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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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The protagonist was loosely based on a real-life character, the 19th century bandit Francisco "Curro" López Jiménez. They mainly borrowed his nickname and little else, as most of the events and characters were made up by the screenwriters, and even the historic period is not consistent with that of the real Curro Jiménez. See more »

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Awesome and classic TV series realized in Spaghetti /Paella Western style and starred by unforgettable characters
17 August 2016 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Set in the South of Spain -Andalucia- in the 19th Century, this featured the endless as well as beloved adventures of Curro Jiménez and his bunch , whose main members of which were : El Estudiante or the student (Jose Sancho) , El Algarrobo (Alvaro De Luna) and El Gitano or the gypsy (Eduardo García) and subsequently El Fraile or the friar (Paco Algora) . Curro Jimenez was a boatman who had a strong confrontation with a contender , it results in a killing , then Curro flees and becomes involved with banditry . Later on , Curro leads a band of outlaws against the rural feuds and he also rules the guerrilla against the French troops during the Spanish War of Independence . They fight against injustices as well as corrupt and powerful tyrants (such as the evil despots Alberto De Mendoza , Valeriano Andrés , Luis Induni and many others).

Successful and immortal TV series usually exhibited in TVE (Spanish television) . Interesting and moving plots in which the screenplays changed in every episode , having in common the theme of the legendary bandit . In the series there are fights , love stories , noisy action , go riding , Flamenco music , emotion and even some comedic episodes . The stunning series got a hit smash , as Spain as Latino America , giving birth to a couple of spin-offs , such as ¨La Mascara Negra¨ or ¨Black Mask¨, also starred by Sancho Gracia . The starring was loosely based on a real-life character, the 19th century bandit Francisco "Curro" López Jiménez . They mainly borrowed his nickname and little else , as most of the facts and characters were made up by the screenwriters , and even the historic period is not consistent with that of the real Curro Jiménez . Very good acting by Sancho Gracia as the tough , two-fisted Curro Jimenez , prototype of the Andalusian "bandolero" , a kind of Spanish Robin Hood who struggles against the French invaders during the Spanish Independence War . Sancho Gracia/Curro carries out his usual stoic acting and displays efficiently his weapons , such as ¨blunderbuss¨ , and killing mercilessly villains . Curro is a fair , brave and good-natured person who delivers peace and justice , using force and taking the law into his own revengeful hands and acting as judge , jury and executioner . It's certainly thrilling , though the morality may be questionable , even in this time , as the spectators were clearly on the Curro Jimenez's side , in spite of his expeditious and violent executions . Special mention for Alvaro De Luna who steals the show as the brute , illiterate and naive Algarrobo . Support cast is frankly excellent , here appears the ordinary actors from Paella Western such as Frank Braña , Aldo Sambrell , Chris Huerta , Tito Garcia , Jose Canalejas , Lorenzo Robledo , Rafael Albaicín , Roberto Camardiel , Daniel Martin , Conrado San Martin , Antonio Molino Rojo , Charly Bravo , Diana Lorys , and several others . Evocative musical score , including catching leitmotiv by guitar , composed by Waldo Rios who subsequently committed suicide himself . Adding Flamenco score , Andalucian songs and typical dances . Nice and atmospheric cinematography by Francisco Fraile and Hans Burmann . And splendid set and production design by Wolfgang Burmann , Luis Argüello , Fernando Sáenz , shot on location in Andalucia and especially Ronda, Malaga , Despeñaperros and Almeria .

It is formed by 40 episodes , shooting of the first season of the series took place in 1975, its first episode aired on TVE1 on 22nd December 1976 . Being ordinary show-runner , the prestigious Antonio Larreta who wrote thrilling scripts and compellingly directed by the best filmmakers of the Spanish cinema , such as : Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent (12 episodes, 1976-1978) , his brother Rafael Romero Marchent (3 episodes, 1977) , both of whom experts on Paella/Chorizo/Pasta Western . And Mario Camus (10 episodes, 1977-1979) , Pilar Miró (5 episodes, 1977-1978) , Fernando Merino (4 episodes, 1977-1978) , Antonio Drove (3 episodes, 1977) and Francisco Rovira Beleta (3 episodes, 1977)


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