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Arturo Ripstein

El coronel no tiene quien le escriba (No One Writes To The Colonel)

122' - 1999 - Drama - Dialogue: Spanish
Director: Arturo Ripstein Composer: David Mansfield With: Fernando Luján, Marisa Paredes, Salma Hayek
An obstinate colonel of the anticlerical Cristeros War keeps waiting for the pension that has been promised to him but never delivered. Every Friday, he goes down to the docks, dressed in his best suit in anticipation of the arrival of the letter announcing his pension. Everyone knows that he is waiting in vain, but he refuses to face reality, even though, deep in his heart, he knows that the letter will never arrive. His wife is suffering from asthma; their son Agustin was killed by the fascists; and the roof over their head will soon be taken away because of the unpaid mortgage. Yet the Colonel stands by his dream, refusing to give up despite poverty and hunger. He knows that if he lets go, there is nothing else left. His wife Lola proposes to sell the cock, which is the only thing left behind from their son. But the Colonel does not want to give up the fighting cock, which he believes will win one day. (Gönül Dönmez-Colin)

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Arturo Ripstein


David Mansfield


Fernando Luján, Marisa Paredes, Salma Hayek


Paz Alicia Garciadiego, Gabriel García Márquez

Director of Photography

Guillermo Granillo


Fernando Pardo


Gabriel Ripstein, Jorge Sanchez

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Countries of production

Mexico, Spain, France

Screenplay based on

"El coronel no tiene quien le escriba" (Gabriel García Márquez)



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