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Amores Perros (2000)

Amores perros (original title)
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 Alejandro González Iñárritu)


(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 is betrayal. love is anguish. love is sin. love is selfish. love is hope. love is pain. love is death. what is love? love's a bitch. See more »


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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 first film in a loose trilogy of death, all directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga. The next two films were 21 Grams (2003) and Babel (2006). Between them, all three films racked up 10 Academy Award nominations. See more »


In the bank robbery scene, both Ramiro and the cop have their guns' slide back (as if out of ammo) and in the normal position change multiple times between cuts. See more »


Luis Miranda Solares: Is this kidnapping or robbery?
El Chivo: It could be the last day of your life.
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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 Mike & Mike: Episode dated 20 February 2015 (2015) See more »


Chico Groove
Written by Gustavo Santaolalla
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User Reviews

Brilliant movie! One of the best this decade...
24 May 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Amores Perros' impressed the hell out of me. Three interrelated tales of the darker side of life in contemporary Mexico City, each one as fresh and as fascinating as the last. Each of the three stories are dark, disturbing and filled with humanity. Superbly acted all round, but especially noteworthy is the standout performance by Emilio Echevarria as El Chivo, a political dissident turned hitman, and if the charismatic Gael Garcia Bernal (Octavia, the lovesick dog fighter) isn't an international star in the making I'll eat my words. This brilliant movie shows up the mediocrity of most current Hollywood "product", and to my mind ranks with a small handful of movies made this decade ('Chopper', 'The Pledge', 'The Way Of The Gun') that are truly memorable and with genuine substance. This one is a winner and essential viewing for all movie lovers. A future classic.

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