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Machuca (2004)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  11 June 2004 (Spain)
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Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matías Quer ...
Ariel Mateluna ...
Manuela Martelli ...
Aline Küppenheim ...
Ernesto Malbran ...
Father McEnroe
Tamara Acosta ...
Juana
Francisco Reyes ...
Patricio Infante
Alejandro Trejo ...
Willy
Maria Olga Matte ...
Miss Gilda
Gabriela Medina ...
Lucy
Luis Dubó ...
Ismael Machuca
Andrea García-Huidobro ...
Isabel
Tiago Correa ...
Pablo
Pablo Krögh ...
Colonel Sotomayor
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Roberto Ochagavía
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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 KGF Vissers

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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 »

Goofs

Silvana is standing by the outhouse, then moments later, after camera pans, appears on the other side of Gonzalo. See more »

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Gonzalo Infante: Stop seeing that old fucker.
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Canción de cuna
Written by José Miguel Miranda and José Miguel Tobar
Performed by Coni Luer and unknown
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point of view of a 26 year old Chilean American
10 August 2004 | by (Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

Although i was not old enough to live through these events, its repercussions are still felt today. Its interesting to see this movie in the theater and hear older people in the audience booing and cheering at the different scenes and historical characters in the movie, meaning that it accurately depicts the events. The movie is excellent in the way it portrays the everyday life experienced back in those days. The movie is apolitical in the way the main characters are children, so the focus is everyday life more than taking an actual view. The great special effects used, increase the realism and makes the movie so much better, and you don't even notice they are being used.

I recommend this movie 100% both to Chileans, and foreigners that want a glimpse on the life of the upper/middle classes in Chile back in 1973.


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