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El Rey (2004)

El rey (original title)
Cali, Colombia, 1970s. The fictional story of Pedro Rey, the first drug trafficker and drug lord.

Director:

Antonio Dorado (as José Antonio Dorado)

Writer:

Antonio Dorado (as José Antonio Dorado)
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1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Fernando Solórzano Fernando Solórzano ... Pedro Rey, "El Rey"
Cristina Umaña ... Blanca Rey
Marlon Moreno ... El Pollo
Olivier Pagès ... Harry
Vanessa Simon Vanessa Simon ... Laura Arizmendi
Raúl Aranda Raúl Aranda ... François Morel
Diego Vélez Diego Vélez ... Maluco
Elkin Díaz Elkin Díaz ... Camarada
Juan Sebastián Aragón Juan Sebastián Aragón ... Lieutenant Pulgarín
Gilberto Ramirez Gilberto Ramirez ... José
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandra Andrade Alexandra Andrade ... Monja
Halaix Barbosa Halaix Barbosa ... El Loco
Jimmy Boogaloo Jimmy Boogaloo ... Prentador Grill
Gregorio Dorado Gregorio Dorado ... Cliente
Fernell Franco Fernell Franco ... Fotógrafo
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Cali, Colombia, 1970s. The fictional story of Pedro Rey, the first drug trafficker and drug lord.

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Taglines:

He gave an insatiable world more than it could handle.

Genres:

Action | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Colombia | France | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

6 October 2004 (Colombia) See more »

Also Known As:

El Rey See more »

Filming Locations:

Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Eurociné See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Filmmakers spent around seven years looking for 1970's look-alike locations in Cali, Colombia. It took this long, because the city hadn't preserved many of its old buildings. See more »

Goofs

The license plate of the old jeep is not the kind used in late '60s early '70s, the one shown is white number on black background, the ones at the time were blue on yellow. See more »

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a film that entertains and gives a new insight of a polemic issue
21 March 2007 | by andrabemSee all my reviews

"El Rey" tells the story of a "cocaine king" in Colombia in a time before Pablo Escobar (from the 60s to the middle 70s). This film has a taste of truth. It doesn't try to judge and describes the times and life of Pedro "El Rey". It shows how the cocaine traffic was in agreement with Colombian society at the time with the growing American involvement in Colombia. The film describes "el Rey" starting as a bar owner paying the rent for his business establishment, trying to find outlets to grow in his activity and becoming eventually the cocaine king in Colombia. As I've already said "El Rey" (unlike many American films) doesn't pass judgement, and there are no car chases, great shootouts or many other things so dear to the American movies. There's no tear-stained moralism or preaching. "El Rey" is able to simply tell a story which shows the life of a big cocaine trafficker, his connection to the time, and his hopes, loves, and dreams. This is a film that portrays human beings with their contradictions. It entertains and is able to open ours eyes to a reality many of us know only superficially.


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