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The Dancer Upstairs ()


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A police detective in a South American country is dedicated to hunting down a revolutionary guerilla leader.

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Agustín Rejas
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Sucre
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Yolanda
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Llosa
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Sylvina Rejas
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Merino
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Calderón
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Clorindo
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Ezequiel / Durán
Marie-Anne Berganza ...
Laura
Lucas Rodríguez ...
Gómez
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Pascual
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Marina
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Santiago
Ramiro Jiménez ...
Sergeant Pisac
Montserrat Astudillo ...
Woman in Pick-up - Edith Pusanga
Galo Urbina ...
Indian 1 in Pick-up
Jairon Flores ...
Indian 2 in Pick-up
Chuen Lam ...
Major Kwan
José Antonio Izaguirre ...
Quesada
Isabel Prinz ...
Quesada's Wife
Ignacio Carreño ...
Quesada's Bodyguard
Benjamas Boonnak ...
Chinese Ambassadress
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Admiral Prado
Veronica Noboa ...
Model (as Verónica Noboa)
Luis Gaspar ...
Judge
Steve Emerson ...
TV Producer
Carlos Carrillo ...
TV Technician
Eusebio Lázaro ...
Father Ramon
Paulina Aguilar ...
Shanty Girl
Esteban Salazar ...
Shanty Policeman
German Nuñez ...
Manager (as German Núñez)
Pachacutic Chugchilan ...
Bomb Boy
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Soldier 1 in Rejas' Office
Diego Naranjo ...
Captain Montesinos
Montserrat Iglesias ...
Student / Voice of Radio Announcer
Celina Casari ...
Maria
Maribel Rivera ...
Patricia
Ignacio Durán ...
Theatre Manager
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Woman in Theatre
Ana Lozano ...
Vera
Lola Peno ...
Nurse
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Army Colonel
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Boy with a Poster
Raquel Rocha ...
Woman in Convertible
Alexis Rodrigues ...
Man in Convertible
Daniel Aguilar ...
CocaCola Cap
Yousaf Bokhari ...
Radio Announcer (voice)
Natalia Tarnawiecki ...
Radio Announcer (voice)
Carlos Thiebaut ...
Radio Announcer (voice)
Nuevo Repertorio ...
Theatre Group
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vivian Agüero ...
Student (uncredited)
Nur Al Levi ...
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Terrorista (uncredited)
Olga Dias ...
Woman in Café Esplanade (uncredited)
Ricardo Lopes ...
Journalist (uncredited)
Joana Loureiro ...
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Abimael Guzman (uncredited)
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Actress (uncredited)
Devon Walker ...
Ballet Dancer Prodigy (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Malkovich

Written by

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Nicholas Shakespeare ... (novel)
 
Nicholas Shakespeare ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Yousaf Bokhari ... line producer
Andrés Vicente Gómez ... producer
Lianne Halfon ... executive producer
Nadine Luque ... associate producer
John Malkovich ... producer
Russell Smith ... executive producer (as Russ Smith)

Music by

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Alberto Iglesias

Cinematography by

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José Luis Alcaine ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Mario Battistel

Editorial Department

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Irene Blecua ... assistant editor: Eduador
Patricia Bonet ... post-production assistant: Eduador
Elsa Fernández ... second assistant editor: Ecuador
Ascen Marchena ... assistant editor: Ecuador
Nino Martínez Sosa ... second assistant editor: Ecuador
Simon Njoo ... assistant editor: Ecuador
Dimas Ortiz ... second assistant editor: Ecuador
Mapa Pastor ... assistant editor: Ecuador (as Cristina Pastor)
Aitor Tapia ... second assistant editor: Ecuador
Nicholas Wentworth ... executive in charge of post-production

Casting By

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Katrina Bayonas
Camilla-Valentine Isola

Production Design by

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Pierre-François Limbosch ... (as Pierre-François Limbosh)

Art Direction by

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Pierre-François Limbosch ... (uncredited)

