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El misterio Galíndez (2003)

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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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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

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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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Opening Weekend:

€112,053 (Spain), 28 September 2003, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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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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Not as historical as it seems
3 July 2006 | by sturlaferrerSee all my reviews

I know, it's a movie. But when it comes to portray real life (in any matter) it should be as faithful as possible. I'm sorry, but "El Misterio Galíndez" isn't as accurate as it seems. Nor is the Dominican Republic depicted as it really is. In fact, it shocked me to see that the filming location for Santo Domingo was actually Cuba. And incredibly enough, movies with Cuban themes (Havana, The lost City, Bitter Sugar, The Godfather part II) were actually filmed in Santo Domingo! So what happened here? Why did they shoot the movie in Cuba instead of the D.R.? The Spanish dialogs with the Cuban accent are horrible! Those are not Dominicans! On the historic level, Galíndez would have never been hanged. He might as well been shot, decapitated or died from the inhumane torture he'd been receiving. Then, thrown his body in the Caribbean sea. But Trujillo would have never ordered death by strangulation. His sick mind wouldn't have allowed it.

Acting isn't delivered as expected. Harvey Keitel looks like he's just expecting a paycheck. I prefer the leading actress in "Deep Blue Sea". The rest of the cast would have been excellent in some Cuban movie, and the same goes for the selected shooting location.

I suggest "La fiesta del chivo" (The feast of the goat), from bestselling author Mario Vargas Llosa, directed by his cousin Luis Llosa. It's a bit more realistic with Dominican history. The Trujillo character is very well portrayed, and the Galindez incident is treated very briefly in this movie.


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