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Night of the Pencils (1986)
"La noche de los lápices" (original title)

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This films tells the true story of seven teenagers who agitated for reduced student bus fares under two different regimes in Argentina, with tragic results. At first succeeding under the ... See full summary »

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Alejo García Pintos ...
Pablo
Vita Escardó ...
Claudia
Pablo Novak ...
Horacio (as Pablo Novarro)
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Daniel
José María Monje ...
Panchito (as José Ma. Monje Berbel)
Pablo Machado ...
Claudio
Adriana Salonia ...
María Clara
David Gerber ...
Rusito
Marcelo Serre ...
Corchito
Walter Peña ...
Carozo Schunk
Daniel San Joaquín ...
Chirom
Demián Celentano ...
Diamanti
Mariana Cedon ...
Luisa Pisani (as Mariana Cedrón)
Diego Korol ...
Crivelli
Gustavo Tieffenberg ...
Delegado asamblea 1 (as Gustavo Tiffemberg)
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This films tells the true story of seven teenagers who agitated for reduced student bus fares under two different regimes in Argentina, with tragic results. At first succeeding under the government of Isabel Peron, their protests draw hostile attention from the military regime that overthrows Peron. The ensuing crackdown on student social activists is demonstrated when police break up a school dance wielding swords on horseback. Later, six students are kidnapped in the middle of the night, and the police deceitfully claim ignorance about their whereabouts. Pablo (Alejo Garcia Pintos), a seventh member of the group is later arrested and learns that they have been brutally tortured by authorities. He survives to tell their story, but the six are never found, numbering among the hundreds of students who were kidnapped and are still missing. Written by nitorch

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21 July 2004 | by (Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

I must disagree with "Marychase", undoubtedly she speaks for that sector which still denies the atrocities which occurred under the Argentinian regime. Anyone with a minimum criteria and has seen this film, (which is based on TRUE facts, and not supposedly), cannot say that children are terrorists, just because they had an ideal and thought differently and then were prived of their lives. This movie shows how far hatred can go and how a regime can intend to erase beliefs and dreams of a better world. The "terrorist" argument has been used and abused as an argument against a movement which fights a dictatorship. It's like calling "la resistance francaise" terrorists during the nazi occupation. In my opinion this movie also shows the common reality between several southamerican dictatorships.


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