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Rodrigo D: No futuro (1990)

Rodrigo and his friends are bored teenagers living in Medellin. Rodrigo wants to start a punk band. The youths mainly loaf around the hillside shanty towns and, for kicks, steal a bike or car, or shoot someone.


Víctor Gaviria


Víctor Gaviria
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Credited cast:
Ramiro Meneses Ramiro Meneses ... Rodrigo D
Carlos Mario Restrepo Carlos Mario Restrepo
Jackson Idrian Gallego Jackson Idrian Gallego
Vilma Díaz Vilma Díaz
Óscar Hernández Óscar Hernández
Irene de Galvis Irene de Galvis
Wilson Blandón Wilson Blandón
Leonardo Favio Sánchez Leonardo Favio Sánchez
Johana Hernández Johana Hernández
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Iván Amaya Iván Amaya ... Víctima de robo
Nohemí Arango Nohemí Arango ... Dona Nohemí
Omar Arroyave Omar Arroyave ... Músico Punkero
Dora Cano Dora Cano ... Cuñada
Albeiro Cardona Albeiro Cardona ... Hermano menor
Piedad Castro Piedad Castro ... Metalera


Rodrigo, a poor and troubled teenager in the barrios of Medellin, Colombia, struggles to find hope in a world ravaged by violence and chaos. An aspiring drummer in a punk band, he uses his music to try to drive the despair out of his head. Written by Brett Davis <mitova@earthlink.net>

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Crime | Drama | Music







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11 January 1991 (USA) See more »

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Rodrigo D: No Future See more »

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Film debut of Ramiro Meneses. See more »


During the song credits at the end, the film omits credits for Clash's "Should I Say or Should I go" (played in one sequence) and "Because of You", which is performed by a cast member during the bus scene. See more »

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The film closes with the following statement: This film is dedicated to memory of John Galvis, Jackson Gallego, Leonardo Sánchez and Francisco Marin, actors in this film, who died before the age of 20 in the absurd violence of Medellín. So that at least their images last the normal lifespan of a human being. See more »


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Stunning, visually striking, devastating
13 November 2001 | by Verbal-17See all my reviews

This is a brilliant movie about Rodrigo and his friends, a group of punks who wander the streets of Medellin, getting high, stealing cars, listening to Punk and Heavy Metal music. They're stuck in lives of poverty, with no opportunities and no motivation to try to improve their lives. Their routine is interrupted only when the cops catch up with one of them (which is really an inevitability for all of them, sooner or later), or they get into a fight. Rodrigo dreams of starting a rock band, something that might give his life some meaning (he has no education beyond the 1st grade, has no job, and basically sits around the house all day listening to his family complain about how lazy he is). The movie depicts the world of Rodrigo and his friends with harsh realism, accompanied by striking cinematography, pulsing rock music, and a script with an ear for how these people communicate. While this movie is clearly influenced by "Los Olvidados," it also bears a resemblance to Alex Cox's great "Sid and Nancy" - we are invited to see the world in which these young rebels live, and to understand the ways in which it can destroy them.

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