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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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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Gael García Bernal was the first choice for the role played by Unax Ugalde. See more »

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During the Battle of Rocroi, cannonballs are hitting in the middle of the Spanish formation. The standard practice with cannons is to aim ahead of an enemy formation, that the cannonball may bounce through the front rank and cause as much damage as possible. They would seldom if ever aim for the center of a formation. See more »

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Conde Duque de Olivares: Without Flanders, there's nothing... Captain.
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Beautifully filmed and solid period movie
8 September 2006 | by (Barcelona) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed Alatriste; it's not your typical fast-paced Hollywood action flick (if you go see it expecting something of the sort, you'll probably be disappointed and bored) and the plot is not too clearly defined, but it has an excellent cinematography and costume design that recreate Velazquez's Spain, and most of the actors are very good. Mortensen is an awesome Capitán Alatriste despite his slight accent. You can see he took this role very seriously. He fits perfectly into the roguish, ruthless but noble character's skin. The sword fights are nicely choreographed. The atmosphere of seventeen-century Spain and the historical context are superbly recreated. Actually, I find there are interesting parallels between the decay of the Spanish Empire and present day United States, between the "tercios" and the US Marines.

I recommend this film highly to anybody who's interested in period films, or who likes Mortensen as an actor.


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