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Bandera negra (1986)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfredo Landa ... Patxi
Imanol Arias ... Esteban
Virginia Mataix ... Begoña
Carlos Lucena Carlos Lucena ... Don Javier
José Manuel Gorospe José Manuel Gorospe ... (as Jose Manuel Gorospe)
Juan Jesús Valverde Juan Jesús Valverde ... Cordomi (as Juan Jesus Valverde)
Alito Rodgers Alito Rodgers
Luis Hostalot Luis Hostalot ... Roque
Ramón Barea ... Andoni (as Ramon Barea)
Raquel Rodrigo
Iñaki Santolaya Iñaki Santolaya
Eskarne Aroma Eskarne Aroma
Carlos Silva Carlos Silva
Patxi Ugalde Patxi Ugalde
Carlos Sánchez Carlos Sánchez ... (as Carlos Sanchez)


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11 September 1986 (Spain) See more »

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Solid thriller that failed at boxoffice , it includes suspense , intrigue, twists and turns
20 October 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This intriguing film deals with Begoña , Virginia Mataix , a waiter working at a lush restaurant in the Basque Country , in Vizcaya . There meets the powerful shipowner Javier Uriarte , Carlos Lucena, and she asks him for her father a job as captain . As his father named Patxi, Alfredo Landa , is a depressing official who is hired as a captain aboard a merchant ship called Urkia.Later on, Begoña meets Esteban, Imanol Arias , who is the tough boss of a gang operating by the river and docks, carrying out robbing and assaults . And things go wrong when he falls in love for Begoña /Virginia. Shortly after , Esteban is contracted as the boat machinist to transport a suspect cargo.As Patxi and Esteban embark on the boat , destination : an unknown African country . But the voyage results to be harder than they had thought .

This is a thriller with surprising happenings , twists and turns . It blends loving elements , politics , corruption, betrayal , and ambition , but being carried in coldness , and slowless. This is a dramatic thriller that keeps you interested and expecting , including a love story , voodoo dances , venomous dolls , gunrunners , and many other things . The main premise results to be a risked journery transporting weapons smuggling and things go wrong when the motley crew are discovered and imprisoned , it winds up into a vengeful denouement . Main cast is pretty fine , Alfredo Landa gives a splendid acting , as always , as the upsetting captain who is really affected after death his wife . Virginia Mataix delivers a passable interpretation playing the unfortunate waiter who fall distressly for a delinquent .And Imanol Arias as the thief turned machinist who finds redemption thanks to Begoña . Furthermore , it contains a frankly good supprt cast such as : Carlos Lucena , Ramon Barea , Luis Hostalot , Juan Jesús Valverde , and the veteran actreess from the early talkies called Raquel Rodrigo .

Evocative cinematography the prestigious Carlos Suarez, director Gonzalo Suarez's brother, and his regular cameraman . Filmed on location in Getxo, Guetaria , Trapaga , and Bilbao , Vizcaya and Malabo ,Luba , Guinea Ecuatorial .Atmospheric but sad musical score by the classic composer Carmelo Bernaola . The motion picture was well but uneven realized by Pedro Olea. The film achieved nominee to best production direction to prestigious and prolific designer Ramiro Gómez . As the Basque director Pedro Ólea was born in Bilbao where he often makes his films . He is one of the most gripping Spanish filmmakers , being an expert director . He began directing Días de viejo color and he went on a personal work about a Wolfman titled Bosque Del Lobo . He subsequently made a trilogy about Madrid produced by José Frade as Tormento , Pim Pam Pum Fuego, La Corea . One of his greatest hits was A Man Called Flor Otoño with José Sacristan . Later on , he made this Bandera Negra about gun running and a military thriller full of killings titled Morirás en Chafarinas. Shortly after , he realized Más Allá Del Jardín starred by Concha Velasco . And special mention for Fencing Master or El Maestro de Esgrima based on a novel by Arturo Pérez Reverte and it is considered to be his most succesful movie.His last films were Tiempo de Tormenta and the TV movie La Conspiración .

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