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Amores Perros (2000)
"Amores perros" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  13 April 2001 (USA)
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A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.


(as Guillermo Arriaga Jordán)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Octavio (as Gael García)
Álvaro Guerrero ...
Gerardo Campbell ...
Tía Luisa (Aunt Luisa)
Dunia Saldívar ...
Mama Susana (Susana's Mother)
Mama Octavio (Octavio's Mother)
Lourdes Echevarría ...


Three interconnected stories about the different strata of life in Mexico City all resolve with a fatal car accident. Octavio is trying to raise enough money to run away with his sister-in-law, and decides to enter his dog Cofi into the world of dogfighting. After a dogfight goes bad, Octavio flees in his car, running a red light and causing the accident. Daniel and Valeria's new-found bliss is prematurely ended when she loses her leg in the accident. El Chivo is a homeless man who cares for stray dogs and is there to witness the collision. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Love. Betrayal. Death. See more »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 April 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amores Perros  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$61,047 (USA) (30 March 2001)


$5,383,834 (USA) (6 July 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The man who plays the bus driver in the scene where Octavio (Gael García Bernal) decides not to get on the bus is Bernal's father, José Ángel García. See more »


The sandwich Chivo is eating when the cop visits his house. See more »


Octavio: Come away with me.
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Crazy Credits

To Luciano: Because we also are what we have lost. Special Thanks to: "Abba, Pater" See more »


Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.1 (2011) See more »


By Carlos Alberto and Darío Flores
Performed by Los del Garrote
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User Reviews

On Men And Dogs
25 April 2003 | by (Herzlya, Israel) – See all my reviews

This Mexican movie was surprisingly good. I confess the sin of prejudice concerning Mexican cinema, this being maybe the second Mexican film I have ever seen, but here my sins are punished. This is the work of a director of big talent. Hopefully, he will not be spoiled by the success.

Three different stories in today's Mexico mix with very few common elements. The characters belong to different social categories, and nothing connects them at first sight, excepting the feeling of un-happiness, and - yes - dogs. Dogs play an important role in all three stories. One more warning - there is a lot of cruelty including dog fights - this film is certainly not for sensitive animal lovers.

Directing is excellent, the stories are human and complex and despite their melodramatic or sometimes tragic outcome, they still leave you with a shade of hope - maybe because the humanity that the author uses to create his characters. There are so many memorable scenes, that I would commit another sin to pick any and describe it here - just rent, or go to watch this movie in the theater - it is worth all 150 or so minutes you will spend. 9/10 on my personal scale.

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