Set Decoration by

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Laura Musso

Costume Design by

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Bina Daigeler

Makeup Department

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Lucy Da Silva ... assistant makeup artist: Ecuador
Manolo García ... hair stylist
Ana Lozano ... makeup designer
Mariló Osuna ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Adélaide Empis ... production manager: Portugal (as Adelaide Empis)
Josean Gómez ... production supervisor: Ecuador
Guiselle Jaramillo ... unit manager: Ecuador
Rui Louro ... production supervisor: Portugal
Ana Parra ... unit manager: Madrid
Iñaki Ros ... production manager: Madrid
Pocho Álvarez ... production manager: Ecuador
Frida Torresblanco ... production supervisor (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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João Cayatte ... assistant director: Portugal (as Joao Cayatte)
Diego Falconi ... third assistant director: Ecuador
César Fernandes ... third assistant director: Portugal (as Cesar Fernandes)
Daniela Forn ... second assistant director
David Martínez ... first assistant director
Rita Rubio ... third assistant director: Madrid

Art Department

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José Avilés ... prop buyer: Ecuador
José Carracedo ... stand-by props (as Jota Carracedo)
Susanna Fernàndez ... art department assistant: Madrid (as Susana Fernández)
Carlos Ferrer ... construction manager
Roberto Frisone ... art director: Ecuador
Fernando Garcia ... construction manager: Ecuador
Juan Manuel Garcia ... props assistant: Madrid
Serafín González ... stagehand
Pablo Iturralde ... stand-by props: Ecuador
Fernando Jiménez ... construction manager: Ecuador
Javier López ... propman: Madrid (as Fco. Javier López)
Marcelo Mejia ... propsman: Ecuador
Laura Musso ... set dresser: Madrid
Victor Rodríguez ... graphic designer: Madrid
María Lourdes Rosero ... assistant art director: Ecuador (as Mª Lourdes Rosero)
Nuria Sanjuan ... art director: Madrid
José M. Serrano ... prop buyer: Madrid (as José Mariano Serrano)

Sound Department

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Paolo Amici ... sound effects editor: Ecuador
Antonio Bloch ... production sound
Italo Cameracanna ... foley artist: Ecuador
Jordi Casugas ... adr recordist: Ecuador
Fernando Cuesta ... cable person: Ecuador
Bela María da Costa ... sound editor (as Bela Da Costa)
Marco De Gregori ... digital sound: pro-tools (as Marco De Gregory)
Enzo Diliberto ... foley artist: Ecuador (as Enzo Di Liberto)
Sara Fijo ... boom operator
Ángel Gallardo ... adr recordist: Ecuador
Arturo García Martín ... adr editor: Ecuador (as Arturo García)
Carlos Garrido ... sound re-recordist
Diego Garrido ... sound re-recordist: Ecuador
Antonello Giorgiucci ... adr recordist: Ecuador
Ezio Marcorin ... sound effects editor: Ecuador
Marco Marinelli ... sound effects editor: Ecuador
Massimo Marinelli ... sound effects editor: Ecuador
Daniele Quadroli ... sound effects editor: Ecuador
David Quadroli ... sound effects editor
Ricardo Viñas ... consultant: Dolby
Roberto Cappannelli ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Jaume Puig ... sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)
Ken Teaney ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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César Abades ... special effects technician
Reyes Abades ... special effects
César Bustamante ... special effects assistant: Ecuador
Juan Antonio Gómez ... special effects technician
Alfonso López ... special effects assistant: Ecuador
Juan Serrano ... special effects technician: Reyes Abades SFX (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Jorge Calvo ... digital effects: Mad Pix Company
Pilar Cienfuegos ... 3D artist: Mad Pix Company
Isaac de la Pompa ... 3D artist: Mad Pix Company (as Isaac De La Pompa)
Juancho Fernández ... Inferno compositor: Mad Pix Company
Ramón Guzmán ... Inferno compositor: Mad Pix Company
Juan Ramón Herrero ... Inferno compositor: Mad Pix Company
Ezequiel Larrú ... Inferno compositor: Mad Pix Company
Rubén Villoria ... 3D artist: Mad Pix Company
José Miguel Zapata ... 3D artist: Mad Pix Company

