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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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

Xavi: How many deaths in total?
Izarra: Just Carrero's bodyguard.
Xavi: You sure we can't save that poor guy?
Izarra: What do you mean?
Xavi: I mean, it'll be a massacre, we we'll have to shoot like madmen. A lot of people will die, including the innocent, including ourselves. And ETA will be politically destroyed by this massacre. And forget about freeing the 150 comrades.
Izarra: Listen to me, Xavi. Two things. If you're trying to argue about the kidnapping, then you're wasting time because we've voted. Or maybe... you some criticism...
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Dark political thriller
17 February 2012 | by CurtHerzstarkSee all my reviews

This film is based on real life events that took place during 70's under Francos fascist regime in Spain.

Just like Gillo Pontecorvos previous film La battaglia di Algeri/The Battle of Algiers (1966) this film has very realistic, semi documentary feel, look about this depiction of terrorism acted out by group of members in the basque terrorist network ETA.

Even though Gillo Pontecorvo was a marxist this film does not only portray the fascist dictatorship but also contains subtle criticism against ETA and its struggle.

While being a very low key film, it packs very emotional, punch without becoming too obvious.

So viewers that liked O Que É Isso, Companheiro?/Four Days in September (1997), L'armée des ombres/ Army of Shadows(1969), Popiól i diament/Ashes and Diamonds (1958), Kanal/Canal (1957)etc should definitely check this film out.


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