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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


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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in England filed a complaint to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) about a 21-second dog fight scene. See more »


when El Chivo is pushing his cart through the streets prior to the crash, he is alternately wearing a grey t-shirt or a Fairisle-type sweater under his jacket. See more »


El Chivo: Do you want something to drink? I've got rum, water and milk.
Luis Miranda Solares: What are you gonna do with me?
El Chivo: What does that mean? rum, water or milk?
Luis Miranda Solares: My question means what it means!
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Crazy Credits

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


References Scream (1996) See more »


La cumbia del garrote
By Carlos Alberto
Performed by Los del Garrote
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User Reviews

Doggie Holocaust makes for Best Mexican Film Ever
11 June 2003 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

Some people just won't want to sit through this film because of the overtly graphic and disturbing dog fighting scenes, which is ironic, because most people don't seem to mind the graphic violence involving the people in this film. Others simply won't watch it because of the subtitles. This is a shame, since this is by far the best film I have ever seen come out of Mexico (far better and more complex than the comparably immature "Y Tu Mama Tambien"). Here we get an intertwining tale involving dog fights, petty gangsters, a tragically injured model, a cheating husband, an abused teenage wife, and a homeless hit man. As you might expect the homeless hit man becomes the soul of the film, and the dogs serve as a link, reminding us of the violence we inflict upon each other and nature, and the fractured relationships we think beyond repair, but are actually more resilient than we could ever imagine. Brilliantly directed with a great soundtrack and a bigger heart than you might initially perceive, "Amores Perros" is a deep, thought-provoking and utterly enthralling film that you will not soon forget.

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