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El crack (1981)

Private detective Germán Areta gets a terminally ill client who wishes to see his long lost, runaway daughter before he dies. But when Areta starts looking into case, it leads him to the ... See full summary »

Director:

José Luis Garci

Writers:

José Luis Garci (as J.L. Garci), Horacio Valcárcel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfredo Landa ... Germán Areta
María Casanova María Casanova ... Carmen
Manuel Tejada Manuel Tejada ... Don Alberto 'El Guapo'
Miguel Rellán ... Cárdenas 'El Moro'
Manuel Lorenzo Manuel Lorenzo ... Rocky
Raúl Fraire ... Francisco Medina
José Bódalo ... Don Ricardo
Francisco Vidal ... Nico
Maite Blasco ... Merche
José Manuel Cervino ... Vareta
Mayrata O'Wisiedo Mayrata O'Wisiedo ... Mimí de Torres (as Mairata O'Wisiedo)
José Luis Merino José Luis Merino ... Meri
Ramón Lillo Ramón Lillo ... Jugador de mus
Pablo Hoyos Pablo Hoyos ... Camarero (as Pablo Hoyo)
Antonio del Río Antonio del Río ... Atracador
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Storyline

Private detective Germán Areta gets a terminally ill client who wishes to see his long lost, runaway daughter before he dies. But when Areta starts looking into case, it leads him to the dark underbelly of Madrid where he finds that he is not only one looking for the girl. Someone else is also interested in her, someone powerful and dangerous who will stop at nothing to prevent Areta from discovering the truth.. Written by curtherzstark

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

1 April 1981 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

El Crack - Tödliche Rache See more »

Filming Locations:

Gran Via, 32, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

All the action takes place in December 1980. See more »

Goofs

Germán straps a bomb to Albertos's stomach with bandages, to force him cooperate. Alberto then travels from Madrid to New York City in a commercial flight and, once in New York, the bomb is still hidden with him. Airport security at Madrid airport would have found the bomb when Alberto accessed the terminal, unless Alberto managed to trick, blackmail or bribe them somehow. See more »

Quotes

Don Ricardo: [after a long friendly chit-chat to avoid getting to the point] ... So that's all my diet now, vegetables and boiled fish... shit, do you know what happened in my last urine test?
Germán Areta: [Evidently annoyed] No... the Press didn't say a word about it.
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Connections

References A Man Called Autumn Flower (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Mercie Cherie
Written by Udo Jurgens
Performed by Jesús Gluck (piano), José Oliver (flute) and Fernando López (guitar)
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Well done
6 January 2008 | by bicgus1See all my reviews

I saw this one back in 1981 and it's commercial title was "Diente por Diente" which means a teeth for a teeth. I remember I was quite impressed for the suspenseful quality of his flick. Years later, by the turn of the century, I made a list of several films I had seen in the past and that where in some way outstanding, and of course, "El Crack" was one of them... but it wasn't available anywhere (I was near at one place who had had it but the tape had gone into pieces). Again, many years later, -26 exactly since its original release- I finally find it, and start watching it with very different eyes: those that 26 years add to your life experience. At first, the first 1/2 hour, the film looks somewhat vulgar and filled with apparently unnecessary details of the main character, but then it starts to raise and raise (which is a unique quality of good films), with very good and unexpected twists. All in all, this is a very good movie and in case you have it at hand, don't miss it. I also found "El Crack 2", a kind of sequel made 2 years later, which I had never seen before. It's not so good as the first part, but it's good and worth watching also. I gave the first part an 8 and the sequel a 7.


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