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800 Bullets (2002)

800 balas (original title)
Julián Torralba is a former movie stuntman in Almeria, Spain. He and several of his colleagues, who once made a living in American Westerns shot in Spain, now are reduced to doing stunt ... See full summary »

Director:

Álex de la Iglesia (as Alex de la Iglesia)

Writers:

Jorge Guerricaechevarría (as Jorge Guerricaechevarria), Álex de la Iglesia (as Alex de la Iglesia)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sancho Gracia ... Julián
Ángel de Andrés López ... Cheyenne (as Angel de Andres)
Carmen Maura ... Laura
Eusebio Poncela ... Scott
Luis Castro Luis Castro ... Carlos
Manuel Tallafé Manuel Tallafé ... Manuel (as Manuel Tallafe)
Enrique Martínez Enrique Martínez ... Arrastrado (as Enrique Martinez)
Luciano Federico Luciano Federico ... Enterrador
Eduardo Gómez ... Ahorcado (as Eduardo Gomez)
Terele Pávez ... Rocío (as Terele Pavez)
Ramón Barea ... Don Mariano (as Ramon Barea)
Cesáreo Estébanez Cesáreo Estébanez ... Andrés (as Cesareo Estebanez)
Eduardo Antuña Eduardo Antuña ... Taxista
Gracia Olayo ... Juli
Berta Ojea Berta Ojea ... Ángeles
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Storyline

Julián Torralba is a former movie stuntman in Almeria, Spain. He and several of his colleagues, who once made a living in American Westerns shot in Spain, now are reduced to doing stunt shows for minuscule audiences on the decaying set built for those old Westerns. Julián wrestles with dark memories of the death of his son, also a stuntman, and with estrangement from his daughter-in-law Laura and her son Carlos. Carlos, a young boy, becomes intrigued with his late father's life and runs away to join Julián and his band of has-beens. There Carlos is initiated into the rambunctious life of these hard-drinking faux cowboys. But when Laura, a powerful executive looking for a new site for a tourist resort, learns that Carlos has joined the hated Julián, she moves to destroy even this remnant of Julián's once-proud career. Julián and the cowboys decide to fight back the only way they know how. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content/nudity and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | English | Italian

Release Date:

18 October 2002 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

800 Balas See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$866, 31 October 2004

Gross USA:

$866

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,562,139
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

De la Iglesia thought this was going to be a cheap movie, but in the end it cost a little more than he thought. According to Sancho Gracia, the main character of the film: "I used to say to him 'Álex you're going to ruin' and he said yes, he was going to ruin, but he was going to make the movie that he wanted". See more »

Goofs

The placement of bullets in Sandra's ammo belt changes from shot to shot near the end of the movie. See more »

Connections

References Doctor Zhivago (1965) See more »

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Why Spain is so great...
2 January 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

In the past 30 years, Spain has developed quite a film industry, and they can now add "800 balas" (called "800 Bullets" in English) to that list. It focuses on young Carlos Torralba (Luis Castro) getting to know his grandfather Julian (Sancho Gracia), who was Clint Eastwood's double in the spaghetti westerns and still lives in the town where they filmed the spaghetti westerns; he and the other cast members do re-enactments of the Old West. As Carlos and Julian get to know each other, a corporation announces plans to bulldoze the town, which of course doesn't sit well with the townspeople.

Maybe this is one of those slice-of-life stories, but it was certainly funny. I can't think of any Spanish movie that I didn't like. Another credit to this one is the scene where Carlos gets to meet the woman who played prostitutes in the spaghetti westerns. You'll see what I mean.


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