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Set in the South of Spain in the 19th Century, this successful TV series featured the endless adventures of Curro Jiménez (prototype of the Andalusian "bandolero"), a kind of Spanish Robin Hood, and his gang, the two main members of which were El Estudiante and El Algarrobo. The plot changed in every episode, having in common the theme of the legendary bandit, fair, brave and good-natured, who leads the guerrilla against the French troops during the Spanish War of Independence; there are love stories, fight against injustice and even some comedic episodes. Written by José Sandín

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Filming of the first season of the series took place in 1975, its first episode aired on TVE1 on 22nd December 1976. See more »

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Masterpiece of the Spanish "Bandoleros' Movies"

Some twenty years after José María Forqué's masterpiece "Amanecer en Puerta Oscura", and twelve years after Mario Camus' "Llanto por un Bandido", came "Curro Jiménez" which would become the undisputed cornerstone of the so-called Andalusian Western.

This excellent TV series run in Televisión Española (the Spanish national public network) for three seasons (1976-79).

Its main character was loosely based in real-life bandolero Francisco "Curro" Jiménez Ledesma, from whom it barely took his name and little else, as most of the characters and events depicted were made up by the screenwriters and even the historic period was not consistent with that of the real Curro.

Curro Jiménez's gang lived a different adventure each episode, even though some of them took two, and the pilot was longer (and sometimes confused with the spin-off film), such a band was composed of Curro (Sancho Gracia) and his partners: el Estudiante ("the Student" Pepe Sancho), el Algarrobo (Álvaro de Luna) and el Fraile ("the Monk"), the latter was substituted by a new one, el Gitano ("the Gypsy" Eduardo García), when the actor who played it, Paco Algora left the show seeking (unsuccessfully) a better acting career playing main roles in cinema.

Being shot during the political transition between a military dictatorship and a democracy in Spain, the series was set in the 19th century, thus Curro and his men's struggle against the French invaders during the Spanish Independence War, and afterwards against the rural feuds, mirrored the struggle of the Spanish people themselves.

All the technical and artistic features: cinematography, music (unforgettable tune), acting etc were impeccable.

In its time the series made famous the actors who played its protagonists, as it was very popular in Spain and all over South America, giving birth to a couple of spin-offs.

In all, I guess to an American audience it must look like a mixture between El Zorro, "For a Fistful of Dollars", "the Magnificent Seven" and "The Wild Bunch", with a 19th century Southern Spanish setting.

In my opinion it was a great, funny, enjoyable, entertaining and action-packed show, I hope you will enjoy Curro's adventures, robbing stagecoaches, assaulting French military headquarters and being pursued by ruthless lawmen, as much as I did in my childhood.

If you already watched it and enjoyed it do not miss the above mentioned "Amanecer en Puerta Oscura" and "Llanto por un Bandido" and, of course, "Avisa a Curro Jiménez" (also known as "Curro Jiménez, the Movie"), and avoid at all costs its awful 1990s sequel "Curro Jiménez II: El Regreso de una Leyenda".


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