Stunts

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David Andrade ... stunts: Ecuador
Mónica Consuegra ... stunt artist: Madrid
Miguel García ... stunt artist: Madrid
José María López ... stunt artist: Madrid (as José Mª López)
Ángel Plana ... stunt coordinator: Madrid
Manolo Torres ... stunt artist: Madrid
Sergio del Val ... stunt artist: Madrid (as Sergio Del Val)
Jorge Huergo ... stunts (uncredited)
Diego Álvarez ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Juan Aragonés ... clapper loader: "b" camera, Portugal
José Luis Arcos ... electrician: Portugal (as José Arcos)
Paola Ardizzoni ... still photographer
Jaime Avellaneda ... grip: Ecuador
Iñigo Bach ... electrician: Madrid / grip: Madrid
Joaquín Barrero ... camera operator: making-of
Luis Chalacán ... electrician: Ecuador
Cristobal Corral ... still photographer: Ecuador
Rodrigo Cueva ... grip: Ecuador
Luis Miguel Daza ... key grip
Jon Elicegi ... video operator
Juan C. Faidutti ... electrician: Ecuador
Elías Fernández ... electrician: Madrid
Alfredo González ... electrician: Madrid
Augusto Gómes ... electrician: Portugal
Luis Herrera ... video operator: Ecuador
Aarón López ... clapper loader: "a" camera (as Aaron López)
Emiliano Merino ... gaffer
Javier Merino ... electrician: Portugal
Miguel Molina ... electrician: Ecuador
Juan C. Moreto ... electrician: Ecuador
Luis Muñoz ... electrician: Portugal
Tote Navalón ... focus puller: "b" camera
Ana María Ormaza ... camera loader: "b" camera, Ecuador
Fernando Paredes ... electrician: Ecuador
Félix Pascual ... electrician: Madrid
Jimy Pazmiño ... grip: Ecuador (as Jimmy Pazmiño)
Rui Poças ... camera operator: "b" camera
Jako Raybaut ... camera operator: "a" camera (as Jacques Raybaut)
Alfredo Salazar ... video operator: Ecuador
Joao Filipe Santos ... electrician: Portugal
Fernando Silva ... electrician: Portugal
Nicolai Soria ... grip: Ecuador
Goyo Sánchez ... focus puller: "a" camera
Marcelo Vallejo ... grip: Ecuador

Animation Department

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Miguel A.S. Cogolludo ... animator: Kandor Graphics
Javier Fernandez ... animator: Kandor Graphics
O. Jiménez ... animator: Kandor Graphics
Daniel Marcos Perujo ... animator: Kandor Graphics (as D. Marcos)
Jose Luis Navarro ... animator: Kandor Graphics (as J.L. Navarro)
Raul Perez ... animator: Kandor Graphics (as R. Pérez)
José Rozúa ... animator: Kandor Graphics (as J.L. Rozúa)
Manuel Sicilia ... animator: Kandor Graphics (as M. Sicilia)
Oscar J. Vargas ... character designer

Casting Department

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Tiago Mesquita ... extras casting
Galo Urbina ... extras casting assistant: Ecuador
Jorge Vivanco ... extras casting: Ecuador

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jeremy Capilla ... wardrobe assistant: Ecuador
Raquel del Val ... wardrobe assistant (as Raquel Del Val)
Lily Flor ... wardrobe assistant: Ecuador
Ana López ... costumer
Rosa López ... seamstress: Madrid (as Rosa Mª López)
Silvia Meireles ... wardrobe assistant
Ana Salazar ... wardrobe assistant: Ecuador

Location Management

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Roberto Aguirre ... location manager / location manager: Ecuador
José Pichel ... location manager: Portugal

Music Department

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Pedro Alcalde ... conductor
Kolja Blacher ... musician: violin
Javier Casado Sudupe ... musician: piano
José Luis Crespo ... music editor / music score engineer
Clarissa Farrán ... score copyist
Raquel Fernández ... assistant music scoring engineer
Juanjo Guillén ... musician: percussion
Christian Gómez ... music coordinator: Ecuador
Wolfgang Hoff ... music studio manager: SFB - Berlin
Sonia Lozano ... music production assistant
Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid ... performed by
Ekkehard Stoffregen ... music studio manager: SFB - Berlin
Dominik Wollenweber ... musician: English horn

Script and Continuity Department

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Domingo González ... continuity

Transportation Department

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Antonio Fernández ... generator driver: Madrid
Juan Carlos Fuentes ... caravan driver: Madrid (as J. Carlos Fuentes)
Julián Hernández ... wardrobe truck driver: Madrid
Miguel Ángel López ... electric truck driver: Madrid
Javier Montero ... driver
Bernardino Villanueva ... driver: camera van, Madrid

