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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

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Don't worry if you don't see this picture, you are going to LIVE IT anyway. 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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Did You Know?


All the images shown on the TV sets during the picture are commercials. These commercials were also directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. They include a TV station promotional, an ad for a bank, among others. See more »


During the car crash, stabilizing bars, to further strengthen the roof and protect the stunt driver, are visible in the black car. These bars are on both the driver's and passenger's side and run diagonally from the roof to, presumably the floor, as in a race car. The bars are not visible prior to the accident or after the accident, This particular vehicle was almost certainly just used for that one scene/shot. See more »


El Chivo: [to Aunt Luisa] You're hostile, sister-in-law.
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Crazy Credits

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


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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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