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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Director: Achero Mañas
Stars: Juan José Ballesta, Pablo Galán, Alberto Jiménez


Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Resines ...
José Utrilla
Manuel Morón ...
Ernesto Almansa
Luis Zahera ...
Fernando Soto ...
Armando Nieto
Manolo Solo ...
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)  »

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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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Great movie!
19 April 2010 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie mainly for two reasons:

1. The script is not a typical Hollywood storyline. It's very realistic and powerful.

2. The performances of all actors are superb. In contrast to Hollywood movies, the actors in this movie are not models who decided to move to the film business but real actors.

Fortunately, there are still cinema people who do not see movies as commercial products for sale with the purpose of bringing enormous profit to the producers but rather works of art. There is still hope for cinema.

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