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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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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

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

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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Featured in The Basque Ball: Skin Against Stone (2003) 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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