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Biography of bullfighter "Carlos Arruza" who tragically died in a car wreck in 1966.


Budd Boetticher


Budd Boetticher, Ken W. Purdy (narration written in association with)




Credited cast:
Efrén Adame Efrén Adame ... Self
Ricardo Aguilar Ricardo Aguilar ... Self
Pepe Alameda Pepe Alameda ... Self
Manolo Amador Manolo Amador ... Self
Jorge Aquilar Jorge Aquilar ... Self
Carlos Arruza Carlos Arruza ... Self
Manuel Arruza Manuel Arruza ... Self
Maria del Carmen Arruza Maria del Carmen Arruza ... Self
Mary Carmen Arruza Mary Carmen Arruza ... Self (as Mari Carmen Arruza)
Félix Briones Félix Briones ... Self
Luis Briones Luis Briones ... Self
Manuel Capetillo Manuel Capetillo ... Self
Javier Cerrillo Javier Cerrillo ... Self
Sara de Flores Sara de Flores ... Self
Antonio del Olivar Antonio del Olivar ... Self
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When Robert and Rosemarie Stack (Robert starred in Boetticher's "The Bullfighter and the Lady") visit Mary and Budd Boetticher to attend the Boettichers' showing of their exquisite ... See full summary »

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Carlos Arruza Jr., Budd Boetticher, Mary Chelde


Biography of bullfighter "Carlos Arruza" who tragically died in a car wreck in 1966.

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He Was Number One - THE BEST...And He Died That Way!



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Director Budd Boetticher began shooting this film in 1959. Production delays, financial troubles and other problems resulted in the film not being released until 1972, six years after Carlos Arruza, the subject of the film, had died. See more »


Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

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Regarding the Masterful Matador and Rejeanador Carlos Arruza
6 September 2008 | by daguilarx2See all my reviews

This movie talks of a man, who was masterful in not one but two discipline of bullfighting as matador and rejoneador(The art of bullfighting on horseback). Carlos Arruza was the best Mexican matador, whose only rival and best friend was Manolete, who was tragically killed by a Miura bull named Islero. In this movie , it talks about the journey of a man from a superior matador to a successful bull breeder and top-rated rejoneador. Yes, they could have done more about him, however, the film shows him as his best, and that is in the bullring. He is one of few in this profession, who was able to accomplish this feat and in of all places, Mexico(whose people are one of the strongest critics, other than the Spanish and Portuguese, who know this profession very well and can be unforgiving to poor performing matador). To appreciate the film, one has to look closely the smoothness and great confidence, which Carlos Arruza show as he performs with his deadly bovine partner. The film work was excellent and one will never find a film of this caliber. Arruza's documentary and biography is a true work of art, and gives the viewer, an deep inside look into the art of bullfighting and rejoneador. For aficionados, this is one to have in your collection, because I own a VHS tape of this film, which I found at second hand store. You will not be disappointed in the film and the great man, which this film talks about. This master brought the profession of bullfighting to a new level, and never will anybody see again such a high caliber of a matador, who is "el numero uno": Carlos Arruza.

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