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Amores Perros (2000)

Amores perros (original title)
A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.

Director:

Alejandro G. Iñárritu (as Alejandro González Iñárritu)

Writer:

Guillermo Arriaga (as Guillermo Arriaga Jordán)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emilio Echevarría ... El Chivo
Gael García Bernal ... Octavio (as Gael García)
Goya Toledo ... Valeria
Álvaro Guerrero ... Daniel (as Alvaro Guerrero)
Vanessa Bauche ... Susana
Jorge Salinas ... Luis
Marco Pérez ... Ramiro
Rodrigo Murray ... Gustavo
Humberto Busto ... Jorge
Gerardo Campbell Gerardo Campbell ... Mauricio
Rosa María Bianchi ... Tía Luisa (Aunt Luisa)
Dunia Saldívar Dunia Saldívar ... Mama Susana (Susana's Mother)
Adriana Barraza ... Mama Octavio (Octavio's Mother)
José Sefami ... Leonardo
Lourdes Echevarría Lourdes Echevarría ... Maru
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Storyline

On the brink of the new Millennium in the bustling City of Mexico, one horrible car accident intertwines inextricably the lives of three perfect strangers. Octavio, a rebellious adolescent who is secretly in love with his sister-in-law, dreams of escaping his miserable life, and for this reason, he enters reluctantly the obscure world of dog fighting with his lethal dog Cofi. And then unexpectedly, Valeria, a stunning woman and famous supermodel, will cross paths with Octavio, while in the meantime, her pampered little dog Richie manages to vanish into thin air in the confined space of her apartment. Lastly, Chivo, an ex-guerrilla vagabond, after abandoning his little daughter, unable to make up for lost time, he channels his love to the city's strays and a mortally wounded Rottweiler. In the end, even though all the weary characters, men and beasts, wish for a bright future, in this life-changing journey in the pursuit of love, sometimes infidelity, sin and death can get in the way. Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

love is betrayal. love is anguish. love is sin. love is selfish. love is hope. love is pain. love is death. what is love? love's a bitch. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Filmax (Spainish) [Spain]

Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

13 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amores Perros See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,047, 1 April 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,383,834, 8 July 2001
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For the scenes where the dogs appeared to be dead or dying, the animals were actually heavily sedated under the careful eye of the Mexican SPCA. Multiple dogs that looked like one dog seen on screen were also used, so that the same dog was not under sedation for more than half an hour and not more than once a day at a time. See more »

Goofs

When "Chivo" gags the first brother, the gag completely covers his face from the nose down. In the next morning the gag is neatly folded around the mouth. See more »

Quotes

Daniel: I'll be back around two, okay, hon?
Valeria: If you never come back it's okay too, bastard.
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Crazy Credits

To Luciano: Because we also are what we have lost. Special Thanks to: "Abba, Pater" See more »

Alternate Versions

The following are from the deleted scenes on the DVD:
  • An alternate ending where the camera is outside the house where El Chivo was holding the two business partners hostage and two gunshots are heard.
  • A comedic and tender scene between Daniel and Valeria which would have come shortly after Valeria returned from the hospital. Valeria wakes up Daniel in the middle of the night to help her get to the bathroom.
  • A conversation between Daniel and Valeria in their apartment where Valeria reveals to the audience that she had an abortion.
  • A brief scene where Octavio bursts into Susanna's mother's apartment searching for her.
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Connections

References Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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Amores Perros
Written by Control Machete
Performed by Control Machete
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reality is weirder than fiction
19 July 2002 | by danielariasvSee all my reviews

Maybe for most of you, people outside third-world countries like Mexico or Colombia, my home, movies like ths one are only representations of another world... something away from you. My city, medellin, is one of the most dangerous cities on the world. Mexico city can be as dangerous as medellin. I`m not talking about politics. maybe you haven`t lived violence as near as i have, but im gonna tell you something, that is the main reason i voted 9 this movie: Amores perros is not fiction. Its a perfect peep to what life is here. We have expensive models that go to stupid tv shows, we have dog fighting, we have mercedes, we have old trucks, we have killers, businessmen, we feel love, we have houses... our life, as you can see in the movie, isn`t as different as you think. Amores perros can show you that life is not easy here. but that`s it. What you saw is thousand`s of people life. that`s why it`s so magic to you. Yourè seeing what you will never live there, in london, new york, seattle, paris, berlin... reality is weirder than fiction... see it on amores perros, and you`ll believe me... live it here, and no movie will surprise you


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