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Release Date:
18 October 2002 (Spain) See more »
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Let the battle begin...
Plot:
Julián Torralba is a former movie stuntman in Almeria, Spain. He and several of his colleagues, who... See more » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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The "Scream" of Westerns? See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Sancho Gracia ... Julián
Ángel de Andrés López ... Cheyenne (as Angel de Andres)

Carmen Maura ... Laura
Eusebio Poncela ... 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)
Terele Pávez ... 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 ... Angeles
Yoima Valdés ... Sandra (as Yoima Valdes)
Ane Gabarain ... Jacinta
Alfonso Torregrosa ... Police Chief
Arantxa Silvestre ... Woman in Stagecoach
Juan Viadas ... Monitor
Pablo Pinedo ... Elías
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francisco Aguilar
Julio Alonso ... Conductor Excavadora
Javier Aranda ... Transportista
Javier Bustamante ... Individuo 1
Fernando Casado Rosa ... Confederado 1
Lucia Castillo ... Vocina Sra. Encarna (as Lucia Castillo 'Lucy')
Begoña Cruz ... Mujer Policia
Ramón Del Pomar ... Doble de Clint
Juan José Exposito Ferrer ... Confederado 3
Tito García ... Tonito
Agustín Gomez Marín ... Chacho (as Agustín Gómez Marín "El Titi")
Hector Gomez ... Conductor Furgo
Artemy Guillen ... Indio 2
Mercedes Guillot ... Mujer de Mariano
Juan-Jo Lezamiz ... Camarero
Jorge Otero Garcia 'Harold' ... Confederado 2
Juanma Pagazaurtundua ... Val Petrov
Lola del Pino ... Secretaria
Carolo Ruiz ... Individuo 2
Paul Vega ... Indio 3
Constantino Romero ... Clint Eastwood (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Álex de la Iglesia  (as Alex de la Iglesia)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Álex de la Iglesia  (as Alex de la Iglesia)
Jorge Guerricaechevarría  (as Jorge Guerricaechevarria)

Produced by
María Angulo .... associate producer
Álex de la Iglesia .... producer
Juanma Pagazaurtundua .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Roque Baños 
 
Cinematography by
Flavio Martínez Labiano 
 
Film Editing by
Alejandro Lázaro 
 
Casting by
Amaya Díez  (as Amaya Diez)
Mamen Moya 
 
Art Direction by
José Luis Arrizabalaga  (as Jose Luis Arrizabalaga)
Biaffra  (as Arturo Garcia 'Biaffra')
 
Costume Design by
Paco Delgado 
 
Makeup Department
Itziar Arrieta .... assistant hair stylist
Ainhoa Eskisabel .... assistant hair stylist
Lola López .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Juanma Pagazaurtundua .... production manager
Ander Sistiaga .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francisco Barrionuevo .... third assistant director
Jon Espel .... third assistant director
Falele Ygueravide .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Imanol Echeverría .... property master
 
Sound Department
Susana Benito .... assistant sound mixer
Francisco Cillán .... boom operator
Manuel Corrales .... sound effects
Jaime Fernández .... sound re-recording mixer
Martín García Blaya .... assistant sound editor
Fabio Huete .... boom operator
David Mantecón .... sound editor
Antonio Rodríguez 'Mármol' .... sound (as Antonio Rodríguez)
Carlos Schmukler .... supervising sound editor (as Charly Schmukler)
Ricardo Viñas .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
 
Special Effects by
Antonio Castillo .... special effects
Antonio Molina .... special effects
Juan Ramón Molina .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Nike Alonso .... visual effects producer
Eduardo Díaz .... digital compositor
Guillermo Orbe .... digital compositor
Raul Ortego .... digital compositor
Thorsten Rienth .... digital compositor
Rafa Solorzano .... visual effects supervisor
Raúl Sánchez .... digital compositor
Carlos Trijueque .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Luis Miguel Arranz .... stunts (as Luis Miguel Villareal Arranz)
Sergio Atanes .... stunts
Alejandro Cobo .... stunts (as Alejandro Cobo García)
Ricardo Cruz .... stunts (as Ricardo Cruz Moral)
Inocencio Losada .... stunts (as Inocencio Losada Silva)
Salvador Martos Manson .... stunts (as Salvador Martos)
José Antonio Oña Sánchez .... stunts
Juan Francisco Saz .... stunts
José Ignacio Álvarez .... stunts (as Ignacio Alvarez)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paola Ardizzoni .... still photographer
Jon Barco .... apprentice camera
Javier Casado .... electrician
Miguel Ángel Cárdenas .... gaffer
Elías Fernández .... electrician
Emilio Pereda .... still photographer
José Sacristán .... electrician
Federico Staffa .... clapper loader
Fernando Vázquez Gondar .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Pilar Moya .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sonia Isla .... wardrobe assistant
Eva Salas .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Fran Amaro .... assistant editor (as Francisco Amaro Gómez)
Miguel P. Gilaberte .... color timer
Cristina Pastor .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Ginés Carrión .... music copyist
Zacarías M. de la Riva .... orchestrator
José Vinader .... score recording & mixing
 
