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Captain Alatriste: The Spanish Musketeer (2006)
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Viggo Mortensen plays the Spanish soldier-turned-mercenary Captain Alatriste, a heroic figure from the country's 17th century imperial wars.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Íñigo Balboa
Sebastián Copons
Juan Echanove ...
Antonio Dechent ...
Curro Garrote
Francesc Garrido ...
Martín Saldaña
Mujer de Malatesta
Jesús Castejón ...
Cristina Marcos ...
Luis Zahera ...


Spain 17th century.Diego Alatriste, brave and heroic soldier, is fighting under his King's army in the Flandes region. His best mate, Balboa, falls in a trap and near to die ask to Diego, as his last desire, to looking after his son Inigo and grow him as a soldier. Alatriste has to come back to Madrid. Written by 1felco

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€24,000,000 (estimated)

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Leonor Watling was offered a role but turned it down. See more »


During the white flag scene at Rocroi, the corpses around the Spanish soldiers move between takes. See more »


Conde Duque de Olivares: Without Flanders, there's nothing... Captain.
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Referenced in El ministerio del tiempo: El tiempo es el que es (2015) See more »

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A superb movie with one or two stains...
3 September 2006 | by (Madrid, Spain) – See all my reviews

Alatriste is definitely one of the best Spanish movies of the last years.

The cast is definitely wonderful with special mention to Javier Cámara as Count-Duke of Olivares, Juan Echanove as Francisco de Quevedo, Eduard Fernández as Sebastián Copons and Elena Anaya as Angélica de Alquézar. The rest of the cast is pretty good as well with the possible exception of Martín Saldaña being played by Francesc Garrido whose acting just didn't move me.

The music is gorgeous and a big effort was made to reproduce the atmosphere both in the filthy dangerous streets of XVII century's Madrid and in the opulent royal palaces and nobility's villas.

The decadence of the Empire and the selfish and greedy courtesan life is very well shown as well.

I would remark just two weak points in my opinion: 1) The attempt to concentrate 5 books in a single film makes you get the feeling that the script lacks continuity at some points, even when the story is a good one itself.

2) Although the atmosphere of the narrow old streets of Madrid is well reproduced I miss scenes where whole areas of imperial Madrid can be seen. The Austria's castle or the Plaza Mayor could have been shown in order to display a general view of the city's architectonic grandeur. However no open areas can be seen in the movie and it's all narrow streets and little squares which can be confusing at some points.

Even if I think it could be improved, I find Alatriste worth a visit to your favourite theatre.

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