1 user 1 critic

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 »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A lot of people live in an abandoned house; after many years of quiet living, the owner of the house wants them out. They try whatever they can to avoid being evicted, without success. But ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Cabrera
Stars: Fausto Cabrera, Frank Ramírez, Delfina Guido
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Out from prison in Ceuta, Abdul is going to buy a steamship in order to reach his friends, Maqroll and the fair Ilona, and to start back, in a sort of sentimental triangle, the adventurous ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Cabrera
Stars: Margarita Rosa de Francisco, Imanol Arias, Pastora Vega
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An army cadet returns to his home village in order to find out what had happened years ago between his father and the schoolmaster.

Director: Sergio Cabrera
Stars: Frank Ramírez, Humberto Dorado, Florina Lemaitre
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In Colombia, from the second half of the nineteenth century, two political parties; The traditional liberal and conservative ¸ fought a series of civil wars for almost one hundred years of ... See full summary »

Director: Francisco Norden
Stars: Frank Ramírez, Isabela Corona, Victor Hugo Morant
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two men meet in downtown Bogotá; one is missing a leg, the other is a "silletero," a man who carries people around for money. Each character bears the burden of a bitter past life.

Director: Ciro Guerra
Stars: Lowin Allende, César Badillo, Julián Díaz
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A Colombian man's obsession with an international soccer match between his country and Argentina makes him commit the worst decisions of his life.

Director: Jorge Echeverry
Stars: Enrique Carriazo, Robinson Díaz, Sandra Reyes
Pecados capitales (TV Series 2002)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Evaristo Salinas is a successful businessman in his old age but knows he will die and decides to build a game between his family to see who is worthy of his inheritance. Each member of the Salinas family will be a cardinal sin.

Stars: Frank Ramírez, Patricia Castañeda, Chela Del Rio
Gente de bien (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Eric, 10, finds himself almost overnight living with Gabriel, his father, who he barely knows. The man has trouble keeping their heads above water and building a relationship with his son. ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Lolli
Stars: Brayan Santamarià, Carlos Fernando Pérez, Alejandra Borrero
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A musician travels a great distance to return an instrument to his elderly teacher.

Director: Ciro Guerra
Stars: Marciano Martínez, Yull Núñez, Agustin Nieves
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Camila Loboguerrero
Stars: Diego Alvarez, Carmenza Gómez, Judy Henríquez
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

This is a dark comedy that takes place in an urban jungle, where each has to ensure its own survival. No one is bad, but all acting for his own benefit and without measure if their actions ... See full summary »

Director: Felipe Aljure
Stars: Álvaro Rodríguez, Jennifer Steffens, Robinson Díaz


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Sergio Cabrera's feature film debut. See more »


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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed