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Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley (1998)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 13 March 1998 (Spain)
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José Luis Torrente, a former policeman fights against the oriental mafia in Madrid.

Director:

Santiago Segura

Writer:

Santiago Segura
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Santiago Segura ... Torrente
Javier Cámara ... Rafi
Neus Asensi ... Amparito
Chus Lampreave ... Reme
Tony Leblanc ... Padre
Julio Sanjuán Julio Sanjuán ... Malaguita
Jimmy Barnatán ... Toneti (as Jaime Barnatán)
Darío Paso Darío Paso ... Bombilla
Carlos Perea Carlos Perea ... Carlitos
Manuel Manquiña ... El Francés
Espartaco Santoni Espartaco Santoni ... Mendoza
Antonio de la Torre ... Rodrigo
Javier Jurdao Javier Jurdao ... Israel
Carlos Bardem ... Cayetano
César Vea ... Borja
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Storyline

Torrente is a lazy, rude, drunkard, sexist, racist, extreme-right-wing Madrid cop; a despicable character who only cares about himself. He lives in a decrepit slum with his wheelchair-bound father, whom he treats quite badly. One day, a new family of neighbours move in, and the sexy younger daughter, Amparito, catches his eye, so he becomes a friend of Rafi, her nerdy brother, to get closer to her. At the same time, he discovers that a band of drug traffickers are operating in a nearby chinese restaurant; he knows that if he cracks this case, it could make him regain the status he lost within the police department; but the only people he can count on to help him are Rafi and his equally nerdy friends. Written by Pablo Montoya <mmontoyac@nexo.es>

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Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

13 March 1998 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Torrente, the Stupid Arm of the Law See more »

Filming Locations:

Leganés, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Budget:

€1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€800,000 (Spain), 12 March 1998, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Santiago Segura has claimed that the inspiration for this movie was Cobra (1986), that he conceived as a parody of the 80s action movies. In fact, the own title is a spoof of Stallone's movie, since then in Spain Cobra was titled as "Cobra, el brazo fuerte de la ley" (Cobra, the strong arm of the law). See more »

Quotes

[subtitled version]
[first lines]
Torrente: Luisito!
Barman: Torrente! What's it gonna be?
Torrente: The usual.
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Connections

References Wild at Heart (1990) See more »

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Será el amor
Written by Antonio Guijarro and Augusto Algueró
Canciones del Mundo/Warner Chappell Music
Performed by Augusto Algueró y su Orquesta
Courtesy of Polygram Ibérica
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Another masterpiece by Santiago Segura
14 November 1998 | by cambiSee all my reviews

Santiago Segura has crafted a hyperbolical picture of a delirious cop. He is the creator of Torrente, a loser who wants to gain respectability. The movie is plenty of memorable gags and the dialogs are really incredible. It can be disgusting for people who act and think politically correct, because Santiago Segura shows, with cunning humor, the worst of the present society. This is a movie to see with an open mind. Don't take seriously the exaggerated cliches, and enjoy the film!


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