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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)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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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




Chile | Mexico



Release Date:

January 1974 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Jackal of Nahueltoro See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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."

The long title is separated into a short series of title cards. After that, the cast and crew are listed in a normal way. See more »


References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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A Powerful Memory
26 January 2007 | by pives-1See all my reviews

This movie has haunted me for over 30 years--since the one and only time I have seen it. The images that I recall were black & white in a straightforward documentary style, but much stronger than most due to its unflinching eye. The camera watches a grindingly poor Chilean "indio" meet a destitute widow and her several small children who have been evicted from their hut and cast into the street. Later, in a drunken rage at his own inability--and what seems to be his recognition that they will come to nothing better--he brutally murders them (the title is from a tabloid headline, I think). While awaiting execution he is cleaned-up, learns to read, and begins to have an inkling of consciousness of the world beyond. And that is the supremely powerful and heartbreaking irony: he has become the opposite of "The Jackal of Nahueltoro"--a good citizen.

I almost never run into anyone who has ever seen or even heard of this film, but in its own small way, it is a masterpiece.

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