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Cronicas (2004)

Crónicas (original title)
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A suspense thriller about a reporter from Miami who travels to Ecuador in pursuit of a serial killer known as the "Monster of Babahoyo."

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Sebastián Cordero
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Leguizamo ... Manolo Bonilla
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Damián Alcázar ... Vinicio Cepeda
Peki Andino Peki Andino ... Sargento Saltos (as Peky Andino)
Amira Bustamante Amira Bustamante ... Señorita Autógrafo
Carlos Cedeño Carlos Cedeño ... Hombre Enfurecido 2
Andrés Crespo Andrés Crespo ... Preso Medio Gramo
Elena Del Rocío Murillo Elena Del Rocío Murillo ... Partera
Susana Díaz Nieto Susana Díaz Nieto ... Secretaria Sociedad Biblica
Jaime Estrada Jaime Estrada ... Señor Limpieza
Washington Garzón Washington Garzón ... Joseph Juan
Ricardo Paul Gonzalez Ricardo Paul Gonzalez ... Policía Mina
Patricia Higuera Patricia Higuera ... Reportera
Hugo Idrovo Hugo Idrovo ... Lic. Orestes Zambrano
Víctor Feratio Jiménez Víctor Feratio Jiménez ... Roger
Adrián Layana Adrián Layana ... Joven Violento
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Storyline

When the star of a sensationalistic Miami news show travels to the Ecuadorian coastal village of Babahoyo to cover the story of a serial killer who hunts children, his personal ambition gets out of hand, and his pursuit of a moment of glory carries tragic consequences. Written by Juan Tovar & Mandy Goldberg

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Taglines:

If It's On TV, It Must Be The Truth. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, a scene of sexuality, and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Mexico | Ecuador

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

21 April 2006 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Cronicas See more »

Filming Locations:

Babahoyo, Ecuador See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$143,271 (Mexico), 21 April 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,263, 10 July 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$299,261, 30 October 2005
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Ecuador for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 77th Academy Awards in 2005. See more »

Soundtracks

SOLO YO
Written by Memo Muñoz
Performed by Tiberio y Sus Gatos Negros
Courtesy of Discos Continental
License of Cemsa
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...that's my job. To serve the truth.
28 October 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Damián Alcázar (The Crime of Father Amaro, Lord Sopespian in Prince Caspian) gives a truly remarkable performance in a compelling film by young writer/director Sebastián Cordero.

There are two stories going on at the same time. One is a story of a vicious rapist/serial killer who preys on young boys and girls; and the other is about the role of the media in our society.

John Leguizamo plays a star reported that knows who the killer is and is trying to get the confession for a news story. In the meantime, events transpire that result in the killer's release before he accomplishes this.

Leonor Watling (La mala educación, Paris, je t'aime) plays the producer who wants to tell what they know, while Leguizamo fights to keep it a secret and play off the hero status he gained. Who will win? Will his conscience get the better of him? That is the real story here, as we debate the role of media. Are they reporting the news, and becoming part of the news.

The view of rural Ecuadorian life is also a big plus to the enjoyment of this film.

Compelling.


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