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

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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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Juan Vargas
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López (as Pedro Armendáriz)
Delia Casanova ...
Rosa
Juan Carlos Colombo ...
Ramírez
Alex Cox ...
Gringo
Miguel Ángel Fuentes ...
Pancho
Noemí García ...
Secretaria
Guillermo Gil ...
Cura
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ...
Gobernador
Leticia Huijara ...
Gloria
Luis de Icaza ...
Alcalde Alfredo García
Eugenia Leñero ...
Esposa del nuevo alcalde
Eduardo López Rojas ...
Doctor
Yari Lorenzo ...
Esmeralda
Pedro Lorza ...
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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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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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The movie release was forbidden for several years. Since filming started, the Mexican government wasn't very happy about it; mainly because it showed a bad image of that administration. Filmmakers fought back. This reached the press so the movie had to be released to avoid rumors about political censorship. See more »

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Juan Vargas: No me hables en inglés hijo de la chingada; ahora si, pinche gringo, se acabó la deuda externa!
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A fantastic satire about corruption in Mexico
14 April 2000 | by (new york) – See all my reviews

Satire is very difficult to pull off, but this one is a classic. It works beautifully, it's cleverly crafted, it's devilishly funny. The acting is superb. It was a joy to see Isela Vega again! I can't remember any other Mexican movie being as devastatingly critical of our "perfect dictatorship" as this one. It's really a pretty accurate depiction of the morass that corruption has created in Mexico and of the attitude of the ruling party towards the nation. The impunity, the cynicism, the paternalism, the graft, the slime, the crime, it's no exaggeration. The government is so out of touch and so stupid that they even tried to censor it. Needless to say, the movie has been playing to packed houses in Mexico. I hope it breaks all box office records. Even better, it should be Mexico's entry to the Academy Awards.


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