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Viggo Mortensen plays the Spanish soldier-turned-mercenary Captain Alatriste, a heroic figure from the country's 17th century imperial wars.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Diego Alatriste
... Angélica de Alquézar
... Íñigo Balboa
... Sebastián Copons
... Conde de Guadalmedina
... María de Castro
... Francisco de Quevedo
... Conde Duque de Olivares
... Curro Garrote
... Fray Emilio Bocanegra
... Martín Saldaña
... Mujer de Malatesta
... Luis de Alquézar
... Joyera
... Pereira
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Spain 17th century.Diego Alatriste, brave and heroic soldier, is fighting under his King's army in the Flandes region. His best mate, Balboa, falls in a trap and near to die ask to Diego, as his last desire, to looking after his son Inigo and grow him as a soldier. Alatriste has to come back to Madrid. Written by 1felco

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€24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€4,590,197 (Spain), 1 September 2006, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,321,954, 20 October 2013
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At a cost of 24 million Euros, this is the most expensive Spanish film ever made. Director Agustín Díaz Yanes called that amount enough for 'a European super-production and an American rubbish-production'. See more »

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When Iñigo arrives at the beach after being freed from the galleys, a really tall modern building can be seen at the left part of the screen. See more »

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Conde Duque de Olivares: Without Flanders, there's nothing... Captain.
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A lost opportunity
5 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

I went to see this movie without reading the books first and with only a vague knowledge of the historical events the novels are based upon. Apparently, the director thought that it would be a good idea to condensate the five Alatriste novels in a single film, in order to give depth to the characters. A big mistake. The pace is for the most part too fast and anecdotic, and the action jumps from here to there without ever giving a clear reason why everyone behaves the way they do, from the romantic plots scattered along the movie to the great political conspiracies. It is never very clear either why Alatriste, who is little more than a soldier and hired assassin, is so important to so many people of high rank.

In spite of all this, I cannot give the film a bad rating because it is certainly a pleasure to watch. The technical aspects, the general "look" of the film, the music, and the acting are splendid. The casting can be a controversial point, but the chosen actors do wonders.


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