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La fiesta del Chivo (2005)

Urania Cabral returns to Santo Domingo, after several years, and remembers her and her family's relationship to Rafael Trujillo, the Dominican dictator, as well as the events surrounding his assassination.

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Luis Llosa

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

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 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
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Based on the best-selling novel by Mario Vargas Llosa, this is the story of Urania Cabral, a beautiful, kind, intelligent and independent Manhattan lawyer whom, after 30 years returns to República Dominicana to face her ghosts... and the horrifying circumstances that altered her life forever when she was a teenager and Rafael Leónidas Trujillo 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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Dominican Republic | Spain | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2006 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Feast of the Goat See more »

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Budget:

€8,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

All the exteriors were filmed in Santo Domingo, but the studio filming was done in Spain. See more »

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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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My personal opinion
4 April 2006 | by arquen-melianSee all my reviews

Don't believe that because I am Peruvian as Luis LLosa or Mario Vargas Llosa I am going to clap their work without criticism. Other movies of the first and some books of the second are not likable to me. In this case I have to say this is for me, a great book adaptation (ok, maybe some characters and scenes where eliminated, but imagine how much should have last the movie if not). And also the cast was well elected. The movie is a political history thriller, that refers to a Latin American real era, and has to photograph it as perfect as can. The other part, Urania's history is a psychological drama history, and it can be shocking, but the idea is that it has to be; it is the history of a trauma post raping, and it's consequences in family and personal life. I think the movie is well guided and the two parallel histories are well related. But I have to say that sometimes it was a little difficult to follow context, most in the scenes of the car.


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