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La ciudad y los perros (1985)

Unrated | | Drama | 18 June 1985 (Peru)
Four angry cadets have formed an inner circle in an attempt to beat the system and ward off the boredom and stifling confinement of the military academy, set off a chain of events that ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pablo Serra Pablo Serra ... The Poet / El Poeta, cadete Alberto Fernández
Gustavo Bueno Gustavo Bueno ... Lt. Gamboa / Teniente Gamboa
Luis Álvarez Luis Álvarez ... El Coronel
Juan Manuel Ochoa Juan Manuel Ochoa ... The Jaguar / El Jaguar
Eduardo Adrianzén Eduardo Adrianzén ... The Slave / El Esclavo
Liliana Navarro Liliana Navarro ... Teresa
Miguel Iza Miguel Iza ... Arrospide
Aristóteles Picho Aristóteles Picho ... The Snake / Boa
Toño Vega Toño Vega ... El Rulos (as Antonio Vega)
Isabel Duval Isabel Duval ... Teresa's aunt
Ricardo Mejía Ricardo Mejía
David Meléndez David Meléndez ... Serrano Cava
Jean Cotos Jean Cotos ... Sargento
Pablo Briche Pablo Briche ... Vallano
Guillermo Injoque Guillermo Injoque


Four angry cadets have formed an inner circle in an attempt to beat the system and ward off the boredom and stifling confinement of the military academy, set off a chain of events that starts with a theft and leads to murder. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

18 June 1985 (Peru) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cidade e os Cães See more »

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Inca Films S.A. See more »
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1.85 : 1
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The film was shot in a nearby een jail, the building were very alike. See more »


When Cadet Alberto Fernández ("The Poet") is giving evidence to the Colonel, a boom mic is visible twice. See more »


Lt. Gamboa: Why are you staring at me cadet? You want my picture on my bare ass or what?
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A Brilliant Study in Peruvian (& World) Masculinity
9 May 2006 | by lapetrovSee all my reviews

While I agree with many of the comments already made in terms of the low-to-medium quality of this film's production, its incredible story more than makes up for it.

I used this film in a course I taught twice on Masculinity in Latin American Literature -instead of reading the novel the movie adapts, because it allowed me to include more texts in less time. If you can, read the book, but beware: Vargas Llosa's are usually 500+ page novels.

The story ends up being a virtual textbook on male homosocial structures and systems. It spoke loud and clear to all my students on the key issues at play in relationships of power amongst males. All the guys could relate to the pressures of conformity the movie represents. But male and female alike saw the dichotomies and subtleties present in the strange ways in which young men socialize and force each other to fit into orthodox male culture, or else. Though the context is a bit extreme, a military academy is certainly a more restricted and anxiety-producing environment than the average school, it outlines all the roles and behaviors imposed upon young men by the culture at large -a male-oriented and dominated society.

Despite its limitations as a film, the story stands strong and true. Unfortunately, it remains contemporary in many ways. Not one student felt it was irrelevant; instead they found interesting the metaphoric use of "dog" to signify the barbaric qualities of the military/male systems represented. "Dog" is a cultural signifier they hear in popular US music a-plenty and its use in the film added a new dimension to their understanding of its meaning.

Vargas Llosa's semi-autobiographical tale of male isolation and survival is poignant and deep. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in themes related to the life of boys.

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