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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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José María 'Txema' Loigorry / El Lobo
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Ricardo (as José Coronado)
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Amaia
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Begoña
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Pantxo
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Nelson
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Asier
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Matías
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Txino
Juan Fernández ...
Comandante Palacios
Roger Pera ...
Mediometro
José Luis García Pérez ...
Mejía (as José Luis García-Pérez)
Chema Muñoz ...
Arrieta
Antonio Ferrera ...
Reto (as Antonio Ferreira)
Juan Polanco ...
Gordo
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Based on a true story. In the 70's, during the last stages of Franco's dictatorship, Txema, a basque construction worker, is arrested because of his connection to some terrorists who have just committed a murder. The secret service see in him an ideal candidate to infiltrate the terrorist band ETA and become a mole, so they try to offer him a deal if he will do so. At first he's not too interested, but his financial problems (probably caused by the secret service itself) finally force him to take their money and accept the mission. He adopts the undercover name of "Lobo" (Wolf) and becomes an active member of the band, making all the right connections until he reaches the top and acquires the trust of its leaders. In the process, he discovers that the group has deep internal divisions between those who want to abandon the armed fight and become just a political party, and those who want to keep the terrorist activity until they can proclaim the independence of the Basque country. ... Written by pablomontoya@wanadoo.es

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eta | terrorism | spain | See All (3) »

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Rated R for violence, language and a brief scene of graphic sexual content | See all certifications »
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5 November 2004 (Spain)  »

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€5,000,000 (estimated)

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€886,904 (Spain) (5 November 2004)
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Trivia

Acording to an interview to Melchor Miralles, he said that the real "Lobo" visited the set one day, but nobody knew who really was. See more »

Goofs

On chapter 5 of the DVD, almost at minute 19 of the film, a caption says it's 1973. There's a wedding and while Amaia sings (00:20:33) we can see a cymbal in the background, whose brand is Sabian. This brand was founded in Canada in 1981. See more »

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Nelson: You can use all of your bullets except for this one. This one... is for Lobo.
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References Last Tango in Paris (1972) See more »

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Song of the French Partisan (La complainte du partisan)
Written by Emmanuel d'Astier de la Vigerie & Anna Marly
Performed by Leonard Cohen
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Our very own political thriller
20 November 2004 | by (Vitoria, Spain) – See all my reviews

Although political thrillers are habitual in American cinema, Spanish cinema has been less inclined to translate our past and present conflicts into film. The conflict with Basque separatist group ETA has been depicted a bunch of times in the last few decades, but very seldom as acutely as Miguel Courtois does with "El Lobo".

Based on the true story of a Basque man who managed to reach ETA's highest leaders undercover, the film presents a poignant vision of the Basque conflict which is neither black nor white. This has so many shades and gray areas that the viewer has no other option than to give it second thoughts.

Eduardo Noriega has proved himself as a worthy leading man in the past, and his Basque accent here is more than acceptable. The supporting cast benefits from a few great actors playing bit parts (Roger Pera, Saturnino García...) but many of the important supporting characters are clichéd or underwritten (what can Silvia Abascal do with her character?).

The writing is brave and raises important questions, which is a point in favor. However, they could have avoided a few stereotypes with some advise from just anyone familiar with the Basque Country. In any case, this is a worthy film and worth watching if only for the value of the questions it raises.


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