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No -- Based on a true story, when a Chilean military dictator calls for a referendum on his presidency, opposition leaders persuade a brash advertising executive to spearhead their campaign.
No -- An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum.


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Antonio Skármeta (play)
Pedro Peirano (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 August 2012 (Chile) See more »
Adiós, Mr. Pinochet.
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Educational, Interesting, Quaint, and Suspenseful See more (40 total) »


  (in credits order)

Gael García Bernal ... René Saavedra

Alfredo Castro ... Lucho Guzmán

Luis Gnecco ... José Tomás Urrutia
Néstor Cantillana ... Fernando
Antonia Zegers ... Verónica Carvajal
Marcial Tagle ... Alberto Arancibia
Pascal Montero ... Simón Saavedra
Jaime Vadell ... Minister Fernández
Elsa Poblete ... Carmen
Diego Muñoz ... Carlos
Roberto Farías ... Marcelo
Sergio Hernández ... Militar
Manuela Oyarzún ... Sandra
Paloma Moreno ... Fran
César Caillet ... Cliente
Pablo Krögh ... Director de campaña
Patricio Achurra ... Político
Amparo Noguera ... Socióloga
Alejandro Goic ... Ricardo
Carlos Cabezas ... Ponce
Claudia Cabezas ... Joven Revolucionaria
Paulo Brunetti ... Publicista Campaña Sí
Iñigo Urrutia ... Coreógrafo
Pedro Peirano ... Joven Comando No
Patricio Aylwin ... Patricio Aylwin
Eugenio Tironi ... Eugenio Tironi
Juan Forch ... Juan Forch
Eugenio García ... Eugenio García
Juan Gabriel Valdés ... Juan Gabriel Valdés
Jaime de Aguirre ... Jaime de Aguirre
Florcita Motuda ... Florcita Motuda
Patricio Bañados ... Patricio Bañados
Osvaldo Silva ... Osvaldo Silva
Carmen María Pascal ... Carmen María Pascal
María Teresa Bacigalupe ... María Teresa Bacigalupe
Cecilia Echeñique ... Cecilia Echeñique
Tati Pena ... Tati Pena
Javiera Parra ... Javiera Parra
Isabel Parra ... Isabel Parra
Cristina Parra ... Cristina Parra
Milena Rojas ... Milena Rojas
Carlos Caszely ... Carlos Caszely
Gabriela Medina ... Gabriela Medina
Malucha Pinto ... Malucha Pinto
Maitén Montenegro ... Maitén Montenegro
Jorge Yáñez ... Jorge Yáñez
Claudio Narea ... Claudio Narea
Marco Antonio de la Parra ... Marco Antonio de la Parra
Ana María Gazmuri ... Ana María Gazmuri
Marcela Medel ... Marcela Medel
Reinaldo Vallejo ... Reinaldo Vallejo
Claudio Guzmán ... Claudio Guzmán
Consuelo Holzapfel ... Consuelo Holzapfel
Maricarmen Arrigorriaga ... Maricarmen Arrigorriaga
Shlomit Baytelman ... Shlomit Baytelman
Delfina Guzmán ... Delfina Guzmán
María Elena Duvauchelle ... María Elena Duvauchelle
Julio Jung ... Julio Jung
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Dreyfuss ... Himself (archive footage)

Jane Fonda ... Herself (archive footage)
Augusto Pinochet ... Himself (archive footage)

Christopher Reeve ... Himself (archive footage)
César Arredondo ... César Arredondo (uncredited)
Pablo Ausensi ... Empresario (uncredited)
Andrés Gómez ... Camarógrafo (uncredited)
Alex G. Hofmann ... Político (uncredited)

Catalina Vera ... Secretaria (uncredited)
Hugo Vásquez ... Participante campaña No (uncredited)

Directed by
Pablo Larraín 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pedro Peirano  screenplay
Antonio Skármeta  play written

