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Collateral Man 

El garante (original title)
This compelling story of the supernatural, deals with two men who are desperate to preserve their lives and their souls. Martin Mondragon is a psychologist in his thirties, trying to win ... See full summary »
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1997  
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 José Sagasti 8 episodes, 1997
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This compelling story of the supernatural, deals with two men who are desperate to preserve their lives and their souls. Martin Mondragon is a psychologist in his thirties, trying to win back the love of his ex-girlfriend April. His busy life is under control until a stranger named Joe Sagasti e-mails him for an urgent appointment. Sagasti introduces himself as a Devil's messenger with the mission of collecting an unpaid debt to Satan left by Martin's grandfather. As the first male descendant of the debtor, Martin is the natural guarantor of the transaction, the collateral man. The grandfather got the love of his life, but cheated the Devil of his due-and Martin must pay. A drop of blood, and the matter can be settled very easily. Martin, lucid and with a rational mentality, believes he has encountered just another lunatic. Sagasti sets out to banish Martin's disbelief with a series of events that turn Martin's life into the worst nightmare he could imagine. Murder, torture, and ... Written by José Levy

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do not deal whit the devil

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13 August 1997 (Argentina)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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$1,300,000, 31 December 2004
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Remade as Collateral Man (2016) See more »

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I totally agree
26 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I'm an Argentinian movie fan. I've watched many many different kind of works,from different countries since I enjoy sharing things with my workmates, 90% of them from all over the world in this late mass immigration movement. The same reason applies to understand that each culture has its basements, and I watch films from that background, not with southamerican or European or northamerican eyes. I've learned this way to enjoy eastern European countries' films (very good ones) and I'm a nut in doing it in their original language since I manage 4 perfectly and I get along with some others. I'm saying all this just to make clear that I don't get carried away just cause a product is familiar; I'm pretty objective, more than the usual probabilities since I used to work in the artistic production field as well. Now, let me tell you about "El Garante". The audio was poor, too much background noise, maybe not the appropriate mics. Beside this, it's a master piece. I don't remember being so caught, except by very few films, most of them seen in my childhood, like "The Man Who Would Be King", or "Lawrence Of Arabia". Guess this capability gets lost with years, but "El Garante" made it live again. I hope, for the benefit of film and TV lovers, that the world gets a chance of watching it before someone steals bites and pieces and makes it obsolete, or becomes old fashioned by itself. Anyhow, as in humans, the spirit will always remain alive and intact, and I'll be proud of knowing I had the privilege to witness a wonder. Thanks to the people that made it. P.S. I have the 8 chapters in my hard disk and willing to add subtitles. I'm not so crazy about it cause it'll be very time consuming, but if someone lets me know there is a standard format other than these pieces I have, please let me know so my work could be shared or exported.


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