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No One Writes to the Colonel (1999)

El coronel no tiene quien le escriba (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 2 June 1999 (France)
Every Friday, the Colonel puts on his only suit and goes to the dock to await a letter announcing the arrival of his pension. But the townsfolk all know that this pension will never come. ... See full summary »

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Arturo Ripstein
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Credited cast:
Fernando Luján ... El coronel
Marisa Paredes ... Lola
Salma Hayek ... Julia
Rafael Inclán Rafael Inclán ... Padre Ángel
Ernesto Yáñez Ernesto Yáñez ... Don Sabas
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Nogales
Esteban Soberanes Esteban Soberanes ... Germán
Patricia Reyes Spíndola ... Jacinta
Odiseo Bichir ... Dr. Pardo
Julián Pastor Julián Pastor ... Lugones
Eugenio Lobo Eugenio Lobo ... Álvaro
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Enrique Castillo Enrique Castillo
Jorge Castillo Jorge Castillo ... El cartero
Juana Garza Juana Garza
Mercedes Gironella Mercedes Gironella
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Storyline

Every Friday, the Colonel puts on his only suit and goes to the dock to await a letter announcing the arrival of his pension. But the townsfolk all know that this pension will never come. His wife also knows it, and even he knows it. But he is still waiting, living with the pain of the death of his son. Written by Miguel Ángel Díaz González

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Basada en la novela de Gabriel García Márquez.

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Fox (Mexico)

Country:

Mexico | France | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

2 June 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Az ezredes úrnak nincs, aki írjon See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Do not start exploring the García Márquez world with this one
2 September 2014 | by bhaaseh-1See all my reviews

If you have never read any of the author's books and wanted a taste of them before reading any and what you did was to watch this movie, you probably will stop one fourth or so into the movie wondering what the hell? Should you wish to discourage someone from ever reading any of the books, show them this film. Admittedly it would be a challenge to put the Buendías on the screen -and it would be amusing to see it done with Hollywood megabucks- but it would have juice and entice curiosity -this one doesn't. This movie can only be appreciated and liked -not enjoyed- after becoming familiar with the author's wider work. There's a movie version of a story by García Márquez (Yo solo vine a hablar por teléfono)with a memorable nurse Ratched on steroids in it, María de mi corazón, which I'd say you can start with. Then you can try this one.


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