2 user

Riders of the Dawn 

Los jinetes del alba (original title)
| Drama, War | TV Series (1990)
Set in a spa hotel during the Spanish Civil War, Marian is the niece of the proprietress. When her mother dies, her hopes of owning the place are fullfilled. During the revolution in ... See full summary »




1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Set in '50s Spain, a young man (Sanz) leaves the army and looks for a job so he and his fiancée (Verdu) can get married. He rents a room from a widow (Abril), and shortly begins a torrid ... See full summary »

Director: Vicente Aranda
Stars: Victoria Abril, Jorge Sanz, Maribel Verdú
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Luis, an aging Falangist author with guilty conscious, is writing fake memoirs. Two reporters, his niece Mariana and her lesbian friend Elmyr, arrive to do a piece on him. While fact-checking his memoirs Mariana becomes attracted to him.

Director: Vicente Aranda
Stars: Victoria Abril, Lautaro Murúa, Hilda Vera
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

First part of the history of "El Lute", a delinquent who became notorious in Spain for his jail escapes in the 60's, converting himself in a popular legend.

Director: Vicente Aranda
Stars: Imanol Arias, Victoria Abril, Antonio Valero
Libertarias (1996)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the nun Maria is forced to flee her convent. She takes refuge in a brothel, until it is liberated by a woman's anarchist group. Maria joins the ... See full summary »

Director: Vicente Aranda
Stars: Ana Belén, Victoria Abril, Ariadna Gil
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Stars: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cacho


Series cast summary:
Victoria Abril ...  Marian 5 episodes, 1990
Jorge Sanz ...  Martín 5 episodes, 1990
Fernando Guillén ...  Don Erasmo 5 episodes, 1990
Joan Miralles Joan Miralles ...  Ventura 5 episodes, 1990
Antonio Iranzo ...  El santero 5 episodes, 1990
Gloria Muñoz ...  Adamina 5 episodes, 1990
Carlos Tristancho Carlos Tristancho ...  Quincelibras 5 episodes, 1990
José Cerro José Cerro 5 episodes, 1990
Rosa Morata Rosa Morata 5 episodes, 1990
Eufemia Román Eufemia Román 5 episodes, 1990
Claudia Gravy ...  Doña Elvira Rossi 5 episodes, 1990
Maribel Verdú ...  Raquel 5 episodes, 1990
Conrado San Martín ...  El médico 5 episodes, 1990
Nacho Martínez ...  Juan 5 episodes, 1990
Graciela Borges ...  Doña Amalia 5 episodes, 1990
Pedro Díez del Corral 5 episodes, 1990
Ricard Borràs 5 episodes, 1990
Marisa Tejada Marisa Tejada 5 episodes, 1990
Blanca Apilánez Blanca Apilánez 5 episodes, 1990
Margarita Calahorra Margarita Calahorra 5 episodes, 1990
Manuel Torremocha Manuel Torremocha 5 episodes, 1990
José Canalejas 5 episodes, 1990
Ramón Blanco Ramón Blanco 5 episodes, 1990
Manuel de Blas 5 episodes, 1990
Enrique Cerro Enrique Cerro 5 episodes, 1990
Ariadna Liaño Ariadna Liaño 5 episodes, 1990
Ana María Díaz Ana María Díaz 5 episodes, 1990
Pedro Falla Pedro Falla 5 episodes, 1990
José Gómez de Segura José Gómez de Segura 5 episodes, 1990
Daniel Medrán Daniel Medrán 5 episodes, 1990
Máximo Martínez Máximo Martínez 5 episodes, 1990
José Luis Alexandre José Luis Alexandre 5 episodes, 1990
Resu Morales 5 episodes, 1990
José Luis Barceló José Luis Barceló 5 episodes, 1990
Jesús Corbacho Jesús Corbacho 5 episodes, 1990
David Núñez David Núñez 5 episodes, 1990
Jesús Alonso Jesús Alonso 5 episodes, 1990
Rubén Tobías Rubén Tobías 5 episodes, 1990
Iñaqui Zurbano Iñaqui Zurbano 5 episodes, 1990
Ángeles Martín Ángeles Martín 5 episodes, 1990
Jordi Dauder 5 episodes, 1990
Paco Catalá Paco Catalá ...  Cura 5 episodes, 1990
Pedro Miguel Martínez 5 episodes, 1990
Óscar García de Tejada Óscar García de Tejada 5 episodes, 1990
Fernando Martín Fernando Martín 5 episodes, 1990
Fulgencio Saturno Fulgencio Saturno 5 episodes, 1990
Alfonso Vallejo 5 episodes, 1990
Rodolfo Montero Rodolfo Montero ...  Sargento 5 episodes, 1990
Alejandro Ruetter Alejandro Ruetter 5 episodes, 1990
María Jesús Hoyos María Jesús Hoyos 5 episodes, 1990
Lola Baldrich ...  Aída 5 episodes, 1990
Susana Buen Susana Buen 5 episodes, 1990
Neus Asensi 5 episodes, 1990
So'Tso Melgar So'Tso Melgar 5 episodes, 1990
Gracia Maeste Gracia Maeste 5 episodes, 1990
Joan Lluís Bozzo Joan Lluís Bozzo 5 episodes, 1990
Idilio Cardoso Idilio Cardoso 5 episodes, 1990
Damián Contreras Damián Contreras 5 episodes, 1990
El Gran Wyoming El Gran Wyoming 5 episodes, 1990
Blai Llopis 5 episodes, 1990
Paco Bas Paco Bas 5 episodes, 1990
Aitor Tejada Aitor Tejada 5 episodes, 1990
Francisco Maestre 5 episodes, 1990
Alfonso Godá Alfonso Godá 5 episodes, 1990
Ana Gladys Rodríguez Ana Gladys Rodríguez 5 episodes, 1990
Fernando Hernández Fernando Hernández 5 episodes, 1990
Cosme Cortázar Cosme Cortázar 5 episodes, 1990
Anna Briansó Anna Briansó 5 episodes, 1990


