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Hell Without Limits (1978)

El lugar sin límites (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 28 April 1978 (Mexico)
Family honor, greed, machismo, homophobia, and the dreams of whores collide in a Mexican town. Rich, elderly Don Alejo is poised to sell the town for a profit, needing only to buy a ... See full summary »

Director:

Arturo Ripstein

Writers:

José Donoso (novel), José Donoso (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucha Villa ... La Japonesa
Ana Martín ... Japonesita
Gonzalo Vega ... Pancho
Julián Pastor Julián Pastor ... Octavio
Carmen Salinas ... Lucy
Fernando Soler ... Don Alejo
Emma Roldán ... Ludovinia
Blanca Torres Blanca Torres ... Blanca
Marta Aura ... Emma, hermana de Octavio
Agustín Silva Agustín Silva ... Reynaldo
Socorro de la Campa Socorro de la Campa
Francisco Llopis Francisco Llopis ... (as Paco Llopis)
Hortensia Santoveña Hortensia Santoveña ... Clotilde
Nery Ruiz Nery Ruiz
Tere Olmedo Tere Olmedo ... Lila
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Storyline

Family honor, greed, machismo, homophobia, and the dreams of whores collide in a Mexican town. Rich, elderly Don Alejo is poised to sell the town for a profit, needing only to buy a whorehouse to own all the buildings and close the deal. It's owned by a man and his daughter: Manuelita is gay, aging, afraid; he cross-dresses and entertains as a flamenco dancer; he wants to sell and leave. His daughter wants to stay. The return of Pancho complicates things: he's a hothead Alejo tries to control and he scared Manuelita the year before. Things come to a head as Pancho breaks Alejo's hold on him, then flirts and dances with Manuelita and finds himself at risk of being called a "maricón." Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

28 April 1978 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell Without Limits See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Conacite Dos See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Referenced in El infierno (2010) See more »

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Son de la Loma
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An Unusual Film
26 April 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Family honor, greed, machismo, homophobia, and the dreams of whores collide in a Mexican town. Rich, elderly Don Alejo is poised to sell the town for a profit, needing only to buy a whorehouse to own all the buildings and close the deal.

The themes of this film are quite interesting, and in someways ahead of their time. We have a very blunt look at homosexuality in 1978, and based on a book from 1966. And, in a way, it is something of a multi-cultural film because the author, José Donoso, wrote the book in Chile but was later a resident of Mexico, Spain and Iowa -- his personal papers are in the University of Iowa archives.

I am not sure if a good edition exists. The one I saw was a bit rough, and this is the sort of film that could really use a new audience and some love from Criterion.


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