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Machuca (2004)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 11 June 2004 (Spain)
Two 12-year-old Chilean children from different social classes become friends in 1973. They both discover each other's world as political tensions in their country increase.

Director:

Andrés Wood
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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 ... Willy
Maria Olga Matte Maria Olga Matte ... Miss Gilda
Gabriela Medina Gabriela Medina ... Lucy
Luis Dubó ... Ismael Machuca
Andrea García-Huidobro Andrea García-Huidobro ... Isabel
Tiago Correa ... Pablo
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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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 »

Quotes

María Luisa Infante: Children will kill each other.
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Crazy Credits

In the credits at the beginning of the film, the last letter of each word drifts slowly to the right separating from the names See more »

Connections

References The Lone Ranger (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Black is Black
Written by MIchelle Grainger (as M. Grainger), Tony Hayes (as A. Hayes) and Steve Wadey (as S. Wadey)
Performed by Los Bravos
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Impressive, Powerful, Accurate
13 December 2004 | by lm_amethyst74See all my reviews

I watched the film with my mother, who lived through the coup d'etat in Chile. The events depicted in the movie were so realistic, they transported her back to that era. She cried as we watched and explained all of the small details I wouldn't have gotten being someone who didn't experience these events for myself. With this in mind, I have to think this movie was meant to be watched by a Chilean audience to be fully understood and "felt". Someone like my mother, who has seen the atrocities that occurred in Chile in the mid-seventies, would be a more appropriate critic of this film.

Regardless, I think everyone should watch this movie. It is a touching story about friendship, growing up, social classes, and politics. The acting was exceptional. The plot was well- written. The sets, props, and costumes were accurate. It has a lot to offer as an enlightening and educational film since the story of Chile's own 9/11 has not yet reached the general masses. Because the story is told through a sentimental child's perspective, you are drawn yet closer to the characters and their emotions. Some have criticized this film harshly, stating that Wood couldn't make up his mind whether this film is a political story or a child's coming-of-age tale. Why can't it be both?

As a Chilean, I am extremely proud of this film, in its quality and accuracy. It is powerful, bold and touched me to my very core. I strongly recommend it to all, especially all of you Chilean-Americans born during this era. Ask your parents to tell you their own story, and you will see that Machuca is more than a piece of cinematic brilliance and a milestone in Chilean film. It is a film you will never forget.


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Country:

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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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