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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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During the final months of Argentinian Military Dictatorship in 1983, 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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 24 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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

This film won the Oscar in March 24, 1986. Coincidentally, Norma Aleandro, and then-MPAA president Jack Valenti, co-presented the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the ceremony. Both were visibly elated when the film was announced as the winner. Ten years prior, in March 24, 1976, began the military dictatorship -also knows as "The Dirty War" in Argentina, which lasted until 1983, a fact acknowledged by director Luis Puenzo, when he accepted the award. See more »

Quotes

Ana: [to Roberto] Gaby is wonderful. She says I'm the "divided" friend.
Alicia: [laughing] She can't pronounce devoted. She loves the word and uses it constantly.
Roberto: Will you be staying?
Ana: I don't know yet.
Roberto: You're looking good. I never saw you in a skirt before. Europe was good for you, wasn't it? It seems to have polished up your edges.
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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

Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

El pais del nome acuerdo
Written by María Elena Walsh
Sung by Analia Castro
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Haunting
16 April 2002 | by GregPerrySee all my reviews

Its hard to convey just how moving this movie is. Its absolutely haunting, I thought about this flick for days afterwards. I don't think it represents the experiences of many Argentines during the era of the juntas, but it clearly shows how awful those times were and why Argentines never want to return to that situation again.


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