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 ...
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Private detective Germán Areta is investigating the life of a man who has apparently abandoned another man. When they both turn up dead, it seems one killed the other before committing ... See full summary »
José Luis Garci
Galindo works in a bank. One day he convinces the other employees in the bank to plan a hold-up in the bank they are working. They prepare everything carefully. However, real robbers come ... See full summary »
José María Forqué
José Luis López Vázquez,
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
In the opening scene (the robbery at the bar-restaurant), the main criminal's nickname is "Baretta". This is derived from real-life TV series "Baretta", which ran on ABC from 1975-1978, and in Spain at the time of the film action (1979-1980). TV shows were quite popular back then because there were only 2 TV channels. See more »
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 »
[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?
No... the Press didn't say a word about it.
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I know very little about Spanish cinema and even less so about Spanish thrillers, action films etc. So I was very curious about this film, that according to some sources on the internet would something extraordinary.
However, I was very disappointed, this film tries very hard to be a film noir/neo noir from Spain but offers very little to the viewer. There are lot of clichés in this film that makes other, more recent Spanish productions in the same genre more appealing.
The story about a private detective looking for a missing girl is standard within this genre, or the sleuth genre but would have hoped that screenwriter or the director would have tried to create at least some tension or plotwist that would surprise the viewer.
But not so here, here we get same story/clichés stuffed down our throats again. Areta is former police officer, a bit of loner, he is a good man surrounded by bad people in a corrupt world.
This and the fact that the script is flawed, contains loopholes, makes me wonder if I have seen a very heavily edited film and that an uncut version is out there somewhere?
One positive thing about this film is Alfredo Landas powerful performance in the main lead. I only wish he had a better script to work with.
Technically the film is lacking, almost bland in it's cinematography, looking like a cheaply made TV production from the 80's.
Future viewers should watch this film because of its position as an obscure film that has gained very little attention here on IMDb. Just don't expect too much.
Viewers should rather watch La caja 507 (2002), El Lobo (2004) if they want to see better crime thrillers from Spain.
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