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Captain Pantoja and the Special Services (1999)

Pantaleón y las visitadoras (original title)
The Peruvian army captain Pantaleon Pantoja, a very serious and efficient officer, is chosen by his superiors to set up a special service of 'visitors' to satisfy the sexual needs of the ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Salvador del Solar ... Pantaleón Pantoja
Angie Cepeda ... Colombiana
Mónica Sánchez Mónica Sánchez ... Pochita
Pilar Bardem ... Chuchupe
Gianfranco Brero Gianfranco Brero ... General Collazos
Gustavo Bueno Gustavo Bueno ... Coronel López
Carlos Kaniowsky ... Padre Beltrán
Sergio Galliani Sergio Galliani ... Teniente Bacacorzo
Tatiana Astengo Tatiana Astengo ... Pechuga
Pold Gastello Pold Gastello ... Chupito
Carlos Tuccio Carlos Tuccio ... General Scavino
Aristóteles Picho Aristóteles Picho ... El Sinchi
César Bravo César Bravo ... Palomino Ríoalto
Basilio Soraluz Basilio Soraluz ... Sinforoso Caihuas
Norka Ramírez Norka Ramírez ... Vanessa


The Peruvian army captain Pantaleon Pantoja, a very serious and efficient officer, is chosen by his superiors to set up a special service of 'visitors' to satisfy the sexual needs of the soldiers posted on remote jungle outposts. At first unhappy about this assignment, he nonetheless puts his remarkable organizational skills in action and in a short time has his 'unit' running smoothly. In the home front things get complicated though; his wife dislikes his long hours and the secrecy surrounding his work, and he, despite being a dedicated husband, feels tempted by one of his "subordinates". Written by Marcelo R. <marcelo_fpr@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »



Peru | Spain



Release Date:

27 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Pantoja and the Special Services See more »

Filming Locations:

Iquitos, Peru

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Hilarious Beginning, But Later, Has Its Shortcomings!
31 July 2016 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

.......................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA...and ORLANDO, FL

VISITADORAS stirred up a hornets' nest when it was released in Colombia in 2000. Based on the Novel by world-renowned Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa; which, in turn, was inspired by TRUE EVENTS explained in Wikipedia: "Vargas Llosa's motivation to write the novel came from actually witnessing prostitutes being hired by the Peruvian Army and brought in to serve soldiers in the jungle."(So much for one reviewers opening comment: "The very premise of the movie is absurd!" It's Through the Looking Glass in S.A., amigo! BTW-Look up the origin of HOOKER)

Obviously, Vargas Llosa's primary intent was to expose the hypocrisy rampant in Peruvian society and culture, specifically, but also in Hispanic culture, in general. As to how faithful the movie is to the novel...Sorry, didn't read it! VISITADORAS exhibits both very strong pluses and some major minuses. The most hysterical opening 45 minutes in a Spanish-language film I've witnessed in YEARS! Salvador del Solar's award-winning interpretation of an Everything-by-the-book -military-officer's Officer is the key to this hilarity.

As the film DRAGS on...this routine bestows something of a one-trick-pony aspect to the overall production. Luckily, There's a seismic shift in this dynamic 15-20 minutes before end credits. Perfect time to mention that said credits come after 2:15 of VISITADORAS! 15/20 minutes sorely needed to be left on the cutting room floor.

Angie Cepeda was a bit of a disappointment. That angelic-looking-pouting- little-lost-girl/hooker routine may be VIAGRA for most men, but just doesn't muster with me. There's a strong dose of nudity and sex in VISITADORAS, and both were crucial to the film's cohesion and believability. They flat out didn't work. My theory: Looking over their filmography, it appears these were the FIRST scenes with a strong sexual content for BOTH stars, and it shows.


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