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A Man of Principle (1984)
"Cóndores no entierran todos los días" (original title)

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Credited cast:
Frank Ramírez ...
Leon Maria Lozano
Isabela Corona ...
Dona Gertrudis Potes
Victor Hugo Morant ...
Padre Amaya (as Víctor Morant)
Santiago García ...
Rosendo Zapata
Luis Chiape ...
Gustavo Gardeazabal
Juan Gentile ...
Andres Santacoloma
Vicky Hernández ...
Antonio Aparicio ...
Carlos Parada ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rafael Bohórquez ...
Edgardo Román ...
Indio Arango
Jairo Soto


In Colombia, from the second half of the nineteenth century, two political parties; The traditional liberal and conservative ¸ fought a series of civil wars for almost one hundred years of bloodshed in the country. The last of these To know as "La Violencia" ¸ began following the assassination of popular leader Jorge Eliecer Gaitan ¸ The April 9, 1948. That day began a dark period that lasted a decade in which met the key role hired murderers ¸ called "Pajaros" ¸ such as Leon Maria Lozano ¸ The most notorious of all. "The Condor." Written by Diego Alvarez

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CONDORS Who Live by the SWORD…..
1 February 2015 | by (Pasto, Colombia) – See all my reviews

For those of you who have NEVER seen a Colombian film, A MAN OF PRINCIPLE (Released as "Condores No Entierran Todos Los Dias" in Latin America) would, undoubtedly, be a superb place to start! One of the most highly awarded films in Colombian history and at the same time, arguably both the best Colombian movie ever and the most successful outside of Colombia! (Although, La Estrategia del Caracol could, perhaps, give CONDORES a decent run for the money for these titles!

The most chilling factor here is that, basically, as the film gruesomely unfolds before us, we are watching a true story. Near the top of its IMDb title page, right after it is listed as "90 min", there is no genre designation, as is the case with 99.9% of films appearing here! I would say, "Crime / Drama", but it's not CRIME, at least, not in the traditional sense! Our "CONDOR" is Leon Maria Lozano, a real life serial killer for hire, who does the bidding of the, mostly local, Colombian Conservative Party hierarchy! In his self-anointed role, he sees himself as an Angel of Death, helping his Conservative Party, and God, rid the region of Liberal and Communist scum…As a "Matter of Principle!". A philosophy he uses to justify all his nefarious actions. (Hence the Alternate Title)

Actor Frank Ramirez earned several Awards and Nominations for his amazing portrayal of stone cold, ice in his veins, assassin, Lozano, who would polish off his victims with the same detached matter-of-factness as exhibited dropping off a load of laundry at the dry-cleaners! Vicky Hernandez, in the role of Lozano's wife, Agripina, has been practically a household name in Colombia since her appearance in CONDORES, and deserves note for her starkly natural, slice-of-life acting as the naively clueless, but unwaveringly loyal companion! The rest of the cast, as a whole, deliver well-integrated, extremely believable performances, apparently benefiting from some very firm and even-handed direction from Belgian born Francisco Norden. Interestingly, despite winning several awards for 1984's CONDORES… Non-Colombian born Norden did not get to direct another film until 2005! What's up with that COLOMBIA?????

For those of you who don't know, Lozano and dozens, perhaps hundreds, of other violent criminals like him are responsible for initiating a downward spiral of violent turmoil in Colombia that has lasted for almost 70 years! However, no matter where you hail from, CONDORES tells an entrancing story that will appeal to any member of the human race!


Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!

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