Herod's Law (1999)
"La ley de Herodes" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  18 February 2000 (Mexico)
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Mexico, 1949. The fable of a janitor turned Mayor on a little town lost in the Mexican desert, who gradually realizes how far his new acquainted power and corruption can get him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juan Vargas
López (as Pedro Armendáriz)
Delia Casanova ...
Juan Carlos Colombo ...
Alex Cox ...
Miguel Ángel Fuentes ...
Noemí García ...
Guillermo Gil ...
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ...
Leticia Huijara ...
Luis de Icaza ...
Alcalde Alfredo García
Eugenia Leñero ...
Esposa del nuevo alcalde
Eduardo López Rojas ...
Yari Lorenzo ...
Pedro Lorza ...


After the corrupt former Mayor is killed by the peasants, poor janitor Juan Vargas is appointed new Mayor of a desert town in central Mexico. Although he tries to bring the motto of the ruling party to town (modernity, peace and progress) he realizes soon that there's nothing to do against corruption... except to become corrupt. Step by step, helped by his pistol, Juan Vargas becomes the law and the worst Major in the town's history. Written by Maximiliano Maza <mmaza@campus.mty.itesm.mx>

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

18 February 2000 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Herod's Law  »

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Did You Know?


When he meets the Gringo for the first time, Juan Vargas says his name is "Emilio Gabriel Fernández Figueroa" recalling Golden Age's director Emilio Fernández and cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. See more »


Juan Vargas: No me hables en inglés hijo de la chingada; ahora si, pinche gringo, se acabó la deuda externa!
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References Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) See more »


La barca de oro
Performed by Salvador "El Negro" Ojeda
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Political corruption at its blackest and funniest in a Mexican backwater town in the late 1940's.
27 July 2000 | by (St. Louis) – See all my reviews

I first heard about this film on NPR in an interesting program about the ruckus this film may have caused with with it's own government. This lively film pulls a number of punches at politics of this era. A sharp and amusing black political comedy that keeps you engaged from the very beginning. A lowly civil servant gets a "promotion" to become the law in a desolate backwater Mexican village. It is a universal tale of greed, corruption and fate which had me chuckling for hours. If you can imagine a tasty, spicy satire pie baked up with treachery, a wry wit and superb performances, then by all means take of big bite of this delicious treat.

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