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Machuca (2004)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 11 June 2004 (Spain)
Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

Director:

Andrés Wood
12 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matías Quer Matías Quer ... Gonzalo Infante
Ariel Mateluna Ariel Mateluna ... Pedro Machuca
Manuela Martelli Manuela Martelli ... Silvana
Aline Küppenheim ... María Luisa Infante (as Aline Kuppenheim)
Ernesto Malbran Ernesto Malbran ... Father McEnroe
Tamara Acosta Tamara Acosta ... Juana
Francisco Reyes ... Patricio Infante
Alejandro Trejo Alejandro Trejo ... Willy
Maria Olga Matte Maria Olga Matte ... Miss Gilda
Gabriela Medina Gabriela Medina ... Lucy
Luis Dubó Luis Dubó ... Ismael Machuca
Andrea García-Huidobro Andrea García-Huidobro ... Isabel
Tiago Correa Girrulat ... Pablo (as Tiago Correa)
Pablo Krögh Pablo Krögh ... Colonel Sotomayor
Federico Luppi ... Roberto Ochagavía
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Storyline

Santiago, capital of Chile during the Marxist government of elected, highly controversial president Salvador Allende. Father McEnroe supports his leftist views by introducing a program at the prestigious "collegio" (Catholic prep school) St. Patrick to allow free admission of some proletarian kids. One of them is Pedro Machuca, slum-raised son of the cleaning lady in Gonzalo Infante's liberal-bourgeois home. Yet the new classmates become buddies, paradoxically protesting together as Gonzalo gets adopted by Pedro's slum family and gang. But the adults spoil that too, not in the least when general Pinochet's coup ousts Allende, and supporters such as McEnroe. Written by KGF Vissers

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Chile | Spain | UK | France

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

11 June 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Мачука See more »

Filming Locations:

Santiago, Chile

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,635, 23 January 2005

Gross USA:

$26,676

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,187,700
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The book that Gonzalo's mother's friend gives to him is "The Lone Ranger", the story of a man who befriends an Indian. See more »

Goofs

Silvana is standing by the outhouse, then moments later, after camera pans, appears on the other side of Gonzalo. See more »

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María Luisa Infante: Children will kill each other.
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Adios, chico de mi barrio
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Touching and Realistic Tale of Friendship and Coming to Age in Times of Military Coup
5 February 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1973, in Santiago of Chile of the first socialist president democratically elected in a Latin-American country, President Salvador Allende, the principal of the Saint Patrick School, Father McEnroe (Ernesto Malbran) makes a trial of integration between students of the upper and lower classes. The bourgeois boy Gonzalo Infante (Matías Quer) and the boy from the slum Pedro Machuca (Ariel Mateluna) become great friends, while the conflicts on the streets leads Chile to the bloody and repressive military coup of General Augusto Pinochet on 11 September 1973, changing definitely their lives, their relationship and their country.

"Machuca" is a touching and realistic tale of friendship and coming to age in times of military coup in Chile. The Chilean director Andrés Wood made this fantastic movie following the political genre of Costa Gravas, but with a subtle drama with two children getting conscience of the fight of classes and the changes in their country by force and violence. The story in some moments seems to be a documentary so perfect the direction and acting are. The debut of the two lead actors, Matías Quer and Ariel Mateluna, is awesome: the eyes of the silent Matías Quer disclosing reality and the facial expression of Ariel Mateluna are amazing. "Machuca" is a highly recommended movie, and for the younger generations slightly see what happened in the 70's in South America and particularly in Chile. A few figures about Pinochet's dictatorship: 30,000 Chileans were killed; 100,000 Chileans were arrested without a trial; 22,000 students were expelled from the universities; 150,000 Chileans were exiled. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Machuca"


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