Santiago, capital of Chile during the Marxist government of elected, highly controversial president Salvador Allende. Father McEnroe supports his leftist views by introducing a program at the prestigious "collegio" (Catholic prep school) St. Patrick to allow free admission of some proletarian kids. One of them is Pedro Machuca, slum-raised son of the cleaning lady in Gonzalo Infante's liberal-bourgeois home. Yet the new classmates become buddies, paradoxically protesting together as Gonzalo gets adopted by Pedro's slum family and gang. But the adults spoil that too, not in the least when general Pinochet's coup ousts Allende, and supporters such as McEnroe. Written by
11 June 2004 (Spain)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
The book that Gonzalo's mother's friend gives to him is "The Lone Ranger", the story of a man who befriends an Indian. See more
Silvana is standing by the outhouse, then moments later, after camera pans, appears on the other side of Gonzalo. See more
Stop seeing that old fucker.
In the credits at the beginning of the film, the last letter of each word drifts slowly to the right separating from the names See more
Music by Mauricio Durán
and Francisco Durán
Performed by Los Bunkers
(Mistakenly titled 'Los Bunker' in the credits) See more