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Rojo amanecer (original title)
A Claustrophobic experience which involves a Mexican middle class family into the atrocities made by wild and heartless army forces whose main objective seems to be students who do not permit the 1968's Olimpic games' to develop normally.

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Jorge Fons
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Héctor Bonilla ... Humberto
María Rojo ... Alicia
Jorge Fegán Jorge Fegán ... Don Roque
Ademar Arau Ademar Arau ... Carlos
Demián Bichir ... Jorge (as Demian Bichir)
Bruno Bichir ... Sergio
Marta Aura ... Neighbor woman
Eduardo Palomo Eduardo Palomo ... Injured Boy
Carlos Cardán Carlos Cardán ... Second lieutenant
Leonor Bonilla Leonor Bonilla ... Girl
Paloma Robles Paloma Robles ... Graciela
Simón Guevara Simón Guevara ... Boy 1
Sergio Sánchez Sergio Sánchez ... Boy 2
Roberto Sosa ... Soldier
Santiago Allende Santiago Allende ... Student 1
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Storyline

Mexico City, October 2, 1968. Ten days before the Olympic Games a small student revolt turns into major political turmoil. A demonstration in Tlatelolco, the largest housing complex in the city, becomes an extremely tense situation. A typical middle-class Mexican family is tragically involved in the events, when the protest is brutally put down by the army and hundreds of people are killed in the square in front of their apartment building. Written by Maximiliano Maza <mmaza@campus.mty.itesm.mx>

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

18 October 1990 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Bengalas en el cielo See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Before the military attack we see a clock with the word "Quartz" on its face. In Mexico, electronic clocks were not in common use until the 1970s. See more »

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DVD version adds 15 minutes of footage to the theatrical version. very violent scenes for the time See more »

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A tragedy that changed the freedom of speech in México, perfectly shown in this movie.
15 December 2003 | by insomniac_rodSee all my reviews

ROJO AMANECER shows perfectly the situation that blackened the lives of hundreds of Mexicans back in 1968. People who watch the movie should understand the truth about the events and then watch the movie to get the director's point of view. Even if you think that the events happened in another way you should still watch this film.

The killings in La Plaza de Las 3 culturas is the most terrible and violent event in Mexican contemporary story. This film showed what really happened in a crude and realistic way. The story is well crafted, the character development is great, and the explaination of how the events ocurred was perfectly narrated through the dramatic plot.

The direction is excelent as it's a dramatic film based on real events, instead of a documentary the dramatic plot fit perfect. The acting couldn't have been better. Consolidated and talented actors like Héctor Bonilla, Maria Rojo, Eduardo Palomo, and Demián Bichir, give the best performances in the film. The score is crude but effective, works perfect with the tension of the film. The cinematography gave a documentary feel, still it worked great.

ROJO AMANECER is without a doubt, one of the best Mexican films of all time. Not only for being a great produced film, it's a film that has the intention to show how things really happened, and sadly, nowadays the events shown in the movie are the pure reflection of a decadent Mexican society.

Excelent film, recommended for everyone. ACTING 10 DIRECTION 10 SCORE 9 FUN FACTOR 10

9/10


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