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Jackal of Nahueltoro (1969)

El Chacal de Nahueltoro (original title)
The real story about an illiterate murderer, educated in prison, where he reflects on his actions days before he died.


Miguel Littin (as Miguel Littín)


Miguel Littin (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Nelson Villagra Nelson Villagra ... José del Carmen Valenzuela Torrès dicho El Chacal
Shenda Román ... Rosa
Marcelo Romo Marcelo Romo ... Reporter
Héctor Noguera ... Chaplain
Luis Alarcón Luis Alarcón ... Judge
Pedro Villagra Pedro Villagra ... Capitan del pelotón de ejecución
Rafael Benavente Rafael Benavente ... Guardia de prisión
Rubén Sotoconil Rubén Sotoconil ... Corporal Campos
Roberto Navarrete Roberto Navarrete ... Director de la prisión
Jorge Yáñez Jorge Yáñez
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Armando Fenoglio Armando Fenoglio ... Sacerdote
Luis Melo Luis Melo ... Mayor
Wenceslao Parada Wenceslao Parada


In 1960, José del Carmen Valenzuela Torres, from the small town of Nahueltoro in Chile, brutally murdered Rosa Rivas Acuña and her five children. This classic film of the Latin American cinema is based on testimonies provided by the murderer himself while he was being prosecuted and the journalists who interviewed him before his sentence was executed. Thirty two months after the massacre at age 23 and after learning how to read and write, "The Jackal of Nahueltoro" faced a firing squad. Written by Canal 13

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Biography | Crime | Drama


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Crazy Credits

Translation of the opening credits:

Cine Experimental Universidad de Chile and Cinematográfica Tercer Mundo present

Nelson Villagra

in a film by Miguel Littin

"About the childhood, path, regeneration and death of Jorge del Carmen Valenzuela Torres,

who also goes by the names José del Carmen Valenzuela Torres, Jorge Sandoval Espinoza, José Jorge Castillo Torres

a.k.a. El Campano, El Trucha, El Canaca, El Chacal de Nahueltoro."

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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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A society's contradiction
9 August 1999 | by OstomedoSee all my reviews

Maybe the best Chilean movie, El Chacal de Nahueltoro lets me thinking about it many years since I saw at first time. This raw picture about Chile shows us a lot of topics: poverty that leds to violence, the system that improve a human being and finally kills him, the death penalty, etc. The images of this movie are impossible to forget. The work of Héctor Ríos (cinematography) and Pedro Chaskel (editing) is superb. The performing of Nelson Villagra is one of the best I've never seen in all movies (chileans and foreigns). Miguel Littin was unable to repeat such a success in his other movies.

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Release Date:

January 1974 (Poland) See more »

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