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Oro diablo (2000)

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The town of Papayal is located in the Amazon jungle. It is ruled by violence, greed and vice. It has grown around mines where gold is extracted, and where mercury has severely destroyed the... See full summary »


Joseph Novoa (as José Ramón Novoa)


Sonia Chocrón
1 nomination. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Rocío Miranda Rocío Miranda ... Isabel
Laureano Olivares Laureano Olivares ... Cae (as Laureano Olivarez)
Armando Gota Armando Gota ... Gallego
Pedro Lander Pedro Lander ... Aroldo
Alberto Rowinsky Alberto Rowinsky ... Fellini
Jenny Noguera Jenny Noguera ... Carmen
Roberto Hernández Roberto Hernández ... Mooligan
Jeannette Lehr Jeannette Lehr ... Zuleima
Carolina López Carolina López ... Atanasia
María Cecilia Oduber María Cecilia Oduber ... Selva (as Maria C. Oduber)
Pastor González Pastor González ... Pedro
Ringo García Ringo García ... Fino
Juan Carlos Alarcón Juan Carlos Alarcón ... Fellini's Assistant
José Abreu José Abreu ... Ramon
Oswaldo López Oswaldo López ... Bigotes




The town of Papayal is located in the Amazon jungle. It is ruled by violence, greed and vice. It has grown around mines where gold is extracted, and where mercury has severely destroyed the environment. Apart from the local bar and brothel, the settlers have nothing to do but work on the mines. Every once in a while a man called Fellini arrives and projects films. One day the mother of teenager Isabel and her lover steal the gold from miner El Gallego and flee from Papayal. The girl is forced to pay their debt, by working on the brothel. Isabel tries to escape, but she is caught by the police, and meets Cae, a young man who is bought by a trader to work in the gold mines. Back on Papayal, Isabel falls in love with Cae, who tells her that both her mother and her lover have been killed. Written by Edgar Soberón Torchia <estorchia@gmail.com>

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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance


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In Fall of 2000, the film was selected as the official Venezuelan submission to the 2001 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language film category. See more »


Follows Sicario (1994) See more »

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Tragic & Beautiful tale of the Amazon
18 November 2009 | by FalconeerSee all my reviews

This excellent, unique film is the final part of a trilogy from Venezuelen director Jose Novoa. "Oro Diablo," or Devil's Gold is a savage tale of greed, corruption and child exploitation in the Amazon Jungle, where young people are enslaved by greedy landowners to extract gold from the mines. A lesson in ecology is cleverly combined with powerful drama and suspense. Early in the film a boy dies because of the mercury used in mining for gold, a method that is destroying the Rain Forest, and in turn, the World Environment. Nobody here cares, as long as the money keeps rolling in. Young children perform their impossibly strenuous jobs with machine guns pointed at their heads, knowing that one mistake, and they will be shot like animals. Out of this brutal landscape a romance develops between the young miner Cae, and the beautiful Isabel, a girl forced into prostitution because of a debt owed by her mother. Unflinchingly violent, this is not always easy to look at, especially since much of the brutality is directed at children. Novoa's earlier film "Sicario" was a great crime drama, but this final chapter has more of an emotional, and also romantic level, possibly because this script was written by a woman. The lead actors, Laureano Olivares (the star of Sicario) and Rocio Miranda have to be one of the most gorgeous and sexiest couples ever, and they melt the screen with their passionate and raw love story, a love that is constantly threatened by the sea of corruption in which they are enslaved. I think the term "potboiler" was invented for films like this; sweaty, tense and lurid tales set against the exotic jungle backdrop. The limited budget works for the film rather than against it, and the slightly grainy transfer is perfect for this one. Fine film that is both informative and fascinating, "Oro Diablo" is an important and visionary work that unfortunately has been seen by very few people, outside of it's native Venezuela, where this trilogy is well-known. Reminiscent of John Boorman's "Emerald Forest" this one is worth the effort it will take to track it down. Highest rating.

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13 June 2000 (Venezuela) See more »

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Devil Gold See more »

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