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El Norte (1983)

R | | Drama | 27 January 1984 (USA)
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Peasants escaping mindless labor and a murderous Guatemalan government head to America in hopes for something better.

Director:

Gregory Nava

Writers:

Gregory Nava (story), Anna Thomas
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ... Arturo
David Villalpando ... Enrique
Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez ... Rosa
Alicia del Lago Alicia del Lago ... Lupe
Mike Gomez ... Informer
Jose Martin Ruano Jose Martin Ruano ... Foreman
Stella Quan Stella Quan ... Josefita
Heraclio Zepeda Heraclio Zepeda ... Pedro (as Eraclio Zapeda)
Emilio Gomez Ozuna Emilio Gomez Ozuna ... Luis
Daniel Lemus Valenzuela Daniel Lemus Valenzuela ... Encarnacion
Rodrigo Puebla Rodrigo Puebla ... El Puma the Soldier
Yosahandi Navarrete Quan Yosahandi Navarrete Quan ... Josefita's Daughter
Rodolfo De Alexandre Rodolfo De Alexandre ... Ramon
Emilio Del Haro Emilio Del Haro ... Truck Driver
Jorge Moreno ... Old Man on Bus
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Storyline

Peasants, tired of beingnothing more than manual laborers, are discovered by the Guatemalan army. After the army destroys their village, a brother and sister, decide they must flee el Norte. After receiving help from friends and advice from a veteran immigrant on strategies for traveling, they make their way to Los Angeles. Written by Ed Cannon <ecannon@mail.utexas.edu>

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The magical film that reveals the world between the dream and the reality

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

Spanish | Maya | English

Release Date:

27 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Norte See more »

Filming Locations:

Guatemala City, Guatemala See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,920, 15 September 2019

Gross USA:

$27,920

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,920
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Roger Ebert noted in his review that Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez is terrified of rats in real life, but insisted that the filmmakers use actual (domesticated and trained) rats for the scene where she goes through an underground tunnel to reach the U.S. See more »

Goofs

When Enrique sees that Rosa has died, for a couple seconds we still see her breathing. See more »

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Jorge: Rosa... it doesn't matter!
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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

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¡Viva El Norte! my first picture as an actor.
1 September 1999 | by villalpaSee all my reviews

Fifteen years ago, the indigenous people in Guatemala, were living a cruel extermination that forced them to flee toward Mexico and the United States. This exodus lasted a decade and half a million Guatemalans made the journey to America seeking for asylum and refuge.

In that time, a young Chicano film maker, full of noble idealism,honesty,and with no more resources but his immense talent to tell stories, put his eyes in this tragedy and made the most beautiful epic poem ever filmed about our indigenous nations: El Norte, a picture that gave voice to those that don´t have it.

With El Norte, the spectators of that time, became aware, in slambang, of a reality that have been communicated to them mostly through the press, but wich they had never confronted in such hard and frontal manner.

And in some way, El Norte became a powerfull fighting element. Grew an audience, searched audiences, left the theatres to tell its truth. Got into the schools, universities, into film festivals, and in every forum that wanted to hear it, and it´s message was founding echo in the spectators identifyed with the story of the lost paradise of all the poor of the world in which, Rosa and Enrique represent millions of young people of any color and continent, starving for security and freedom, those that every day start the search of the lost paradise through hell.

Fifteen years had gone by since the time we made this film, and unfortunately, the story that has been told in El Norte, will have to be told for a long time. We, the latinamericans, are in deep debt with Anna Thomas and Gregory Nava. Thank you for making, from this tragedy a masterpice.

Some say that a poem never won a workers strike; this may be true, but it is also true that some poems had helped us to keep the faith, and as long as you have faith, you have not been defeated.

And if you don´t belive me, ask via internet to subcomandante Marcos, who has been fighting five years in Chiapas, México, for the indigenous rigths, with no weapon other than his word. And by the way, in many of the towns El Norte was filmed. We thank the people who are helping preserve today our story in order to be shown to the future generations.


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