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800 balas (2002)

Julián Torralba is a former movie stuntman in Almeria, Spain. He and several of his colleagues, who once made a living in American Westerns shot in Spain, now are reduced to doing stunt ... See full summary »

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(as Jorge Guerricaechevarria), (as Alex de la Iglesia)
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Julián
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Cheyenne (as Angel de Andres)
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Laura
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Scott
Luis Castro ...
Carlos
Manuel Tallafé ...
Manuel (as Manuel Tallafe)
Enrique Martínez ...
Arrastrado (as Enrique Martinez)
Luciano Federico ...
Enterrador
Eduardo Gómez ...
Ahorcado (as Eduardo Gomez)
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Rocío (as Terele Pavez)
Ramón Barea ...
Don Mariano (as Ramon Barea)
Cesáreo Estébanez ...
Andrés (as Cesareo Estebanez)
Eduardo Antuña ...
Taxista
Gracia Olayo ...
Juli
Berta Ojea ...
Ángeles
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Julián Torralba is a former movie stuntman in Almeria, Spain. He and several of his colleagues, who once made a living in American Westerns shot in Spain, now are reduced to doing stunt shows for minuscule audiences on the decaying set built for those old Westerns. Julián wrestles with dark memories of the death of his son, also a stuntman, and with estrangement from his daughter-in-law Laura and her son Carlos. Carlos, a young boy, becomes intrigued with his late father's life and runs away to join Julián and his band of has-beens. There Carlos is initiated into the rambunctious life of these hard-drinking faux cowboys. But when Laura, a powerful executive looking for a new site for a tourist resort, learns that Carlos has joined the hated Julián, she moves to destroy even this remnant of Julián's once-proud career. Julián and the cowboys decide to fight back the only way they know how. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Rated R for sexual content/nudity and some violence | See all certifications »
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Opening Weekend:

$866 (USA) (29 October 2004)

Gross:

$866 (USA) (29 October 2004)
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Trivia

Director Álex de la Iglesia wanted Clint Eastwood to play himself in the film. He even offered to move to Los Angeles to shoot Eastwood's part. Eastwood, who was then working on the production of Mystic River (2003), was forced to turn down the offer. See more »

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The man who takes the officers gun continues to shoot even when the gun is clearly out of ammunition. See more »

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References Doctor Zhivago (1965) See more »

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Having fun with Alex de la Iglesia
23 November 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

"800 Balas" is another funny and cool movie from Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia, the guy who did the absolutely wonderful "El Dia de la Bestia", one of the best comedy/terror movies ever made. But I must tell you, people, if you don't speak Spanish, no matter how accurate the subtitles will be, you're missing half of the fun. And I mean Spanish from Spain, literally, because here in Argentina we speak Spanish too but in a complete different form and mood. Spanish people are hilarious when they insult each other (and there's a lot here) using some expressions that just can't be translated, like "me cago en la puta leche". But it's a funny and well delivered film no matter the language. A kind of homage to spaghetti westerns and all those little cheap movies from the 60's done with an excellent cast. Recommended.


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