The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.

Director:

Luis Buñuel

Writers:

Luis Buñuel (screenplay by), Luis Alcoriza (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Silvia Pinal ... Leticia 'La Valkiria'
Jacqueline Andere ... Alicia de Roc
José Baviera ... Leandro Gomez (as Jose Baviera)
Augusto Benedico ... Carlos Conde
Luis Beristáin ... Cristián Ugalde (as Luis Beristain)
Antonio Bravo Antonio Bravo ... Sergio Russell
Claudio Brook ... Julio
César del Campo ... Alvaro (as Cesar Del Campo)
Rosa Elena Durgel ... Silvia
Lucy Gallardo ... Lucía de Nobile
Enrique García Álvarez ... Alberto Roc (as Enrique Garcia Alvarez)
Ofelia Guilmáin ... Juana Avila (as Ofelia Guilmain)
Nadia Haro Oliva ... Ana Maynar
Tito Junco ... Raúl
Xavier Loyá ... Francisco Avila (as Xavier Loya)
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Storyline

After a lavish dinner party, the guests find themselves mysteriously unable to leave the room... and over the next few days all the elaborate pretenses and facades that they've built up by virtue of their position in society collapse completely as they become reduced to living like animals... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Everyone had something to hide--lust, greed, perversion, vice, violence--but no one could escape the Exterminating Angel. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Many of the scenes were largely improvised, notably the scene in which a sheep is blindfolded before it is slaughtered. See more »

Goofs

After the butler trips in the dining room, the lady of the house follows him into the kitchen. While they speak the boom mic can clearly be seen at the bottom of the screen, extending out from under a table. See more »

Quotes

Raúl: You led us into this trap. You made us the butt of this cruel joke.
Edmundo Nobile: I have, my friend? By inviting you to dinner? By opening my doors to you?
Raúl: Exactly. You called us one by one to come for dinner after the opera. Such a cordial invitation. "I'd be honored if you would..." et cetera. We could have been sound asleep at home or in some brothel, instead of here.
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Alternate Versions

In the uncut print (featured on the Criterion DVD) the guests enter the mansion and go upstairs twice. Some versions omit the surrealistic second arrival. See more »


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Waltz in E minor
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Is this a tale for 2006?
16 June 2006 | by perilloj1512See all my reviews

I saw this film for the first time on TCM this week. It was really thought provoking. What fascinated me was that there were people in the room who had all sorts of skills to figure out the problem and become free, but did not. Another intriguing aspect was that nothing: marriage, love, death, children, jobs, or intelligence and logic was enough to solve the problem. The solution comes in a very interesting way and the least likely person. I hope you will watch and check it out. There was also a strong parallel between the catholic church and the people trapped in the room. I wondered if they were illustrating the socialist belief that 'religion is the opiate of the people.' The sheep were not eaten by the bear and all of these symbols were politically interesting. I have never written a review before and I hope I have not included any spoiler but this is a movie I would love to discuss over coffee: it is intelligent, mesmerizing, and a lesson for our time.


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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

21 August 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Exterminating Angel See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,843
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Mono (RCA High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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