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Barbaric Years (1998)

Los años bárbaros (original title)
Two students are arrested for painting revolutionary graffiti on the university walls. They escape from the camp and flee with two American girls, disguised as rich young men who are ... See full summary »

Director:

Fernando Colomo

Writers:

Carlos López, José Ángel Esteban (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordi Mollà ... Tomás (as Jordi Mollá)
Ernesto Alterio ... Jaime
Hedy Burress ... Kathy
Allison Smith ... Susan
Juan Echanove ... Víctor Marquina
Josep Maria Pou ... Roa (as José Mª Pou)
Samuel Le Bihan ... Michel
Álex Angulo ... Máximo
Pepón Nieto ... Velasco
Ana Rayo Ana Rayo ... Gloria
Pepo Oliva ... Requena
Mario Vedoya Mario Vedoya ... Matías
Juli Mira Juli Mira ... Virgilio
Chema Mazo Chema Mazo ... Herrero
Mónica Cano Mónica Cano ... Mujer del Herrero
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Two students are arrested for painting revolutionary graffiti on the university walls. They escape from the camp and flee with two American girls, disguised as rich young men who are showing Spain to two tourists. Written by Oscar Esteban <oesteban@openbank.es>

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Stunning political drama, with deft touches of humour
2 January 2002 | by philip-ctSee all my reviews

This film is one of the best political dramas I have seen - totally engrossing story about two students who are imprisoned for 'mischief making' and standing up against Franco's regime.

The men are imprisoned, but are later rescued by an underground resistance movement. It is this that puts Anos barbaros in a class of its own. The relationships that emerge both before, during and after the imprisonment make for compelling viewing.

There are a number of very good moments - the Canadian and American girls who help the Spanish lads, an over the top, flamboyant musical producer add to the humour and tension.

We are not allowed to forget about the brutality evident in Spain at the time - there are moments akin to Fred Zinneman's Julia towards the end of the film.

The film makes its point well, but the overall feeling isn't one of intense heaviness: the humour of characters and situations, the relationships between the characters and the telling differences between Spanish and American make this a film WELL worth seeing.

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11 September 1998 (Spain) See more »

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