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El Lobo (2004)

Based on a true story. In the 70's, during the last stages of Franco's dictatorship, Txema, a basque construction worker, is arrested because of his connection to some terrorists who have ... See full summary »

Director:

Miguel Courtois

Writer:

Antonio Onetti
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eduardo Noriega ... José María 'Txema' Loigorry / El Lobo
Jose Coronado ... Ricardo (as José Coronado)
Mélanie Doutey ... Amaia
Silvia Abascal ... Begoña
Santiago Ramos ... Pantxo
Patrick Bruel ... Nelson
Jorge Sanz ... Asier
Manuel Zarzo ... Matías
Fernando Cayo ... Txino
Juan Fernández Juan Fernández ... Comandante Palacios
Roger Pera Roger Pera ... Mediometro
José Luis García Pérez ... Mejía (as José Luis García-Pérez)
Chema Muñoz Chema Muñoz ... Arrieta
Antonio Ferrera Antonio Ferrera ... Reto (as Antonio Ferreira)
Juan Polanco Juan Polanco ... Gordo
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Storyline

Based on a true story. In the 70's, during the last stages of Franco's dictatorship, Txema, a basque construction worker, is arrested because of his connection to some terrorists who have just committed a murder. The secret service see in him an ideal candidate to infiltrate the terrorist band ETA and become a mole, so they try to offer him a deal if he will do so. At first he's not too interested, but his financial problems (probably caused by the secret service itself) finally force him to take their money and accept the mission. He adopts the undercover name of "Lobo" (Wolf) and becomes an active member of the band, making all the right connections until he reaches the top and acquires the trust of its leaders. In the process, he discovers that the group has deep internal divisions between those who want to abandon the armed fight and become just a political party, and those who want to keep the terrorist activity until they can proclaim the independence of the Basque country. ... Written by pablomontoya@wanadoo.es

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

eta | terrorism | spain | See All (3) »

Genres:

Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and a brief scene of graphic sexual content | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

5 November 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A farkas See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€886,904 (Spain), 5 November 2004, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,166,000, 31 December 2005
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (extended)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Acording to an interview to Mélanie Doutey, she was help by a dialect coach during a month before the shooting, because she could not speak Spanish at the time. See more »

Goofs

On chapter 5 of the DVD, almost at minute 19 of the film, a caption says it's 1973. There's a wedding and while Amaia sings (00:20:33) we can see a cymbal in the background, whose brand is Sabian. This brand was founded in Canada in 1981. See more »

Quotes

Nelson: You can use all of your bullets except for this one. This one... is for Lobo.
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Connections

References Last Tango in Paris (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Samba Pa Ti
Written by Carlos Santana
Performed by Luis Robisco & Jordi Camp
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Dark, complex action thriller.
11 March 2012 | by CurtHerzstarkSee all my reviews

Based on the true story of undercover agent Mikel Lejarza who infiltrated the basque terrorist network ETA in the 70's.

How accurate this film is I cannot say but as far as actionthrillers goes it has surprisingly depth, script and direction above genre standards. The acting is also very good, even down to small supporting roles.

Instead of just delivering easy answers, lame dialogue or bad acting this film asks us questions such as, how the state handles terrorism, how far are you willing to go to reach ones goals, and also about integrity.

This film is without heroes, the main character José María 'Txema' Loigorry / El Lobo (played by Eduardo Noriega) gets forced into this and doesn't really want to be involved.

And his superiors? They are the fascist government lead by no other then dictator Franco who rules Spain with ruthless power.

ETA on the other hand is a terrorist network plagued by inner turmoil, endless discussions about what to do when Franco is gone, and wouldn't be better if ETA put down there guns and became a political party instead? Mix these above themes and add lots of action, sex and you get very well made action thriller pretty far from say, The Bourne Identity (2002).


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