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The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.

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Daniel Monzón

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luis Tosar ... Malamadre
Alberto Ammann ... Juan Oliver
Antonio Resines ... José Utrilla
Manuel Morón ... Ernesto Almansa
Carlos Bardem ... Apache
Marta Etura ... Elena
Luis Zahera ... Releches
Fernando Soto Fernando Soto ... Armando Nieto
Vicente Romero ... Tachuela
Manolo Solo ... Director cárcel
Patxi Bisquert ... Jon Arteaga 'Potolo'
Josean Bengoetxea Josean Bengoetxea ... Antxon Elorza 'El Profesor'
Anartz Zuazua ... Asier Urruticoechea 'El Txiqui'
Miguel Martín Miguel Martín ... Pincho
Félix Cubero ... Germán
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Storyline

Juan Oliver wants to make a good impression at his new job as a prison officer and reports to work a day early, leaving his pregnant wife, Elena, at home. His destiny is forever changed by this fateful decision, as during his tour of the prison, an accident occurs that knocks him unconscious. He is rushed to the empty but visibly haunted walls of cell 211. As this diversion unfolds, inmates of the high security cell block strategically break free and hijack the penitentiary. Aware of the violence that is to come, the prison officers flee, leaving Juan stranded and unconscious in the heart of the riot. When Juan awakens, he immediately takes stock of the situation; in order to survive, he must pretend to be a prisoner. Juan develops a dialogue with the violent leader of the riot, Badass, and the two begin a partnership, Badass fully believing that Juan is a new inmate. Negotiations go smoothly until the rioters take three ETA (the militant Basque separatist organization) prisoners ... Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

Official [Spain]

Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish | Basque | English

Release Date:

6 November 2009 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Cell 211 See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,056,510 (Spain), 6 November 2009, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,300,483, 31 December 2011
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Juan José Ballesta auditioned several times for a role. See more »

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When the minister is heading to the prison, the car he is driven in is shown as an Audi A6 (1997) from the front, when arriving to the prison the car is shown from behind, but this is an Audi A8 (2005) model. See more »

Quotes

Malamadre: Where did you come from?
Juan Oliver: From 211.
Malamadre: That cell was empty.
Juan Oliver: Not anymore.
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Sheer Perfection.
16 June 2011 | by davidtraversa-1See all my reviews

Simply a masterpiece. The script solid as a rock, no fissures in it no matter from which side one looks at it. The actors as good as to make to seem incredible that the acting profession has reached such superb levels of artistry.

When one is watching this film, from the very first scene --almost unbearable to watch-- one is caught completely in it and from then on, one is on a ride at the edge of the seat, holding one's breath till the very end.

I was dumbfounded at each scene. How could they have obtained such impeccable choreography with that enormous amount of actors (the whole prison population) that are on screen almost in every scene like the Chorus in an opera?

The prison riot and the one outside of the prison walls, with the relatives of the prisoners and the police force, seem to have been taken from a real newsreel, not a staging done with actors, but then, every single scene seems taken from a documentary, so perfect is the acting, the direction, the editing. Sound track, lighting, etc. perfect. Impossible to find fault with this movie. A jewel.


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