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Cell 211 (2009)

Celda 211 (original title)
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The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
José Utrilla
Ernesto Almansa
Fernando Soto ...
Armando Nieto
Director cárcel
Patxi Bisquert ...
Jon Arteaga 'Potolo'
Josean Bengoetxea ...
Antxon Elorza 'El Profesor'
Anartz Zuazua ...
Asier Urruticoechea 'El Txiqui'
Miguel Martín ...
Félix Cubero ...


Juan Oliver wants to make a good impression at his new job as a prison officer and reports to work a day early, leaving his pregnant wife, Elena, at home. His destiny is forever changed by this fateful decision, as during his tour of the prison, an accident occurs that knocks him unconscious. He is rushed to the empty but visibly haunted walls of cell 211. As this diversion unfolds, inmates of the high security cell block strategically break free and hijack the penitentiary. Aware of the violence that is to come, the prison officers flee, leaving Juan stranded and unconscious in the heart of the riot. When Juan awakens, he immediately takes stock of the situation; in order to survive, he must pretend to be a prisoner. Juan develops a dialogue with the violent leader of the riot, Badass, and the two begin a partnership, Badass fully believing that Juan is a new inmate. Negotiations go smoothly until the rioters take three ETA (the militant Basque separatist organization) prisoners ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

6 November 2009 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Cell 211  »

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$5,700,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Juan José Ballesta auditioned several times for a role. See more »


When the minister is heading to the prison, the car he is driven in is shown as an Audi A6 (1997) from the front, when arriving to the prison the car is shown from behind, but this is an Audi A8 (2005) model. See more »


Malamadre: So the guards beat you up your first day. You must have pissed them off.
Juan Oliver: I do my best.
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Referenced in El premio (2010) See more »

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Great movie that shows realism and truth without falling into the clichés of the genre.
9 March 2012 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

The day when "Juan" (Alberto Ammann) begins work on his new job as a prison officer, is caught in a prison riot. He then decides to impersonate another prisoner to save his life and to end the revolt, led by the dreaded "Malamadre" (Luis Tosar). What we know is that fate has prepared a trap.

It's a great film by Daniel Monzón, intense thriller, straightforward, sober and without many frills. With a good cast, highlighting the novel actor Alberto Ammann, giving a lesson in how it is able to withstand the weight of the film and stand up to a great actor like Luis Tosar, making a memorable work, without falling into the prison movie clichés. The beginning is probably a statement of intent on where they're going to move the characters and the film, despair, betrayal, competing interests and a strong criticism of the ruling class, unable to control a situation that is slipping away little by little. Very interesting point about where ETA prisoners are the major focus of concern on the part of rulers, even above the protagonist, trapped in a world that does not belong and forgotten his fateful fate.

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