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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 »

Director:

Arturo Ripstein
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1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Fernando Luján ... El coronel
Marisa Paredes ... Lola
Salma Hayek ... Julia
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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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Connections

Referenced in Una familia de diez: TV por cable (2007) See more »

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Ripstein a match for Marquez's genius
7 February 2002 | by arnis12See all my reviews

What is it about Marquez that his films have failed to capture the beauty, magic and wonder of his stories? It seems like the guy writes a script out of everything, even his laundry list. Of course the best thing he's ever written will probably never make it to the screen(One hundred years of Solitude). The only other film that's noteworthy was The Summer of Ms. Forbes. Until now. It was about time that a great auteur took a crack at a Marquez Story and Ripstein is the genius to do it.(Tiempo De Morir was okay, but he was 21 when he made it and not yet a great film maker. Ripstein has crafted a wonderful, moving, luscious story out of "No one writes to the Colonel", a story that I questioned could be made into an engaging film. (Here we go again, a town where nothing happens, it's always hot and time moves painfully slow) Of course it doesn't mean the film has to bore you to death, and Ripstein captures the elements mentioned above and still makes it compelling and captures the immense sadness and social injustice in the story. The music is compelling as well by the American composer Mansfield, of Heaven's Gate.


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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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