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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

When he meets the Gringo for the first time, Juan Vargas says his name is "Emilio Gabriel Fernández Figueroa" recalling Golden Age's director Emilio Fernández and cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. 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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Connections

References The Young and the Damned (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

La barca de oro
Performed by Salvador "El Negro" Ojeda
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Historically relevant
14 December 2001 | by oibasSee all my reviews

To understand "La Ley de Herodes" and its historical significance, it is necessary to consider a study of the backdrop behind its production and release. LDH is a product of the decadence of the crumbling, rotting 70-year old regime of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The 90s were frantic years in Mexico. The Zapatista uprising, the murder of the PRI's presidential candidate/next president (apparently by his own party), the "Tequila Effect" recession, several political murders and former president Salinas' exile (as well as his brother's arrest for money laundering)... all these events created a dissatisfaction so huge that forced the government to loosen its freedom of expression. It would have been impossible to release this movie, or to listen to Molotov's angry music without the bitter complacency of the government. And in a way, LDH signals the end of the PRI regime and its ousting from the executive in the year 2000. Mexico is undergoing change. It's slow, and it's painful, but it's happening. The PRI has not fully disappear, though. You can now see the Juan Vargas figure clinging in congress,trying to obstruct change, holding to its last source of power. A wonderful mambo score, by the way.


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