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El coronel no tiene quien le escriba (1999)

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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Cast

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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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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Official Sites:

Fox (Mexico)

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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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Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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A Beautiful Masterpiece of the Mexican Cinema
14 September 2006 | by gonzo931See all my reviews

As many people know, Mexican cinema was very poor after the so-called Golden Age of the Mexican Cinema, fortunately, during the late 90's, and early 21st century, great movies like La Ley de Herodes, Bajo California, Amores Perros, Y Tu Mamá También and, of course, El Coronel No Tiene Quien le Escriba, appeared. El Coronel..., is a wonderful movie, that retells the classic story by Gabriel García Márquez, by eliminating the magic realism elements, and replacing them with the crude reality lived in Mexico, not only by people like the Colonel, who wait for their pensions, but by more than the half of the Mexican population, who live in complete poverty. The film's characters, satirically represent classic characters found in Mexican society, such as the nationalist Colonel, the cold and even ambitious priest, the hypocrite, but at the same time loyal compadre, the tolerant and patient wife, the hidden homosexual, etc. This movie, is a must-see if you want to know more about Mexican society, and specially, if you want to watch a gorgeous movie, by one of Mexico's finest directors


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