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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

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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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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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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

References Last Tango in Paris (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

The Joker
Written by Eddie Curtis, Ahmet Ertegun & Steve Miller
Performed by Steve Miller Band
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a very good Spanish thriller
15 January 2007 | by andrabemSee all my reviews

"El Lobo" tells the real story of a government agent that during the 70s (during the time when Franco is dying and a time of change is coming in Spain) infiltrates the ETA (a separatist terrorist organization). It's a very dangerous mission and this film succeeds in portraying the tension and perplexity of the agent (codename Lobo - wolf in English) and the doubts that the new times to come arouse inside the ETA and in Spain.

This is a fast-paced thriller that unlike its American counterparts doesn't tell us who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. We see the idealism in ETA militants that lead them to indiscriminate killing and the opportunism of the government circles. Instead of giving us a ready-made solution the film poses questions that linger in our mind. For instance: with the coming of democracy wouldn't it be better to give up armed struggle and become an organized party? This generates conflicts inside ETAs leading circles and the agent Lobo is inside this turmoil.

Today with the crescent European integration these questions are still valid. Is it necessary to fight for old ideals that have lost its reason of being or wouldn't it be better to adapt to the new times where integration is the password? In a few sketches, the agent Lobo, the ETA militants, the government officials, the mood in Spain, are drawn in a realistic way and give us a feeling of real persons and events.

Rent this film. "El Lobo" is very intense and sometimes desperate (like the 70s in Spain). New times are coming. What shall we do? What will happen?


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