The Galíndez File (2003)
"El misterio Galíndez" (original title)

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On March 12, 1956, Basque Nationalist Jesús de Galíndez Suarez disappears from his apartment in New York, never heard from again. He had been working with the FBI and was about to publish a... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Muriel Colber
Edward Robards
Guillermo Toledo ...
Norman Radcliffe
Reynaldo Miravalles ...
Don Angelito
Chete Lera ...
Miriam Learra ...
Carlos Padrón ...
Leon María Jara
Jacqueline Arenal ...
Gloria Moral
Mario Limonta ...
Areces (Old)
Joel Angelino ...
Don Angelito (Young)
Enrique Almirante ...
Hugo Reyes ...
Areces (Young)
Jorge Alí ...
Rivera Maculeto


On March 12, 1956, Basque Nationalist Jesús de Galíndez Suarez disappears from his apartment in New York, never heard from again. He had been working with the FBI and was about to publish a book critical of Dominican strongman, Trujillo. In 1988, a graduate student, Muriel Colber, wants to make Galíndez the subject of her dissertation. She's in Spain doing research; finding little, she goes to Santo Domingo. At every turn, the CIA, in the person of agent Robards, tries to thwart her; and, at each turn, as she considers abandoning the project, someone offers new information, often contradictory. She wants the truth behind the Galíndez mystery; will she find it? Written by <>

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26 September 2003 (Spain)  »

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Galíndez mysteriet  »

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On the scene where Galíndez is being drowned as torture, the actor holding Eduard Fernández missed the signal they have previously agreed and let Fernández drowning for longer than expected. See more »


When Radcliffe is talking with Robards at the restaurant, his hand position on the beer glass changes. See more »

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Terrific picture, though somewhat overlong
14 March 2004 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This movie showed here in Los Angeles last night as part of a festival of New Spanish Cinema. Jesus de Galindez was a Basque nationalist who lived in the Dominican Republic after leaving Spain. And then after leaving the Dominican Republic for the United States he wrote a book exposing the Trujillo dicatorship. For this he was kidnapped and taken to the Dominican Republic where he was brutal tortured and killed.

The movie uncovers his life through the oddysey of a young woman from the United States who does research on his life, only to find doors blocked everywhere, and false open doors as well. Harvey Keitel plays the US government agent (it's unclear if CIA or FBI) whose assignment is to prevent the facts about Washington's role in the disappearance of Galindez from coming out. Keitel plays this role to a T.

At 126 minutes, it's somewhat overlong, and the performance by the actress playing protagonist is a bit goggle-eyed and wooden, but it's a fine movie. Interestingly, it's a bilingual movie, with parts of the dialogue in English, with Spanish subtitles, and in Spanish with English subtitles. It's also fascinating to listen to the different accents in Spanish by many of the characters.

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