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A Matter of Honour (1988)

Técnicas de duelo: Una cuestión de honor (original title)
The teacher and the butcher of a small town in the tropical Andes, are both in love with the same woman (Miriam). They decide to duel for her. Everyone in town catch the notice, except of ... See full summary »


Sergio Cabrera


Humberto Dorado
6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Frank Ramírez ... Teacher Albarracín
Humberto Dorado Humberto Dorado ... Butcher Oquendo
Florina Lemaitre Florina Lemaitre ... Miriam
Vicky Hernández Vicky Hernández ... Encarnación
Kepa Amuchastegui Kepa Amuchastegui ... Carpenter
Ángelo Javier Lozano Ángelo Javier Lozano ... Oquendo child
Edgardo Román Edgardo Román ... Sergeant
Manuel Pachón Manuel Pachón ... Mayor Saravia
Luis Chiape Luis Chiape ... Secretary
Antonio Aparicio Antonio Aparicio ... Officer Alegría
Fausto Cabrera Fausto Cabrera ... Father Troncoso
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Humberto Arango Humberto Arango ... Blind man
Alicia De Rojas Alicia De Rojas ... Mother
Yolanda García Yolanda García
Elio Mesa Elio Mesa ... Photographer


The teacher and the butcher of a small town in the tropical Andes, are both in love with the same woman (Miriam). They decide to duel for her. Everyone in town catch the notice, except of course for Miriam. The Mayor then decides to manipulate the event to make it political. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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honor | military | machismo | See All (3) »






Colombia | Cuba



Release Date:

3 June 1988 (Colombia) See more »

Also Known As:

Duelling Techniques See more »

Filming Locations:

Barichara, Santander, Colombia

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The negatives of "Técnicas de duelo" were thought to be lost for about a year, until they were found stored in a deposit of the José Martí International Airport, in Havana, where it was thought to be lost cargo. See more »


Remade as Águilas no cazan moscas (1994) See more »

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sharp and funny satire of machismo
10 November 2001 | by Verbal-17See all my reviews

The action takes place in a small town in the Andes, as news spreads across town that the mild-mannered local schoolteacher and the local butcher are going to have a duel this afternoon. The filmmakers use this event as a weapon with which to skewer Latin machismo and the strict, old-fashioned code of honor by which these people live. It is never made clear why they are duelling or who challenged who, and neither man wants to fight the duel, but they both feel obligated because it's "a question of honor." As the morning progresses, both men go about trying to put their affairs in order in case they die, sometimes hilariously (the schoolteacher gets stuck at City Hall all morning, trying to pay debts on his own future death, thanks to red tape). There are some other nice potshots at the hipocrisy of the Catholic Church (the local priest offers the butcher more salvation the more money he is given, and roots for the schoolteacher to be killed because he is an atheist) and the local political system (the mayor, rather than stopping the duel, takes bets on it). All in all, this is a very funny and meaningful film, that anyone would enjoy. Try not to have a smile on your face as the duel plays itself out.

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