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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.

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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
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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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Before the military attack we see a clock with the word "Quartz" on its face. In Mexico, electronic clocks were not in common use until the 1970s. 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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not much has changed!
7 July 2002 | by m_miranda_mSee all my reviews

i recently saw this movie again, and it just made me feel sick, because even though that actually happened 34 years ago, and we as a society think that so much has changed, you soon realize that it hasn't, because that could actually happen again in this day and age, and it actually has, of course we don't hear anything about it, as we didn't hear much about it back then, there's a scene in the movie, when the family after thinking the worst is over, sit around the tv to watch the news, and they are shocked to hear the news anchor reports about just a minor disturbance, with some injured and some dead, 34 years latter we still don't know the whole story, but what we do know is that it wasn't a minor disturbance, hundreds of students, most in their late teens or early twenty's where slaughtered like pigs in the middle of the street by the mexican army, that's the reason all student movement's are doomed to fail, because politicians who are supposed to be the ones looking after us don't think twice about murdering the innocent as long as they get to stay in power, a lot of people don't understand, and say "well they asked for it" or "what where they protesting", they where protesting a corrupt government that didn't think twice about doing what it did, there's some very violent scenes in the movie, but i don't think it was enough, i wish this movie was so raw and in your face that it would have been able to wake up everyone who is still living in the dream world.


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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

18 October 1990 (Mexico) See more »

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Sound Mix:

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1.37 : 1
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