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Whisky Romeo Zulu (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 21 April 2005 (Argentina)
The film tells the story prior to the accident LAPA Boeing 737 on 31 August 1999 after hitting an embankment in central Buenos Aires, killing 67 people. Directed and performed by a former ... See full summary »

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Enrique Piñeyro
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6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Enrique Piñeyro Enrique Piñeyro ... T
Mercedes Morán ... Marcela
Alejandro Awada ... Gonzalo
Adolfo Yanelli ... Fiscal
Carlos Portaluppi ... Gordo
Martín Slipak ... Little T (as Martin Slipak)
Sergio Boris Sergio Boris ... Adrián
Martín Adjemián ... De Angelis
Miguel Dedovich Miguel Dedovich ... Comodoro Trapattoni
Humberto Serrano Humberto Serrano ... New Manager
Marcos Woinsky ... Comandante
Mucio Manchini Mucio Manchini ... Luigi (as Luis Mancini)
Silvina Bosco Silvina Bosco ... Psychiatrist
Gabo Correa Gabo Correa ... Marcela's Husband
Gabriel Molinelli Gabriel Molinelli ... President of the Table
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Storyline

The film tells the story prior to the accident LAPA Boeing 737 on 31 August 1999 after hitting an embankment in central Buenos Aires, killing 67 people. Directed and performed by a former pilot of the same company, this film reveals a complex web of complicity between the Air Force and the company to circumvent security controls in order to obtain greater economic benefit in operations.

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Drama | Thriller

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Director Enrique Piñeyro, is a real pilot, who used to work in LAPA before leaving the company. The movie shows his struggle to make the company to see what was about to occur if the safety policies weren't revised. He said several times in the movie, and in real life, that a fatal accident was about to happen. His prediction became real in 1999. See more »

Goofs

The shots of the pre-flight preparations and push back of the fateful plane show a 737-200 with longer narrower low- bypass jet engines (00:03:00). The shots immediately following of taxi and takeoff show a 737-300 with shorter wider high-bypass jet engines (00:04:08). The same shots are repeated at 01:35:05. See more »

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Referenced in Seven Minutes (2009) See more »

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a powerful and mesmerizing film that must be seen
15 December 2004 | by philthephilmmakerSee all my reviews

I had the pleasure of seeing this film at the Bahamas Film Festival and was truly amazed by this film. It is an autobiographical retelling of Enrique Pineyro's (Director/Writer/Lead Actor) real-life experience as a whistle blower against the corrupt corporate and government practices regarding airline safety and regulation in Argentina. It is a brave and extraordinarily powerful story. Pineyro beautifully depicts his love for flying. As a pilot, Pineyro faced unbelievable pressure to perform under duress with poorly functioning planes and an administration more concerned with the bottom line, then the safety of its human cargo. Both lyrical and troubling the film weaves in and out of Pineyro's experience which culminates in the sad aftermath of the famous LAPA plane crash of '99 in Buenos Aires, which Pineyro himself predicted, resulting in the deaths of 37 people. Pineyro's story is fascinating. The cinematography and score is simply captivating, and the performances by all are top notch. His ability as a director and an actor is incredible. I beseech you all to see this film. Bravo Enrique.


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Country:

Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

21 April 2005 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Виски Ромео Зулу See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$596,167
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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