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The Feast of the Goat (2005)

La fiesta del Chivo (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 3 March 2006 (Spain)
Urania Cabral (Isabella Rossellini) returns to Santo Domingo, after several years, and remembers her and her family's relationship to Rafael Leonidas Trujillo (Tomas Milian), the Dominican dictator, as well as the events surrounding his assassination.


Luis Llosa


Luis Llosa (screenplay), Augusto Cabada (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomas Milian ... Rafael Leonidas Trujillo
Isabella Rossellini ... Urania
Paul Freeman ... Agustín Cabral
Juan Diego Botto ... Amadito García Guerrero
Stephanie Leonidas ... Uranita
Shawn Elliott ... Johnny Abbes
Murphy Guyer ... Turk
David Zayas ... Antonio de la Maza
Steven Bauer ... Juan José Viñas
Carlos Miranda Carlos Miranda ... Antonio Imbert Barrera
Eileen Atkins ... Aunt Adelina
Clare Cathcart Clare Cathcart ... Lucinda
Gary Piquer ... Galindez
Jordan Lage ... Gral. Pupo Román
Richard Bekins ... Manuel Alfonso


Based on the best-selling novel by Mario Vargas Llosa, this is the story of Urania Cabral (Isabella Rossellini), a beautiful, kind, intelligent, and independent Manhattan lawyer whom, after thirty years, returns to the Dominican Republic to face her ghosts and the horrifying circumstances that altered her life forever when she was a teenager, and Rafael Leonidas Trujillo (Tomas Milian) a.k.a El Chivo (The Goat) was the iron-handed ruler of this island paradise. After Urania faces her past, nothing in her present or future will ever be the same again. Written by Miguel Cane (Stepford@yahoo.com)

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This marks as Zachary Sklars first screenplay in fourteen years. His previous effort was JFK (1991), which also had Tomas Milian as part of the cast. See more »


The National Police (Policia Nacional) of Dominican Republic was the color green in Trujillo's Era, however, on the film it appears yellow. The Nacional Police was not yellow until 2004-2005. See more »

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Hollywood its not
16 April 2006 | by racapellan2003See all my reviews

first of all this movie is nothing like the book and is definitely not the era of Trujillo. Hollywood is not, they should have given it to Hollywood but they didn't. it looks like it was filmed entirely at night, there's no show of the country because everything looks like it took place at night maybe because of lack of funds or imagination. the acting, well I rather not comment on that, suffice is to say that to me is worth 2 stars. the Spanish version, we have Trujillo speaking Catalan like if he was born in Spain, and so is everyone else for that matter, from the top of the military to the bellhop. I waited for this movie only to he highly disappointed, it sucks big time. thanks god I did not pay a lot of money to see it, then it would have been a really big disappointment. Iam Dominican, and in fact I even got to meet Trujillo once, and I tell you that wasn't him or even a close resemblance. I truly hope that one day, Hollywood would decide to do Trujillo justice and then we will have like a second godfather, full of the violence that existed during the period and true to trill's character.

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