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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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Gillo Pontecorvo
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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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Storyline

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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Drama | Thriller

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gillo Pontecorvo's last feature film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Luque: Incredible! God, it seems incredible to me! Just reach out a hand and I could touch him.
Iker: I still can't believe he goes every day.
Luque: And with just one bodyguard.
Izarra: Relax. Just one in the car with him. But, we don't know if there are more in church, before he arrives. It's the first thing to find out. Nothing is certain.
Xavi: Except it's possible to kill him. But to get him amid all the people...
Izarra: Don't start now. No discussion of alternatives. Now we have to work with method, patience and precision. From ...
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Connections

Edited into Salvador (Puig Antich) (2006) See more »

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A great movie
11 March 2005 | by bsincSee all my reviews

A Basque student I am living with right now explained a rough background behind the story of this movie and it made the experience of seeing it a whole lot more enjoying. I was astonished at the quality this movie had, the acting, directing, pacing, all impeccable and on a very impressive level. The story itself is simple, but the movie's tag line should be enough an explanation-an explosion that changed the history of Spain. The finale had me on the edge of my seat and the way the director chose to show certain time lapses was also very wise because the ending of the story, which indeed Was relevant to the movie's story, doesn't leave a bitter taste.

I highly recommend this movie, but before seeing it just find some rough info about this fascinating true story, it'll make the experience a whole lot more satisfying. 9/10


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