Set in a spa hotel during the Spanish Civil War, Marian is the niece of the proprietress. When her mother dies, her hopes of owning the place are fullfilled. During the revolution in October 1936, her lover Martin joins some revolutionaries who are fighting the Nationalists. Written by Philip O'Carroll

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

spanish civil war | 1930s | See All (2) »


Drama | War







Release Date:

9 January 1991 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Riders of the Dawn See more »

Filming Locations:

Gijón, Oviedo, Asturias, Spain See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


(5 episodes)

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Intense and dramatic TV series dealing with Asturias revolution , Republic and Spanish Civil war
8 April 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Historical as well as spectacular television series formed by 5 episodes , concerning Spanish Civil War , including good cast , nice production design , sensitive as well as evocative musical score by Jose Nieto and acceptable filmmaking by Vicente Aranda . Wartime drama about a spa , its owners and political idealism centered on a group of revolutionary people , being perfectly played by an all-Spanish-star-cast . Set in a spa hotel of fresh water called ¨Las Caldas¨ during the Asturias revolution (1934) and subsequent Spanish Civil War . Located in Las Caldas (LLanes) where lives Marian (Victoria Abril) , she is daughter of Adamina (Gloria Muñoz) and niece of the Spa proprietress (Graciela Borges) . When her mother and Doña Amalia passed away , her hopes of owning the spa are fulfilled . During Asturias revolution in October 1934, her boyfriend Martin (Jorge Sanz) joins some revolutionaries but he is forced to escape . At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War (1936) Martin joins the Frente Popular group and unites the Republican troops who are fighting the Nationalists and against the General Franco army . Meanwhile , Marian goes to Oviedo where attends a brothel whose owner is a Madame called Doña Elvira Rossi (Claudia Gravy) . Revolutionaries (Maribel Verdu , Carlos Tristancho , among others) take on the problems of battling not only the nationalists, but also factions on the left seeking to impose a more traditional military structure . Then occurs confrontation between FAI, CNT , AIT , anarchists followers of the leader Durruti , regular troops of the Republican government, Stalinists and Troskists.

