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Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley (1998)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime | 13 March 1998 (Spain)
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José Luis Torrente, a former policeman fights against the oriental mafia in Madrid.

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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 <mmontoyac@nexo.es>

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Torrente, the Stupid Arm of the Law  »

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€1,000,000 (estimated)

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€800,000 (Spain), 12 March 1998, Limited Release
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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 »

Quotes

[subtitled version]
[first lines]
Torrente: Luisito!
Barman: Torrente! What's it gonna be?
Torrente: The usual.
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El torito guapo
Written by Alejandro Cintas (as A. Cintas), E. Frade and El Fary (as José Luis Cantero)
Performed by El Fary
Courtesy of B.M.G. Ariola
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Disgustingly funny
10 April 1999 | by 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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