Additional Crew

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Rita Almada ... production assistant: Portugal
Maria Carmen Arellano ... production runner: Ecuador (as Mª Carmen Arellano)
Juan C. Barahona ... production assistant: Ecuador
Sonia Barral ... production assistant
Jackie Bazan ... publicist
Olga Blázquez ... production secretary
Sandino Burbano ... floor runner: Ecuador
Alberto Calderón ... coach: Quechua
Paco G. Campoy ... director: making-of
Carlos G. Castro ... assistant: making-of
Ion Collar ... production assistant: Madrid
Conceição Costa Cabral ... production secretary: Portugal
Ana Paula Cruz ... production assistant: Portugal
Victor Domingos ... military advisor: Portugal
Steve Emerson ... dialogue coach
Ana Escribano ... contact liaison / production assistant
José Manuel Fernández ... accountant
Daniel Ferreira ... production runner: Portugal
Belén Goñi ... assistant accountant (as Bélen Goñi)
Javier Gómez ... production assistant: Madrid
Mary Jamison ... adr dialogue coach: Ecuador
Lucila Lema ... coach: Quechua, Ecuador
Roberto Mancino ... production runner: Ecuador
Fernanda Marreiros ... cashier: Portugal
Margarita McDermott ... production coordinator (as Margarita Mcdermott)
Tito Molina ... floor runner: Ecuador
Goyo Montero ... choreographer
Víctor Mínguez ... production assistant: Madrid (as Victor Minguez)
Nuno Oliveira'Konadu' ... production runner/driver
Renato Ortega ... production coordinator: Ecuador
Verónica Parada ... production secretary: Ecuador
André Principe ... production runner: Portugal
Mauricio Samaniego ... floor runner: Ecuador
Fernando Silva ... production runner: Portugal
Jay Simon ... adr dialogue
Eva Sklar ... publicist
Diogo Soveral ... production runner: Portugal
Miguel Stocker ... production assistant: Portugal
Valerie Vaca ... production assistant: Ecuador
César Vallejo ... cashier: Ecuador
Cristina Velasco ... matchback assistant: Ecuador
Filipe Verde ... production assistant: Portugal
James Ordonez ... production liaison: Ecuador (uncredited)
José Ramón Zabaleta ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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D. Luis Alfredo Muñoz ... thanks: Head of Customs - Quito
Fernando Méndez-Leite ... thanks (as D. Fernando Méndez Leite)
Michèle Ray-Gavras ... grateful acknowledgment: "State of Diege" by Costa Gavras
Cristina Rota ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

The story of Detective Agustin Rejas, a man clinging to the hope of an impossible love in an impossible world. Tracking Ezequiel, a delusional anarchist who incites the downtrodden masses to join in his brutal revolution against the fascist government in their unnamed Latin American country, Rejas finds solace in his sense of self-respect and the joy that his daughter and wife bring him. Then he meets Yolanda--his daughter's soulfully beautiful ballet teacher--a woman who sparks his long-forgotten passions and represents all that is good and all that is corrupt in their troubled country. But she, who appears to be a shelter from the storm, may in actuality be the storm's eye. Ultimately, as the revolution intensifies and the net closes around hunter and hunted alike, the dancer's truth will prove as elusive as the revolutionary's cause and the detective's peace. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines An honest man caught in a world of intrigue, power and passion. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Pasos de baile (Spain)
  • Dancer Upstairs (France)
  • Der Obrist und die Tänzerin (Germany)
  • O horeftis tou epano orofou (Greece)
  • Sendero de sangre (Mexico)
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Runtime
  • 132 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend Spain EUR100,224, 22 Sep 2002

Did You Know?

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Trivia The story is inspired by the Maoist insurgency in Peru known as the Shining Path. Its leader Abimael Guzmán, who was known by the nom de guerre President Gonzalo, was captured in an apartment above a ballet studio in the capital city of Lima in 1992. The ballet teacher Yolanda was based on Maritza Garrido Lecca, the woman in whose apartment Guzmán was found. Bardem's character was inspired by Benedicto Jimenez and Gen. Antonio Ketin Vidal, the leading figures responsible for Guzmán's capture. See more »
Goofs When Sucre & Llosa arrest the young woman in orange, she has been handcuffed to the ceiling of the car. But then en route, soldiers simply drag her out of the backseat. No handcuff keys. No bolt cutters. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Revealing 'the Dancer Upstairs' (2003). See more »
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Crazy Credits The producers would like to thank ... the residents of Narcisos Street ... See more »
Quotes Agustín Rejas: I'd like to have a list of staff with access to the President's chambers.
Calderón: Luckily there are only two of them. The first is named 'Fuck', the second is named 'Off'.
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