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As 1973 winds down, Franco is still governing Spain with an iron hand. Opposition parties are forbidden; labor movements are repressed; and Basque nationalists are mercilessly hunted down. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gian Maria Volontè ... Izarra
Ángela Molina ... Amaiur
Saverio Marconi Saverio Marconi ... Luque
José Sacristán ... Iker
Eusebio Poncela ... Txabi
Féodor Atkine ... José María Uriarte (alias Yoseba) (as Feodor Atkin)
Georges Staquet Georges Staquet ... El Albañil
Nicole Garcia ... Karmele
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As 1973 winds down, Franco is still governing Spain with an iron hand. Opposition parties are forbidden; labor movements are repressed; and Basque nationalists are mercilessly hunted down. The caudillo is aging, though, and the continuity of the régime is in question. One man has the trust of Franco, enough authority and experience to assume the leadership, and an impeccable track record as to dealing with enemies of the State: admiral Carrero Blanco. For the embattled clandestine Basque organization ETA, Carrero Blanco must be brought down. Daring plans are made, requiring a meticulous execution... Written by Eduardo Casais <casaise@acm.org>

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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

28 September 1979 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation Ogre See more »

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Dolby

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Italian, Spanish and French actors all spoke in their own language, then were dubbed into the same language for each country. See more »

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Carrero Blanco was killed in 1973. Despite of that, in the scene when one of the main characters looks at the Real Madrid supporters bus and crosses the street, we can see a "Vote UCD" campaign poster in a traffic light. The UCD was founded in 1977, the year of the first democratic elections. See more »

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El Albañil: I don't like doing things unless I know what they're for. I don't trust, on principle.
Xavi: What are you afraid of? That I'm an agent?
El Albañil: Even if you were, the police know all about me. I've been in and out of jail for years. No, I'm only afraid of getting into something wrong.
Xavi: It can't be wrong if it's against the Franco regime.
El Albañil: That's what you say. This thing you're doing, kidnapping industrialists, planting bombs, some Civil Guard killed. These are pointless actions.
Xavi: What does the good fight mean to...
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Good recreation about the assassination was carried out on 20 December 1973 by the Basque terrorist organization Eta .
16 August 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Operación Ogro ("Operation Ogre") was the name given by ETA to the assassination of Luis Carrero Blanco, the then Prime Minister of Spain in 1973 and the successor of Francisco Franco , the then Spanish dictator . Over five months, a group formed by Izarra (Gian Maria Volontè) , Iker (José Sacristán) , Amaiur (Ángela Molina) , Txabi (Eusebio Poncela) , Luque (Saverio Marconi) dug a tunnel under the street - telling the porter (Estanis Gonzalez) that they were student sculptors to disguise their real purpose . The tunnel was packed with 80 kg of explosives that had been stolen from a Government depot . The blast sent Luis Carrero Blanco (Agapito Romo who bears remarkable resemblance) and his car 20 metres (66 ft) into the air and over a five-storey building . The car crashed to the ground on the opposite side of a Jesuit college, landing on the second-floor balcony .

This is a 1979 Spanish and Italian drama film that contains intense drama , suspense , thrills and political events . All the actors , give portentous interpretations , they form a mix of Spaniards and Italians, spoke Spanish in the dubbed version released in Spain , and in Italian in the dubbed Italian version . The picture packs nice special effects by Emilio Ruiz Del Rio with splendid car blast balancing up and down . In addition , a thrilling and evocative musical score by the great Ennio Morricone . The film won the David Di Donatello (an annual Italian motion picture award) for Best Film .

The motion picture was compellingly written and directed by Gillo Pontecorvo . Being Gillo Pontecorvo's last feature film . Although Gillo made fewer than 20 films, he is regarded as one of Italy's greatest directors . He moved to France in 1938 to escape Italy's fascist racial laws. He eventually returned to Italy and led a Resistance brigade during WWII. After the war, he studied chemistry and worked as a journalist before becoming a film director; he started out making documentaries . Gillo was born into a Jewish family , as he directed ¨Kapo¨ that was one of the first films about the theme of Jewish holocaust and one of the more realistic in its recreation . Gillo subsequently will directed the successful ¨Battle of Argel¨ and ¨Queimada¨ with Marlon Brando .

The film is based on true events, following the eponymous book by Julen Agirre (pseudonym of Eva Forest). These facts are the followings : An ETA commando group using the code name Txikia (after the nom de guerre of ETA activist Eustakio Mendizabal killed by the Guardia Civil in April 1973) rented a basement flat at Calle Claudio Coello 104, Madrid on the route over which Carrero Blanco used to go to Mass at San Francisco de Borja church . On 20 December 1973, a 3-man ETA commando group disguised as electricians detonated the explosives by command wire as Carrero Blanco's Dodge Dart passed. The explosion sent Carrero Blanco and his car 20 metres into the air and over a five-storey building. The car crashed down to the ground on the opposite side of a Jesuit college, landing on the second-floor balcony. Carrero Blanco survived the blast but died shortly afterwards. His bodyguard and driver were killed instantly . The "electricians" shouted to stunned passers-by that there had been a gas explosion, and subsequently escaped in the confusion . Carrero Blanco's death was a key step in the establishment of the terrorist organization , by eliminating Franco's choice of successor . The terrorist organization ETA brutally killed about one thousand people and acting similarly to Sicilian Mafia . The notorious writer Jon Juaristi explains that ETA's goal with this killing was not democratization but a spiral of violence to fully destabilize Spain, heighten Franco's repression against Basque nationalism and put the average Basque citizen in the situation where they would have had to accept the lesser evil in the form of ETA's reaction against Franco's unleashed repression .


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