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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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Was the first Mexican film that shown the name of the official Party (Partido revolucionario Institucional or P.R.I.). In past times, filmmakers had to change the name of the party to avoid the 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 Los Olvidados (1950) See more »

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Performed by Salvador "El Negro" Ojeda
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Funny portrait of Mexico
20 February 2000 | by (Monterrey, Mexico) – See all my reviews

A great film! Captures the essence of Mexico's political life, with a lot of humor and a great story. It's also a very well made... the story is perfectly constructed, the photography is beautiful and the acting is top of the line, with Demian Alcazar and Pedro Armendariz, Jr. clearly stealing the show. For Mexicans it should be a rather bittersweet experience... you can't help but laugh at the situation, but it's also so real that you can feel a little frustrated with your government. Filmed almost entirely in brown and sepia tones, to make it as close to 'black and white' as possible.


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