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Posición avanzada (1966)

During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), a command takes advantage of the night to reach an advanced position that protects the ford of a river and is defended by the enemy. The next day, ... See full summary »


Pedro Lazaga


Ángel del Castillo (screenplay), Ángel del Castillo (story)
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manuel Zarzo ... Juan Ruiz
Antonio Ferrandis ... Sargento Ayuso
Manuel Manzaneque Manuel Manzaneque ... Alférez Laso
Enrique Ávila ... Vélez
Luis Marín ... Azón
Jesús Colomer Jesús Colomer ... Leandro
Manuel Tejada Manuel Tejada ... Javier Martí, el filósofo
Marcelo Arroita-Jáuregui Marcelo Arroita-Jáuregui ... Cabo Pando
Francisco Vázquez Francisco Vázquez ... Telefonista
Rogelio Madrid Rogelio Madrid ... Teniente ayudante
Fernando Sánchez Polack ... Sargento Díaz (as Fernando S. Polack)
José Villasante José Villasante ... Capitán Trueba
Francisco Ruano Francisco Ruano ... Soldado de la guitarra
Emilio Rodríguez Emilio Rodríguez ... Alcalde
Guillermo Méndez Guillermo Méndez ... Teniente Crespo


During the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), a command takes advantage of the night to reach an advanced position that protects the ford of a river and is defended by the enemy. The next day, soldiers on both sides make a truce and fish trout and exchange canned and cigarettes. Written by jsanchez

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7 February 1966 (Spain) See more »

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Destello Films C.C. See more »
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2.00 : 1
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Pretty good and well paced warlike movie set in the Spanish Civil War with stunning battle scenes
15 May 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Very good wartime movie dealing with the Spanish Civil War . It starts with a long flashback in which an ex-soldier called Juan Ruiz : Manuel Zarzo meets a steel helmet .Developing the trenches war in an easy position called Villa Sarten . As the Nationalist commandant , Tomas Blanco, and his soldiers have taken the advanced location that protects the ford of a river. There arrives a rookie Alferez, Manuel Manzaneque, to take the command the garrison , but there actually commands a tough as well as sympathetic sergeant , Antonio Ferrandis . While troops on both sides make short truces to fish trouts and exchange tobacco and canned .At the end the Republic troops trying to take the National ford by themselves and things go wrong .

Notable warlike movie original and competently shot by Pedro Lazaga. Plenty of attractive travellings as when the soldiers attack and take advantage at night and the spectacular final scenes. . It is a worthwhile effort with some good battle sequences and a lot of explosions and shots . The movie delivers a nice description about trench life during the Spanish Civil War 36-39 and a sense of enjoyable reconciliation on both sides . The producers thanksgiving to Spanish Army for the realization of this splendid flick .It is really influenced by American war films and Hollywood directors as Samuel Fuller, Raoul Walsh, Anthony Mann , William A Wellman and their top-notch warfare movies .The film gives an interesting character studio and magnificent interpretations. The Salamanca-born young Alferez played by Manuel Manzaneque is good as an honorable and upright Officer and Antonio Ferrandis is excellent as the likeable and brave sergeant who was born in Reinosa Cantabria . Support cast is frankly magnificent full of notorious secondaries of the 60s and 70s as Enrique Avila , Manuel Tejada , Luis Marin, Fernando Sanchez Polack , Tomas Blanco, Luis Suarez , Guillermo Mendez , Emilio Rodriguez , among others.

It contains an evocative and atmospheric cinematography by Cecilio Paniagua considered to be one of the best Spanish cameramen with International successes as 100 rifles, Hunting party, Patton, Last adventure Custer, Doctor Coppelia and Spanish films as Mi hija Hildegart , El hombre de la Isla or Sonatas . Sensitive musical score by Anton Garcia Abril performed by guitar played by Regino Sainz de La Maza. The motion picture was stunningly directed by the prolific Pedro Lazaga. Pedro was a fine craftsman who made a great number of fims of all kinds of genres and comedies especially. He directed some pictures about Spanish civil war such as La patrulla, El frente infinito , La fiel infanteria and this La posicion avanzada , at his best . He got some hits directing the great comedian Paco Martinez Soria such as : Abuelo made in Spain, Hay que educar a Papa , El padre de la criatura, El alegre divorciado , Estoy hecho un chaval y Vaya par de de gemelos . Rating : Above average. Well worth seeing . This Posicion avanzada will appeal to Spanish cinema buffs .

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