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The Cuenca Crime (1980)

El crimen de Cuenca (original title)
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El 21 de agosto de 1910, en el pueblo de Osa de la Vega, provincia de Cuenca, desaparece el pastor José María Grimaldos, apodado "El Cepa" quien fue visto por última vez en la carretera que... See full synopsis »

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Pilar Miró (as Pilar Miro)

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Pilar Miró (as Pilar Miro), Juan Antonio Porto (idea) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amparo Soler Leal ... Varona
Héctor Alterio ... Isasa (as Hector Alterio)
Daniel Dicenta Daniel Dicenta ... Gregorio
José Manuel Cervino ... León
Mary Carrillo ... Juana
Francisco Casares Francisco Casares ... Taboada
Eduardo Calvo ... Amo
José Vivó José Vivó ... Don Rufo (as Jose Vivo)
Félix Rotaeta ... Secretario (as Felix Rotaeta)
Guillermo Montesinos ... José María Grimaldos López 'El Cepa'
Pedro del Río Pedro del Río ... Alvarez-Neyra
Mercedes Sampietro ... Alejandra
Nicolás Dueñas Nicolás Dueñas ... Juez primero (as Nicolas Dueñas)
Antonio Canal Antonio Canal ... Labarga
Juan Jesús Valverde Juan Jesús Valverde ... Jáuregui (as Juan Jesus Valverde)
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El 21 de agosto de 1910, en el pueblo de Osa de la Vega, provincia de Cuenca, desaparece el pastor José María Grimaldos, apodado "El Cepa" quien fue visto por última vez en la carretera que une Osa de la Vega con Tresjuncos. La familia de "El Cepa" denuncia la desaparición y en las pesquisas judiciales la madre, Juana, denuncia a sus dos compañeros Gregorio Valero y León Sánchez de matarle para robarle el importe de la venta de unas ovejas. A finales de septiembre el juez municipal de Osa de la Vega remite las diligencias al juzgado de Belmonte que abre el sumario 94/1910. Tras pesquisas y diligencias este juzgado sobresee la causa en septiembre de 1911.

En 1913 llega un nuevo juez a Belmonte, Emilio Isasa Echenique, quien al poco tiempo, influenciado por el cacique local y diputado de derechas Contreras, decide reabrir el sumario. Por orden del nuevo Juez, los acusados son detenidos y torturados por la Guardia Civil, declarándose ellos mismos autores del crimen, aunque nunca aparece ...

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Brutal (in)justice...
13 February 2006 | by rainking_esSee all my reviews

At the beginning of the XX century two men from the Spanish countryside were condemned for a crime they swore they hadn't committed. After endless sessions of torturing they confessed.

Though the most shocking thing about "El Crimen de Cuenca" (The crime of Cuenca) is the surprising ending, the sequences of the torture and of the interrogations are terribly hard. Pilar Miró perfectly portrayed how a scapegoat is made, how you can break anyone's will through the power of intimidation and pain, how to turn a man into something worst than a beast.

The cast gathered some of our best actors together: some from the theater (Dicenta, Mary Carrillo, Cervino), some from the cinema (Héctor Alterio -he's Argentinian, but has developed the most of his career in Spain-, Amparo Soler Leal, Fernando Rey)... this kind of cast would be just unthinkable nowadays.

PD: This movie was so controversial, and Miss Miró had to go through a military trial. The Guardia Civil (a police corps) was shown in a so bad light in "El crimen de Cuenca", dictator Franco had died a few years before the movie was released (in 1975), and the Guardia Civil was one of the most representative forces of his regime.

*My rate: 8/10


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