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The Galíndez File (2003)

El misterio Galíndez (original title)
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On March 12, 1956, Basque Nationalist Jesús de Galíndez Suarez disappeared from his apartment in New York City, and was never heard from again. He had been working with the F.B.I., and was ... See full summary »

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Gerardo Herrero
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Saffron Burrows ... Muriel Colber
Harvey Keitel ... Edward Robards
Eduard Fernández ... Galíndez
Guillermo Toledo Guillermo Toledo ... Ricardo
Reynaldo Miravalles Reynaldo Miravalles ... Don Angelito
Joel Angelino Joel Angelino ... Don Angelito (Young)
Jorge Alí Jorge Alí ... Rivera Maculeto
John Furey ... Norman Radcliffe
Hugo Reyes Hugo Reyes ... Areces (Young)
Mario Limonta Mario Limonta ... Areces (Old)
Chete Lera ... Diplomático
Jacqueline Arenal Jacqueline Arenal ... Gloria Moral
Miriam Learra Miriam Learra ... Rosa
Carlos Padrón Carlos Padrón ... Leon María Jara
Jorge Echemendía Jorge Echemendía ... Cruz Ayala (Old) (as Hector Echemendia)
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On March 12, 1956, Basque Nationalist Jesús de Galíndez Suarez disappeared from his apartment in New York City, and was never heard from again. He had been working with the F.B.I., and was about to publish a book critical of Dominican strongman, Trujillo. In 1988, a graduate student, Muriel Colber, wants to make Galíndez the subject of her dissertation. She's in Spain doing research; finding little, she goes to Santo Domingo. At every turn, the C.I.A., in the person of Agent Robards, tries to thwart her; and, at each turn, as she considers abandoning the project, someone offers new information, often contradictory. She wants the truth behind the Galíndez mystery; will she find it? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Spain | UK | Italy | Portugal | Cuba | France

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 September 2003 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Galíndez mysteriet See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$299,518
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Galíndez is being drowned as torture, the actor holding Eduard Fernández missed the signal, on which they had previously agreed, and let Fernández drowning for longer than expected. See more »

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When Radcliffe is talking with Robards at the restaurant, his hand position on the beer glass changes. See more »

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Terrific picture, though somewhat overlong
14 March 2004 | by walterlxSee all my reviews

This movie showed here in Los Angeles last night as part of a festival of New Spanish Cinema. Jesus de Galindez was a Basque nationalist who lived in the Dominican Republic after leaving Spain. And then after leaving the Dominican Republic for the United States he wrote a book exposing the Trujillo dicatorship. For this he was kidnapped and taken to the Dominican Republic where he was brutal tortured and killed.

The movie uncovers his life through the oddysey of a young woman from the United States who does research on his life, only to find doors blocked everywhere, and false open doors as well. Harvey Keitel plays the US government agent (it's unclear if CIA or FBI) whose assignment is to prevent the facts about Washington's role in the disappearance of Galindez from coming out. Keitel plays this role to a T.

At 126 minutes, it's somewhat overlong, and the performance by the actress playing protagonist is a bit goggle-eyed and wooden, but it's a fine movie. Interestingly, it's a bilingual movie, with parts of the dialogue in English, with Spanish subtitles, and in Spanish with English subtitles. It's also fascinating to listen to the different accents in Spanish by many of the characters.


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