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The Official Story (1985)

La historia oficial (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 8 November 1985 (USA)
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After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.

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Luis Puenzo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Héctor Alterio ... Roberto
Norma Aleandro ... Alicia
Chunchuna Villafañe ... Ana
Hugo Arana ... Enrique
Guillermo Battaglia ... Jose
Chela Ruíz ... Sara
Patricio Contreras ... Benitez
María Luisa Robledo ... Nata
Aníbal Morixe Aníbal Morixe ... Miller
Jorge Petraglia Jorge Petraglia ... Macci
Analia Castro Analia Castro ... Gaby
Daniel Lago Daniel Lago ... Dante
Augusto Larreta Augusto Larreta ... General
Laura Palmucci Laura Palmucci ... Rosa
Leal Rey Leal Rey ... Cura
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Storyline

Alicia Marnet de Ibáñez is a high school history professor and a well-to-do housewife in Buenos Aires, circa 1983, after the fall of the "junta militar" that had taken over the government since 1976. She has a husband, Roberto, who is a succesful lawyer and a five-year-old adopted daughter. Written by Miguel Cane

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Our Moving Story See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Argentina

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

8 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Official Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Argentina See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,426, 10 November 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$29,426, 10 November 1985
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The filming began in 1983, the same year that the military dictatorship ended in Argentina. The filming was cancelled due to the threats received by the director, actors and particularly to Analia Castro's family. It was announced that filming was cancelled, but production continued in secret until 1985. See more »

Quotes

Alicia: Dolores is lucky to have such a devoted friend as you.
Gaby: What does "divided" mean?
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Alternate Versions

The 2015 restoration is extended by 2 minutes due to the inclusion of restoration credits at the beginning and end of the film. The opening restoration credits play over the opening scenes in Alicia's classroom. During the restoration end credits, the background goes black and the instrumental version of 'El país de nomeacuerdo' is looped. See more »

Connections

Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

El pais del nome acuerdo
Written by María Elena Walsh
Sung by Analia Castro
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powerful
19 November 2003 | by ian2005See all my reviews

This Piece was powerful and thought provoking. It was also perhaps the most depressing film I have ever seen in my life. The tragic story leaves the viewer with a somewhat empty feeling, which is appropriate. The sad fact is that thousands of families in Argentina fell the emptiness that this film induces every single day of their lives. Hector Alterio spectacularly portrays the jaded and evil Roberto, who works with the corrupt ruling military junta. One truly grasps a sense of the insecurities and weakness behind such bullies.

This movie is a wakeup call for anyone who believes that apathy is okay. The truth is that the tragedies in Argentina in the 1970's were partly allowed to occur because of the ignorance and apathy of both people within Argentina and in the outside world. Hopefully, by watching this film, people will resolve to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again.

La Hitoria Oficial is a spectacular film to learn about a subject which receives little or no attention in the US. However, be warned: it is one of the most tragic films you may ever see in your life. You will leave the film both saddened and angered that nothing was done to prevent these horrible crimes.


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