1973. Uruguay is governed by a military dictatorship. One autumn night, three Tupamaro prisoners are taken from their jail cells in a secret military operation. The order is precise: "As we... See full summary »
Antonio de la Torre,
Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister's wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.
In the hard and convulsive times of the Spain of 1921, Aníbal Uriarte is a veteran soldier of the Morocco War reconverted as cop who is sent by his superior from Spain's capital Madrid to Barcelona (Catalonia, north-east to Spain) in order to locate an important amount of military weaponry from a train, stolen apparently by revolutionary anarchists. To his arrival to the city Uriarte meets Inspector Rediú, a corrupt officer together other cops as the violent Tísico and young Beltrán, and El Barón, owner of the famous cabaret Edén where he exploits to his dancers as Lola, filming in addition adult movies implying minors and lesbian women only for the high society's eyes. At the same time Salvador Ortiz is the leader of a peaceful riot in an important company of the city, in the fight by the workers' rights, and Salvador's daughter and telephone operator Sara leads her own revolution to defend women's rights. Learning quickly to move in a sea of conspirators, corrupts and traitors, ...Written by
Rediú calls "Vasco" to Uriarte all the times. Vasco is the Spanish word for Basque, indicating that he was born in Basque Country (north to Spain). See more »
Due to stringent gun control laws, movie prop departments in Spain face extraordinary difficulties obtaining period-appropriate weapons. In the first scene, in which a train is attacked in Barcelona in 1921, the firearms displayed by both sides are implausible and/or wildly anachronistic:
M1 Garand rifle. Designed in 1936.
M1 carbine. Designed in 1941.
Sten sub-machine gun. Designed in 1941.
MP 40 sub-machine gun. Designed in 1938.
Lee Enfield rifle. While they existed in 1921, they were never in service in any Spanish law enforcement agency or the military, who were issued the ubiquitous Mauser bolt rifles and carbines.
Thompson sub-machine gun. While they existed in 1921 (having been designed in 1918), they would have been unheard of in Spain, as they entered production that year and were sold in small quantities to some federal and Law enforcement agencies in the US, the Marines and some armies in Latin America.
Not only that, the defenders of the train, presumably military, display the above collection of firearms (except for the sub-machine guns, carried by the attackers), implausible for any uniformed body, who would have been issued the same model of rifle (in Spain, the Mauser family of rifles and carbines). See more »
All action with no expense spared and with good story line, acting and directing. Historically interesting if not totally factual. You will enjoy it I'm sure if you're not put off by lots of gun battles and blood.
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