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

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Gillo Pontecorvo
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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, Francisco 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 Luis 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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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

Policeman #1 (on radio): K-18, K-18 here. We're heading towards Claudio Coello. Seems there's been an explosion.
Policeman #2 (on radio): J-15 here. Something's odd on Juan Bravo Velasquez, a big traffic jam.
Policeman #1 (on radio): Okay, okay.
Policeman #2 (on radio): Copy that.
Policeman #1 (on radio): H-20 for K-18. What happened on Claudio Coello? Claudio Coello is the route for the President. Give me news quickly. Over.
Policeman #2 (on radio): K-14 here, K-14. We're on Claudio Coello. There was a gas explosion, a big one. It lifted up the street. There's lots of destroyed cars. K-18's arriving. Over.
Policeman #1 (on radio): H-20 here. K-18, go to the Jesuit Church...
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Featured in The Basque Ball: Skin Against Stone (2003) See more »

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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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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

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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