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Red Dawn (1989)

Rojo amanecer (original title)
A Claustrophobic experience which involves a Mexican middle class family into the atrocities made by wild and heartless army forces whose main objective seems to be students who do not permit the 1968's Olimpic games' to develop normally.


Jorge Fons
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Héctor Bonilla ... Humberto
María Rojo ... Alicia
Jorge Fegán Jorge Fegán ... Don Roque
Ademar Arau Ademar Arau ... Carlos
Demián Bichir ... Jorge (as Demian Bichir)
Bruno Bichir ... Sergio
Marta Aura ... Neighbor woman
Eduardo Palomo Eduardo Palomo ... Injured Boy
Carlos Cardán Carlos Cardán ... Second lieutenant
Leonor Bonilla Leonor Bonilla ... Girl
Paloma Robles Paloma Robles ... Graciela
Simón Guevara Simón Guevara ... Boy 1
Sergio Sánchez Sergio Sánchez ... Boy 2
Roberto Sosa ... Soldier
Santiago Allende Santiago Allende ... Student 1


Mexico City, October 2, 1968. Ten days before the Olympic Games a small student revolt turns into major political turmoil. A demonstration in Tlatelolco, the largest housing complex in the city, becomes an extremely tense situation. A typical middle-class Mexican family is tragically involved in the events, when the protest is brutally put down by the army and hundreds of people are killed in the square in front of their apartment building. Written by Maximiliano Maza <mmaza@campus.mty.itesm.mx>

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When the soldiers aimed Granpa and Gracielita to their flat, some soldiers in the stairs dressing like civil where hitting two teachers that where found hidden in the top of the building, meanwhile, the Grandpa and the rest of the family are watching at the door. During the fight there are some shots taking as the stairs as the door of the flat, shifts from day to night are notable in each take. See more »

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DVD version adds 15 minutes of footage to the theatrical version. very violent scenes for the time See more »

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Some incredible acting and a treat of "black "Mexican history.
30 December 2007 | by moshdesignerSee all my reviews

When I saw the film as it was released in the theaters, I thought it was a superb film. More than a decade later, a part of such awe is gone. The plot? A middle-class family undergoes the violent events happened in Tlatelolco, Mexico City, in 1968.

The sound recording and editing was most probably done by butchers. Clumsy ones. The firing sounds seem to be stolen from a Pink Panther cartoon episode. I suppose –though– that the budget was small, so I will not insist too much on it.

There is nonetheless some VERY good acting in here, performed by Héctor Bonilla, María Rojo and Demián Bichir. My highlight performance happens when Bonilla angrily addresses his sons at the family table, after arriving from work. Sadly, most of the other actors perform poorly (Bruno Bichir, although decently acting,is decidedly overshadowed by his brother). The pamphlet girl's acting is wooden and many other actors seemed to have been simply borrowed from a student theatrical company. The cops (judiciales) are almost a caricature and -even though they can be brutal in real life- suffer from overacting.

The scenery is flawless and honest. Lighting is OK, but nothing out of the ordinary. Some dialog lines are marvelously embellished and made "real" by Bonilla's and Rojo's delivery, although the dialog lines in general tend to sound kitschy, biased and overdone when dealing with political issues.

Recommended to those who want to analyze the evolution of the recent Mexican cinema and to evil cops who are looking forward into improving their verbal intimidation techniques.

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18 October 1990 (Mexico) See more »

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