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Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley (1998)

Not Rated | | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julio Sanjuán ...
Toneti (as Jaime Barnatán)
Darío Paso ...
Carlos Perea ...
El Francés
Espartaco Santoni ...
Javier Jurdao ...


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Release Date:

13 March 1998 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Torrente, the Stupid Arm of the Law  »

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Box Office


€1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€800,000 (Spain), 12 March 1998, Limited Release
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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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Great movie but not for everyone
2 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Being Spanish as I am I find this movie amazingly funny (i've watched it a million times :P). But I must admit it might not be as funny for everyone, if you're not Spanish you'll probably find it quite stupid and boring, why? Because many of the jokes are referred to things everyone in Spain knows about but people from other parts of the world don't, some of the characters are quite... infamous in Spain and that makes them funny... and many other details as these. Torrente is something of a Spanish Homer Simpson / Peter Griffin, and everyone finds those characters funny because everyone knows quite a lot about the US and American celebrities, but with Spain... I'd say not.

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