This interesting historical story is a passionate retelling and a touching warlike drama . "Riders of the dawn¨, being adapted by the same director along with Joaquim Jordà from a story by Jesús Fernández Santos . This moving as well as strong story is an emotive recounting and a stirring melodrama , including nudism and strong as well as ordinary sex scenes . The TV series originated an intense discussion in Spain about its principal theme , the Spanish Civil War . The series has some powerful , rousing images as when a crowded train filled with revolutionaries arrives in Las Caldas and when the horse flock go downing from mountains , Picos de Europa, to the village . These horses are called ¨Asturcones¨ and their origin results to be Celtic . ¨Jinetes Del Alba¨ or ¨¨Riders of the Dawn¨results to be other of the innumerable stories to deal with dramatic deeds regarding the Civil War background . A familiar theme about the global horrors of a fratricide war , impossible to forget to Spanish Cinema and TV . Vicente Aranda also writes the script and being filmed in his usual formal and stylistic scholarship , without leaving a trace the thought-provoking issues , in terms of dramatic and narrative excitement . The main problem has to face "Jinetes Del Alba", beyond not being able to avoid falling into the politic pamphlet is precisely derived from the coldness of its staging, which eventually become monotonous over 250 minutes of footage . This is a Spanish big budget production and obtained limited success in the Spanish television . Excellent main cast forming an enjoyable human group of players and giving excellent interpretations . Very good support cast playing villagers , Franquistas or revolutionaries such as Pedro Diaz Del Corral , Antonio Iranzo , Conrado San Martin , Manuel De Blas , Nacho Martínez , Jordi Dauder , El Gran Wyoming and many others . Perceptible as well as evocative musical score by Jose Nieto , Aranda's usual . Including a spotless pictorial cinematography by Juan Amoros , he carries out a photography with juicy atmosphere , being filmed on location in Llanes , Vidago , Gijon , Oviedo , Asturias ,Gijon . Cameraman Juan Amoros is deemed to be one of the best Spanish cameraman with a long artistic career . Furthermore , a willingness , almost perfect of the elements of each shot , every sequence, every space .

The motion picture was lavishly produced by TVE , being professionally directed by veteran filmmaker Vicente Aranda ; however , the series doesn't work at all and packs sluggish scenes , flaws , gaps and many images reveal nothing . Aranda directed a series of award-winning movies firmly establishing him as one of the best Spanish filmmakers . His usual film editor is own wife , Teresa Font . Vicente is an expert on literary adaptations , as he has adapted four novels written by Juan Marsé Canciones Amor en Lolita's Club (2007), El Amante Bilingüe (1993), Si Te Dicen Que Caí (1989) and La Muchacha De Las Bragas De Oro (1980). Vicente often shoots strong erotic scenes , being ¨jealousy¨, a customary issue in his films . Vicente has been working from the 60s with ¨Fata Morgana¨ , ¨Las Crueles¨ , ¨Novia Ensangrentada¨ , ¨Clara es el Precio¨ , among others . His greatest successes were intense dramas with plenty of sex such as ¨Pasion Turca¨ , ¨Intruso¨ , ¨Tiempo De Silencio¨ , ¨Carmen¨ , along with a delinquency tale : ¨El Lute¨ I and II starred by Imanol Arias , his fetish actor along with Victoria Abril (They have worked together 12 times) . His biggest hit was ¨Amantes¨ , although originally intended to be produced as an episode of the TV crime anthology series 'La Huella Del Crimen 2' (1991), before producer Pedro Costa decided to rewrite the script as a theatrical film . And specially the historical story titled ¨Juana La Loca¨ also dealing with jealousy .

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed