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The Roosters of Dawn (1971)

Los gallos de la madrugada (original title)


Cast overview:
Concha Velasco ... Lola García (as Conchita Velasco)
Fernando Fernán Gómez ... Afilador (as Fernando Fernan-Gomez)
Alfredo Mayo ... Padre de Paco
Tony Isbert ... Paco
José María Escuer José María Escuer ... Cabo de la Guardia Civil (as Jose Mª Escuer)
Manuel Díaz González ... Juez (as Manuel Diaz Gonzalez)
Juan Antonio Elices Juan Antonio Elices
Adrián Ortega Adrián Ortega ... Conductor de autobús (as Adrian Ortega)
Enrique Vivó Enrique Vivó ... Médico (as Enrique Vivo)
Pilar Gómez Ferrer Pilar Gómez Ferrer ... Ramona (as Pilar Gomez Ferrer)
Rafael Hernández ... Contrabandista (as Rafael Hernandez)
Charles Stalmaker Charles Stalmaker ... (as Charles Stalnaker)
José Sazatornil ... Manolo (as Jose Sazatornil 'Saza')
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Acceptable drama with criminal intrigue including decent interpretations from Concha Velasco and Fernando Fernán Gómez
21 December 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

After the military service a young called Paco (Tony Isbert) returns his far village of fishers in Almeria . There meets his widower father , a fisher and mechanic old man (Alfredo Mayo) . Nowadays , he lives with a feisty , sympathetic prostitute , Lola Garcia (Concha Velasco) , who usually flirts with the boy and the villagers . Then , there appears an ¨Afilador¨ (Fernando Fernán Gómez) , who stands on a nearly beach and Lola befriends him . But the young Paco and the beatiful girl don't get along and both of whom start a discussion . Morning after , on the beach shows up the deceased corpse of Lola . Who is the killer ?

Entertaining and engaging film narrated by various flashbacks while the sergeant of Guardia Civil : José Maria Escuer , and a Judge : Manuel Diaz Gonzalez interrogate three suspicious people : Tony Isbert , Fernando Fernán Gómez and Alfredo Mayo . Filmmaker José Luis Sanez De Heredia directs this decent seaside melodrama crammed with murder mystery in which the killer results to be the most improbable person . The cast is frankly excellent . Conchita Velasco delivers an enjoyable performance as the foul-mouthed , seductive as well as shameless whore . Fernando Fernán Gómez is perfect as the resorceful and likeable drifter . Support cast is pretty good , as José Maria Escuer , Manuel Diaz and special mention for the always great José Sazatornil , ¨Saza¨ . This is an acceptable comedy/drama with intrigue criminal , based on an original screenplay by prolific and prestigious writer Carlos Blanco . Colorful and shining cinematography by Vicente Minaya , assisted by Teo Escamilla . Shot on location in Cabo De Gata , Negras Rodalquivir , Almeria . Atmospheric musical score by the classy composer Ernesto Halfter , including lively songs at the beginning and the end .

The motion was well directed by Jose Luis Saenz De Heredia giving an adequate film with a little intrigue , ironic touches and supported on a slick description of peculiar characters . He was a controversial figure in Spain because of his strong and unabashed support of dictator Francisco Franco . At the beginning his career he was hired by Luis Buñuel , as executive producer , to direct ¨La Hija De Juan Simon¨ (1935) and ¨Quien Me Quiere a Mi¨ . During the Spanish Civil War , Jose Luis Heredia is detained but freed thanks to Luis Buñuel and Santiago Ontañon . Heredia directed various ¨Propaganda films¨ . It is well known the main title ¨Raza¨ written by General Francisco Franco under pseudonym : ¨Jaime Andrade¨ . As Jose Luis became the official filmmaker of the dictatorship , as he writes ¨Escuadrilla¨ (1941) . Posteriorly ,in the 40s , he directs several successful dramas : ¨El Escandalo¨ (43) based on Pedro Alarcón novel , ¨Mariona Rebull¨(1947) based on Ignacio Agusti book , ¨La Aguas Bajan Negras¨ based on Armanado Palacio Valdes , ¨El Destino Se Disculpa¨ based on Wenceslao Fernández Florez , ¨Don Juan¨ based on Don Juan Tenorio by Zorrilla , ¨Bambu¨ about the Cuba War and ¨¨Mies Es Mucha¨. In addition , a very good drama about Carlistas wars : ¨Diez Fusiles Esperan¨ . Heredia subsequently makes inferior comedies as ¨Grano De Mostaza¨, ¨Derechos De La Mujer¨ and ¨La Decente¨ . And various Manolo Escobar/Concha Velasco vehicles such as ¨Pero En Que País Vivimos¨, ¨Juicio De Faldas¨, Relaciones Casi Publicas ¨and ¨Me Debes Un Muerto¨. And other films for Paco Martínez Soria: ¨Se Armo El Belen¨, ¨Don Erre Que Erre¨. His greatest hits were ¨Historia De La Radio¨(1955) and ¨La Verbena De La Paloma¨ or ¨The fair of the dove¨.

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25 November 1971 (Spain) See more »

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