Produced by
Juan Ignacio Correa .... executive producer
Daniel Marc Dreifuss .... producer
Mariane Hartard .... executive producer
Rocío Jadue .... executive producer
Jonathan King .... executive producer
Juan de Dios Larraín .... producer
Pablo Larraín .... producer
Original Music by
Carlos Cabezas 
Cinematography by
Sergio Armstrong (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Andrea Chignoli 
Art Direction by
Estefania Larrain 
Set Decoration by
María Eugenia Hederra 
Costume Design by
Francisca Román 
Makeup Department
Margarita Marchi .... makeup
Production Management
Eduardo Castro .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gabriel Díaz .... second unit director
Art Department
Zimon Briceno .... second assistant set decorator
Zimon Briceno .... second assistant set dresser
María Eugenia Hederra .... set dresser
Angela Torti .... first assistant set decorator
Angela Torti .... first assistant set dresser
Sound Department
Miguel Hormazábal .... sound designer
Sebastian Marin .... foley recordist
Sebastian Marin .... sound effects editor
Mauricio Molina .... sound engineer
Ivo Moraga .... foley artist
Isaac Moreno .... boom operator
Roberto Zuñiga .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Ismael Cabrera .... colorist
Ismael Cabrera .... visual effects supervisor
Rodrigo Rojas Echaiz .... visual effects
Mauro Contreras Villegas .... visual effects artist
Wernher Schurmann .... fight choreographer
Wernher Schurmann .... stunt coordinator
Jorge Vergara .... assistant fight coordinator
Jorge Vergara .... assistant stunt coordinator
Jorge Vergara .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Carlos Diaz .... video assist
Jonathan Maldonado .... assistant camera (episode)
Juan Millán .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carolina Norero .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Javier Estévez .... additional editor
Catalina Marín Duarte .... additional editor
Music Department
Juan Ignacio Correa .... music supervisor
Other crew
Cameron Arguelles .... quality control
Eduardo Bertran .... director: archive footage
Martin Bohte .... post -production assistant
Cristian Echeverria .... post production head
Nicolás Ibieta .... post production adviser
Lorena Penjean .... research
Christopher L. Perez .... clearance counsel
Alejandro Wise .... production assistant

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Rated R for language
118 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.40 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Several people from the actual "No" campaign in Chile were hired to play members of the "Yes" campaign in the film.See more »
Publicista Campaña Sí:[Speaking to the YES Campaign board] If you want to scare people, you have to scare them with their past, their past poverty, long lines to buy bread. The opposition has its cries of socialism, yes. But the only thing that interests people is the scramble, and also they know that socialism is miserable. Instead you have a system in which anyone can be rich. Attention!, not 'everyone'... 'anyone'. You can not lose when all are committed to be that 'anyone'.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Bellas y audaces" (1988)See more »
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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Educational, Interesting, Quaint, and Suspenseful, 7 February 2013
Author: 3xHCCH from Quezon City, Philippines

I only knew about this film from Chile simply entitled "No" because it was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Before watching the film I learned that this film would be starring a known star, Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal (of "Y Tu Mama Tambien" fame). I was more intrigued to make this the first Chilean film I would ever watch.

"No" refers to the vote of "No" in a national referendum held in Chile in 1988 with the question of extending the dictatorial presidency of Augusto Pinoche for another eight years. Hip young advertiser Rene Saavedra (Bernal) was tasked to lead the advertising campaign for the impossible "No" vote. His modern methods meet resistance within the "No" camp. It also put his and his family's safety at risk. Will Saavedra's unorthodox political advertising techniques get the job done?

I found this account of Chile's recent history very educational and interesting. As I also come from a country that lived through and deposed a dictator through a peaceful revolution just a year or so before this event in Chile history, I recognize and identify with the experience and sentiments of the people involved.

I did not know whether "Yes" or "No" won, so there is very palpable suspense while watching this very realistic film. It felt like a documentary in its faded color palette, gritty camera work, accurate production design, and interweaving of actual news footage. It was also quaint in the cultural sense, as we learn about unique societal attitudes and behavior in Chile, a country I know very little about.

Maybe its chances of winning the Oscar are not too big since it is up against the higher profile "Amour", which is also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director. However, I am thankful for its nomination because this history buff has learned a lot from this film.

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