Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

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Cast

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Matías Quer ...
Ariel Mateluna ...
Manuela Martelli ...
Aline Küppenheim ...
María Luisa Infante (as Aline Kuppenheim)
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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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

As stated by the director in several interviews, the movie was shot only on Sundays, due to its small budget. 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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This movie is about a child living in 1973, where Chile was politically imbalanced
22 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I believe that this is one of the best Chilean films ever made. The director chose excellent actors, and his idea for his movie was very creative. I don't normally feel emotional after watching movies, but at the end, when the director played the song "Mira Niñita" from Los Jaivas, I almost cried.

The movie gave a very well balanced view of each side of social class. Giving one a better understanding of why things happened how they happened.

I have to say, most movies with kids actor are major garbage in my opinion, but Machuca was a great film, with a great plot.


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