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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:
Tony Leblanc ...
Julio Sanjuán ...
Toneti (as Jaime Barnatán)
Darío Paso ...
Carlos Perea ...
Manuel Manquiña ...
El Francés
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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


[subtitled version]
[first lines]
Torrente: Luisito!
Barman: Torrente! What's it gonna be?
Torrente: The usual.
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El empujón
Written by Santiago Segura and Carlos Jean (as C. Jean)
Canciones del Mundo/Warner Chappell Music
Performed by Santiago Segura (as Sonny da Silva) & D.J. Charly
Courtesy of B.M.G. Ariola
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One of the funnies movies ever!
1 April 2005 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

This movie is a killer! One of the funniest ever! If you like Farelly brothers's work, this will overpass everything they've done by far! Great stuff! If you see this film once you will feel that you need to see it at least one more time! Of course, you'll need to have the stomach for this kind of jokes! The other characters, Rafi and his two friends are also extremely funny! But cannot overpass Torente! Also,you have to see the sequel! An absolute killer!! I laughed so hard at this movie, that I actually cried!!! These friends of his are so stupid and cheesy, that almost all the parts with them will make your laughter hard to take! As I said, when you'll think you had enough, it comes back, bigger, longer and uncut! If you like humor and especially black and somewhat racist and apparently dumb humor, it's a must! Go see it dudes! It's all worth!

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