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The Night of the Pencils (1986)

La noche de los lápices (original title)
This films tells the true story of seven teenagers who agitated for reduced student bus fares under two different regimes in Argentina, with tragic results. At first succeeding under the ... See full summary »


Héctor Olivera


Daniel Kon (screenplay), Héctor Olivera (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alejo García Pintos Alejo García Pintos ... Pablo
Vita Escardó Vita Escardó ... Claudia
Pablo Novak Pablo Novak ... Horacio (as Pablo Novarro)
Leonardo Sbaraglia ... Daniel
José María Monje José María Monje ... Panchito (as José Ma. Monje Berbel)
Pablo Machado Pablo Machado ... Claudio
Adriana Salonia Adriana Salonia ... María Clara
David Gerber David Gerber ... Rusito
Marcelo Serre Marcelo Serre ... Corchito
Walter Peña Walter Peña ... Carozo Schunk
Daniel San Joaquín Daniel San Joaquín ... Chirom
Demián Celentano Demián Celentano ... Diamanti
Mariana Cedon Mariana Cedon ... Luisa Pisani (as Mariana Cedrón)
Diego Korol Diego Korol ... Crivelli
Gustavo Tieffenberg Gustavo Tieffenberg ... Delegado asamblea 1 (as Gustavo Tiffemberg)


This films tells the true story of seven teenagers who agitated for reduced student bus fares under two different regimes in Argentina, with tragic results. At first succeeding under the government of Isabel Peron, their protests draw hostile attention from the military regime that overthrows Peron. The ensuing crackdown on student social activists is demonstrated when police break up a school dance wielding swords on horseback. Later, six students are kidnapped in the middle of the night, and the police deceitfully claim ignorance about their whereabouts. Pablo (Alejo Garcia Pintos), a seventh member of the group is later arrested and learns that they have been brutally tortured by authorities. He survives to tell their story, but the six are never found, numbering among the hundreds of students who were kidnapped and are still missing. Written by nitorch

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Intense, but necessary
25 March 2006 | by el_RingoSee all my reviews

I have always known of the existence of this film, but avoided it through many years due to the heartbreaking intense scenes I knew it contained. This year we are remembering in Argentina the thirtieth anniversary of the terrible dictatorship, so the film was shown at my high school and I could see it for the first time. There are not enough words to express how I felt; imagining I could have been one of the victims if I had lived thirty years ago. I am definitely against this dictatorship, and I admire all the kidnapped and disappeared guys' mothers, who continue struggling to find their sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters. But besides this, I think the interesting side of the film is that despite our political positions (as I'd previously said, mine is against this dictatorship) we can be sure that everything that's happened to these students is TERRIBLE. Terrible because they were standing up for their ideas, they were asking for a decrease in the students' bus ticket price. Whatever our political position is, we cannot deny the fact that everyone has their right to be judged as a human being. The very talented actors let us see, feel and listen how badly, unfairly and terribly those students were taken away from their homes and relatives; tortured to insanity, rapped and killed with no mercy on 1976. I recommend this film to everyone who would like to know what happened. The film only shows one episode of the whole horrible dictatorship. There were about 30.000 disappeared people between those years, not only students but also Jewish people, artists, politicians, journalists... and many more. La Noche De Los Lápices retells one of the -if not the most- horrible and terrible episode during the dictatorship. As an Argentinean I can tell you all that this film touched my heart and made me cry so hard I could hardly watch it through the tears at times. In spite of the pain the film may provoke, it is a "must" for all those people who ever had a dream, an ideal, a wish. Knowing, by listening to my parents, by reading books and by watching this film, the atrocities occurred that night and every night and every day during the dictatorship make my heart jump and my vocal chords shout as loud as I can: "NEVERMORE". Thank you for reading.

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4 September 1986 (Argentina) See more »

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