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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Storyline

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 »
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18 February 2000 (Mexico)  »

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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 »

Quotes

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 »

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Que me lleve la tristezza
Music and Lyrics by Marcial Alejandro
Performed by Salvador "El Negro" Ojeda
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Prisoner of Power
2 July 2003 | by See all my reviews



With the sardonic tone of a political cartoon, Luis Estrada skillfully

presents government the way you know it works: standing on

scandal, bribes, brutality and general treachery. Herod's Law is set

at ground zero of political corruption, Mexico's revolutionary party,

PRI. Herod's Law is an excellent balance of farce and bite. Luis

Estrada frames excellent performances from his cast. Damian

Alcazar provides a superb performance as the hapless, dutiful

member of the PRI thrown into a leadership position and is slowly

infected with power and all the neurosis and paranoia symptomatic of a whetted appetite. The story is excellent, the

narrative arc is well-crafted, and performances outstanding. It is

true, however, that the film fails to introduce anything novel.

However these are all considered trademarks in the political

cartoon business. The film deals solely with established

archetypes, it doesn't introduce new concepts or engage with any

unfamiliar issue. It does little beyond reinforcing stereotypes and

confirming preconceived notions. However, the art of the political

cartoon is the playfulness with which the cartoonist employs these

arch characters. Herod's strength is the playfully exaggerated

treatment of the subject. The posture is almost vaudevillesque in

its rhythm. The tone perfectly describes the whirlwind madness

that envelopes a man as he descends from idealist to practicing

politician.

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