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Los Olvidados (1950)

Los olvidados (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 24 March 1952 (USA)
A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City, and the morals of young Pedro are gradually corrupted and destroyed by the others.

Director:

Luis Buñuel
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 12 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Estela Inda ... La madre de Pedro
Miguel Inclán ... Don Carmelo, el ciego
Alfonso Mejía Alfonso Mejía ... Pedro
Roberto Cobo ... El Jaibo
Alma Delia Fuentes ... Meche
Francisco Jambrina ... El director de la escuela granja
Jesús García Jesús García ... El padre de Julián (as Jesús García Navarro)
Efraín Arauz Efraín Arauz ... Cacarizo
Sergio Virel Sergio Virel ... Miembro pandilla (as Sergio Villarreal)
Jorge Pérez Jorge Pérez ... Pelón
Javier Amézcua Javier Amézcua ... Julián
Mario Ramírez Mario Ramírez ... Ojitos
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Storyline

Hell-bent on revenge, the cocky reform-school runaway, El Jaibo, returns to his old neighbourhood in post-World-War-II Mexico City's poor and squalid slums, to reunite with his faithful gang of juvenile delinquents and street urchins. However, as the dangerous ringleader lives and breathes retribution, his destructive obsession to find the informant who supposedly sent him to jail will intricately interweave his bitter fate with that of Pedro, his weak and unwitting accessory, in a despicable act of pure evil. In the end, are humans inherently good or bad--and above all--is immorality contingent with society? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

A Motion Picture Masterpiece From Mexico See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film was very poorly received in Mexico when originally released, with particular resentment directed at the Spaniard Luis Buñuel, as a foreigner, for exposing the nation's problems with poverty and crime. In fact, it was only after Buñuel won Best Director at Cannes that the film's quality was reevaluated by Mexican critics and audiences. Critical opinion of the film in Mexico is now very high: in a 1994 poll for the magazine Somos, Los Olvidados was named the second greatest Mexican film of all time. (Let's Go with Pancho Villa (1936) - directed by Fernando de Fuentes, was ranked first.) See more »

Goofs

In a shot of Pedro's corpse, the victim can clearly be seen breathing. See more »

Quotes

El director de la escuela granja: I was imagining that we could lock up misery, instead of the children.
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Alternate Versions

SPOILER: In the director's cut, Pedro is stabbed to death by Jaibo, and Meche and her grandfather dump his body outside the town. The blind man denounces Jaibo to the police, who shoot Jaibo when fleeing arrest. Pedro's mother is left alone alone, in despair. A shorter "happy" ending, never used by the director, was filmed probably to accommodate censorship authorities or the sensibilities of the distributors: Jaibo dies in an accidental fall when he's fighting Pedro, who retrieves the stolen banknote from him. Pedro has a short conversation with Ojitos, and then returns to the reformatory farm-school (to a loud musical crescendo). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jackal of Nahueltoro (1969) See more »

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one of the all time greats
8 February 2002 | by arnis12See all my reviews

I just saw this at the local art house theatre and I realized that I've never seen a decent print of this masterpiece which ranks alongside Citizen Kane and the Bicycle Thieves as the greatest film ever made. What a shame? I'm waiting for Criterion or somebody to restore it and give it the respect it so rightfully deserves.

However, watching butchered, scratched prints with a muddy soundtrack has given the film a charm and personality. It's as dirty and grungy as the story it is telling.

This film is perfect. It's the closest thing to artistic TRUTH that I've seen. And yes the characters are rotten but they break your heart. Just when you think Jaibo is one of the screens greatest villains, he tells a story about being abandened as a child, and seeing the beautiful face of a woman who looked like a saint who may or may not have been his mother. Powerful stuff. Never have I seen a more relentless and brutal film. It never shys away from the truth and try to sugar coat it. All the kids are complex. They're neither innocents or devils. The story of troubled youth and urban violence have been told countless of times, but this is the real deal and the measuring stick for all.


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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

24 March 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los Olvidados See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$134,613
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ultramar Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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