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Two young schoolboys in a Mexican town cut class to go to a matinee. The boys get involved with a gang of thieves and get caught up in the fun, but once the gang leaves, loyalties shift, leaving the two boys in conflicting positions.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Héctor Bonilla ... Aquiles
Manuel Ojeda ... Francisco
Rodolfo Chávez Martínez Rodolfo Chávez Martínez ... Aaron
Armando Martín Armando Martín ... Jorge (as Armando Martin Martinez)
Narciso Busquets ... Don Pablo
Marilú Elízaga Marilú Elízaga ... Doña Herlinda
Farnesio de Bernal ... Adolfo
César Bono ... Virgilio
Ernesto Bañuelos Ernesto Bañuelos ... Rolando (as Ernesto Banuelos)
Evangelina Martínez Evangelina Martínez ... Doña Carmen, mamá de Aaron
Gaby Sosa Gaby Sosa ... Carmelita, hermana de Aaron (as niña Gaby Sosa)
Magnolia Rivas Magnolia Rivas ... Ana Rosa
Marco Antonio del Prado Marco Antonio del Prado ... Agente policia
Emma Roldán ... Dueña Muebles
Fernando Pinkus Fernando Pinkus ... Chofer de Camión
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Two young schoolboys in a Mexican town cut class to go to a matinee. The boys get involved with a gang of thieves and get caught up in the fun, but once the gang leaves, loyalties shift, leaving the two boys in conflicting positions.

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

8 September 1977 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Asalto en la basílica See more »

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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Unromantic, Coming-of-Age Thriller!
22 May 2009 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Matinée (1977) starts its audience off in a cleverly misleading, deliberately low-key manner, but soon sets up a noirish situation for two young boys that cleverly utilizes many believable twists and surprises to build towards both the expected high voltage climax (which itself has one really amazingly credible moment when it seems the vicious, hard-luck gangster has been caught by an alert detective) and a most unexpected, yet natural and character-consistent fade-out. The acting of both the young stars (and in fact, the whole cast, with a special pat on the back for Farnesio de Bernal) is commendably realistic. Writer/director Jaime Humberto Hermosillo never puts a foot wrong either in his vividly powerful, cleverly characterized screenplay or his consistently astute direction with its eye-opening use of real Mexican locations.


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