Other crew
Urko Errazquin .... marketing
Purificación García .... production secretary
Juan Maján .... armorer
Germán Sela .... marketing coordinator
Francisco Sánchez Ortiz .... marketing director
 
Thanks
Luis Lobos Negros .... thanks
Patxi Urkijo .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"800 balas" - Spain (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content/nudity and some violence
Runtime:
124 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA (cable rating) | Australia:M (original rating) | Germany:12 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | UK:15 | USA:R

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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The "Scream" of Westerns?, 24 October 2002
Author: cifra2 from Málaga, Spain

800 Balas (800 Bullets) **** 1/2 by Alex de la Iglesia with Sancho Gracia, Angel de Andrés López, Carmen Maura, Eusebio Poncela and Luis Castro. OK, people. Here's the "Scream" of the Western genre. Only it is not set in America, but in the fake America in Spain where masterpieces as Lawrence of Arabia and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly were shot. And it is not set in the XIXth Century but in 2.002. And everything is fake, the mirage of times already past.

Alex de la Iglesia's career is truly awesome. His first short, "Mirindas Asesinas" (*****) was hailed by many critics as the BEST spanish short film EVER. Then Pedro Almodóvar himself financed de la Iglesia's film debut, "Acción Mutante" (*** 1/2), a science-fiction terrorist comedy that open new possibilities for spanish film industry. Then he changed his producer to "Belle Epoque" producer Andrés Vicente Gómez, who financed his later films: the legendary "Day of the Beast" (*****), "Perdita Durango" (*****) - the movie that de la Iglesia choose to make instead "Alien Resurrection" - "Muertos de Risa" (**** 1/2) and "La Comunidad" (**** 1/2). A truly awesome career, in my opinion. His trademark wild and surreal humor, grotesque violence and the social subtext of almost all of his movies makes him one of the most extraordinary and unique "auteurs" worldwide.

No wonder that besides "Talk to Her", the most anticipated film in Spain of 2002 was "800 Balas". Did he - once more - deliver the goods?

Yes. A big YES.

The plot: Carlos (Luis Castro) the nasty 11 years old - more or less - son of Laura (Carmen Maura) an executive of a construction company discovers - thanks to his dead father's mother (the great Terele Pávez) that his grandfather is alive and escapes from home to find him in Almería's Hollywood. The situation when he arrives is not good. The Western Hollywood stunt attraction is all that survives from the golden past that land saw in the 60's, the land where Clint Eastwood, David Lean and George C. Scott made great movies (spaghetti westerns, Lawrence of Arabia and Patton: yes, they were shot in Spain!). A land where the last important shooting was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - and so it's kept a photograph of both Spielberg and Lucas at the entrance of the theme park.

Carlos' grandfather, Julián (Sancho Gracia) is the shadow of the man he once was. He plays his usual stunt unconvincingly along with his fellows, including Cheyenne (Angel de Andrés López) with whom he fights at the saloon entrance in a very bad western style. When Julián learns that Carlos is his grandson, guilt resurrects as he's partially to blame of his son's death when playing a stunt many years ago. But things can only get worse when Laura finally finds where is her son.

And I will stop here. I don't want to spoil the fun for you. And yes, I know that this is set for drama, not for comedy. How the situation develops is outstanding. Meet the people of the "theme park". Meet their families. Meet the muslim immigrants. Meet the whores. Meet the Guardia Civil. Meet the Police. Bring 800 bullets, and alcohol, and drugs, and The Pogues' "Fiesta". And you have another de la Iglesia's wild ride to the darkest spanish spirit.

Making sutile references to a lot of westerns and taking even a couple of shots from "Seven Samurai" - which we can admit is some kind of western - de la Iglesia's direction is bizarre, daring, grotesque, strong, and ultimately, unique. And the same can be said of the cast and their performances. Sancho Gracia and Angel de Andrés López are simply awesome in their roles. Some of you may remember Angel de Andrés López from Almodóvar's "What have I done to deserve this?" and "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" (althought his part in this one was very small, as a cop)... but both are two of the most underrated spanish actors. In exchange, Carmen Maura is one of the most known spanish actresses - and one of the best - and it may surprise many that her part is not the starring one... The whole supporting cast is great, and even the kid, Luis Castro, who has a very funny sex initiation sequence with a whore (R rating for sure in the USA!) is really funny (when the movie starts, he is playing alone disguised as an islamic terrorist!).

Add to this Roque Baños homage to classic western music at the score, a great cinematography and art direction, stunts, and a nostalgic feeling mixed with a riot and you have one of the best spanish movies of the year, althought some - lesser - pacing problems prevent me of giving the "Masterpiece" rating.

So, an advice: go rent "Day of the Beast" and "Perdita Durango" (Dance with the Devil). If you love or simply like these movies, you'll enjoy "800 Balas"... if you hate them, go check something else.

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