrente is a lazy, rude, drunkard, sexist, racist, extreme-right-wing Madrid cop; a despicable character who only cares about himself. He lives in a decrepit slum with his wheelchair-bound father, whom he treats quite badly. One day, a new family of neighbours move in, and the sexy younger daughter, Amparito, catches his eye, so he becomes a friend of Rafi, her nerdy brother, to get closer to her. At the same time, he discovers that a band of drug traffickers are operating in a nearby chinese restaurant; he knows that if he cracks this case, it could make him regain the status he lost within the police department; but the only people he can count on to help him are Rafi and his equally nerdy friends. Written by Pablo Montoya <>

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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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Santiago Segura has claimed that the inspiration for this movie was Cobra (1986), that he conceived as a parody of the 80s action movies. In fact, the own title is a spoof of Stallone's movie, since then in Spain Cobra was titled as "Cobra, el brazo fuerte de la ley" (Cobra, the strong arm of the law). See more »


Rafi: [into the mirror] You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me?
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Followed by Torrente 2: Mission in Marbella (2001) See more »


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Fantastic action-comedy
30 January 2003 | by (Budapest, Hungary) – See all my reviews

This guy (Torrente) is an ex-cop, El Fary and Altético Madrid fan. This movie (and the whole Torrente-saga) is about stupid and bizarre characters and they are very funny, you can trust in me. He is very fumbler and his "friends" are also flumbers. He has a few mates like Rafi who wants to be a cop, Amparito is a slag but somehow she likes Torrente('s carrot), Malaguita is his informer who can't give a true information for the Spanish super cop and... there are a few more unbelievable characters but I don't really want to spoil the whole movie. Overall, this film is an excellent action-comedy and you will laugh the whole approximately 97 minutes. Watch it! My opinion: 10 out of 10!

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