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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 »

Director:

Enrique Piñeyro
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6 wins & 7 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
Carlos Portaluppi ... Gordo
Martin Slipak Martin Slipak ... Pequeño T
Alejandro Polledo Alejandro Polledo
Silvina Bosco Silvina Bosco
Emiliano Fernández Emiliano Fernández
Paulo Brunetti Paulo Brunetti
Sergio Boris Sergio Boris
Miguel Dedovich Miguel Dedovich
Pablo Razuk Pablo Razuk
Marcos Montes Marcos Montes
Gustavo Pastorini Gustavo Pastorini
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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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Official Sites:

Aquafilms | MK2 [France]

Country:

Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

21 April 2005 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Виски Ромео Зулу See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

From 01:35:50 for about 20 seconds you can see the fateful airplane accelerate down the runway with the flaps completely retracted. This is exactly what happened to the real WRZ flight and caused the takeoff to fail. It is a deadly practice and must have been staged exclusively for that scene to be shot. No doubt the plane deployed the reverse thrusters and brakes to slow down before the end of the runway after the shot ended. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film, the mishap aircraft is starting its takeoff roll, you can hear the engines spooling up, ie increasing power. The scene then cuts away to the investigator listening to the black box recordings, then back to the aircraft already rolling. In the second sequence with the aircraft, you can again hear the engines spooling up. They should have already been at takeoff power. See more »

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The beauty of cinema...
30 October 2007 | by jpschapiraSee all my reviews

I think there's something very beautiful in making true declarations but in a way of a movie with a story and not precisely a documentary. "Fast Food Nation" is a perfect example, but it's from the United States. Enrique Piñeyro's "Whisky Romeo Zulu" is from my own Argentina, and it's a piece of the bravest and most encouraging nature.

See, Piñeyro was a pilot working for an Argentinean flight company. This company had problems with safety: they didn't check their planes correctly; they didn't give enough vacations to their pilots and many other things we discover through Piñeyro's eyes that, if you are Argentinean, you'll probably recognize. This is a story of popular knowledge in my country, but it was never viewed from this perspective: from the inside; from the guy who warned the tragedy.

Piñeyro got suspended and what he loved the most was taken away from him: flying. How he shows this in the film, how he places every character with an immense degree of reality is what's brave about the film; how his camera shoots the sky and the clouds (clear and peaceful, with love) is what's beautiful about his decision of using cinema to express his feelings.

There are details of his work that are worth analyzing. His screenplay for example…It has him as the main character, as himself, but it's so wonderfully crafted that we never get to listen to his real name, because he's always called by his rank or by people who already know him in the story and don't need to call him by name.

A special mention has to go to the technical team, led by assistant director Emiliano Torres. He and all the rest are well recognized professionals of their field, not only in Argentina but internationally.

In terms of performances, the film's cast includes big important national stars, respected actors. It is sort of a 'dream cast', but to describe them individually does no good with a film like this. The only crucial performance in "Whisky Romeo Zulu" is Piñeyro's…His character and he are the same person, but is he emphasizing this in his performances? I can't tell, but his work is the most natural I've seen this year.

Well, maybe there's another crucial performance in the film, played by the always superb Mercedes Morán. But her role is so unexpected and part of a romantic subplot that's so well placed in the film's plot line, that telling anything about it would be a sin.


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