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Herod's Law (1999)

La ley de Herodes (original title)
Mexico, 1949. The fable of a janitor turned Mayor on a little town lost in the Mexican desert, who gradually realizes how far his new acquainted power and corruption can get him.

Director:

Luis Estrada

Writers:

Luis Estrada (screenplay), Luis Estrada (story) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Damián Alcázar ... Juan Vargas
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... López (as Pedro Armendáriz)
Delia Casanova ... Rosa
Juan Carlos Colombo Juan Carlos Colombo ... Ramírez
Alex Cox ... Gringo
Miguel Ángel Fuentes ... Pancho
Noemí García Noemí García ... Secretaria
Guillermo Gil Guillermo Gil ... Cura
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ... Gobernador
Leticia Huijara Leticia Huijara ... Gloria
Luis de Icaza Luis de Icaza ... Alcalde Alfredo García
Eugenia Leñero Eugenia Leñero ... Esposa del nuevo alcalde
Eduardo López Rojas Eduardo López Rojas ... Doctor
Yari Lorenzo Yari Lorenzo ... Esmeralda
Pedro Lorza Pedro Lorza ... Cadáver
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Storyline

After the corrupt former Mayor is killed by the peasants, poor janitor Juan Vargas is appointed new Mayor of a desert town in central Mexico. Although he tries to bring the motto of the ruling party to town (modernity, peace and progress) he realizes soon that there's nothing to do against corruption... except to become corrupt. Step by step, helped by his pistol, Juan Vargas becomes the law and the worst Major in the town's history. Written by Maximiliano Maza <mmaza@campus.mty.itesm.mx>

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

18 February 2000 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Herod's Law See more »

Filming Locations:

Zapotitlán, Puebla, Mexico See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first Mexican film that showed the name of the official Party (Partido revolucionario Institucional, or P.R.I.). In past times, filmmakers had to change the name of the party to avoid the censorship. See more »

Quotes

Juan Vargas: No me hables en inglés hijo de la chingada; ahora si, pinche gringo, se acabó la deuda externa!
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References Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) See more »

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The "bite"
23 November 2004 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Juan Vargas, the hero of "La Ley de Herodes" learns quickly his role as mayor of the forgotten town where the ruling PRI party has chosen him to preside. The town and its people stand as a Mexican metaphor for what's wrong in the country, as a whole.

At the beginning we watch as Juan is reluctant to follow the steps his predecessors took in governing the town, which stands as a microcosm of the way things have been done in Mexico. It speaks volumes that Mexico is one of the oldest 'democracies' in Latin America, where corruption is rampant. On wonders if Mexico is the role model, what can be found in other Latin countries. Mind you, not everything is perfect in the good old USA!

It is to Luis Estrada's credit that he has been able to do this satire that pokes fun at politics, but at the same time, it makes one thing clear: watch what politicians will do once they take public office.

Damian Alcazar is perfect as the goofy mayor Juan Vargas, who the bosses in the capital think he will be perfect for the job. Pedro Armendariz Jr. does wonders with his interpretation of a corrupt party higher-up. Delia Casanova as Rosa and Isela Vega as Dona Lupe, are excellent.

This is a lesson in Mexican politics!


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