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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
José Coronado ... Ricardo
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

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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 Melchor Miralles, he said that the real "Lobo" visited the set one day, but nobody knew who really was. 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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Alternate Versions

Theatrical version 125 min. and extended version 134 min. See more »

Connections

Featured in Making of 'El Lobo' (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of the French Partisan (La complainte du partisan)
Written by Emmanuel d'Astier de la Vigerie & Anna Marly
Performed by Leonard Cohen
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You can use all of your bullets except for this one. This one... is for Lobo.
27 October 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

You cannot live in Spain and not know about ETA. I lived there for six years, and often heard about their never-ending war against the high ranking Spanish military, police, and others. This film is about a spy that managed to infiltrate ETA.

As a political thriller, it is a good film that shows how bad both sides can get when there is tension. They even put a hit out on El Lobo to get good press. In fact, they kill one of their own to get at him.

Amidst the intrigue, El Lobo (Eduardo Noriega) manages some fringe benefits with Amaia (Mélanie Doutey), including one balaclava-clad tryst that was interesting. But, she proves to be fickle, and joins one of the leaders in his bed. Meanwhile, Noriega is getting in so deep that he forgets he has a wife (Silvia Abascal) waiting at home.

And, now he is a pariah to the good guys. His own wife considers him a traitor to his people.

They got the job done, but at what cost. Very good story, and Noriega was excellent.


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