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The Reprieve (1960)

El indulto (original title)
Spain, 1906: in a small village and pregnant after having been raped, Antonia is forced to marry the brutal Lucas to save her honor. But the mother of the girl pays Lucas 20,000 reales so ... See full summary »


Emilia Pardo Bazán (story 'El indulto') (as Doña Emilia Pardo Bazán), José Luis Sáenz de Heredia




Cast overview, first billed only:
Pedro Armendáriz ... Lucas Sánchez Parrondo
Concha Velasco ... Antonia (as Conchita Velasco)
Manuel Monroy ... Pedro Sánchez Parrondo
Eulália del Pino ... Basilia (as Eulalia del Pino)
Antonio Garisa ... Don José
Guadalupe Muñoz Sampedro ... Doña Benita
Rafael de Penagos Rafael de Penagos ... Carmelo Santamaría
Fernando Sancho ... El Maroma
José María Seoane ... Juez
Pedro Porcel Pedro Porcel ... Severino
Mercedes Muñoz Sampedro ... Madre de Pili
Adriano Domínguez ... Sargento Guardia Civil
José María Caffarel ... Defensor (as José María Cafarell)
Narciso Ojeda Narciso Ojeda ... Lorenzo
Erasmo Pascual ... El Badila


Spain, 1906: in a small village and pregnant after having been raped, Antonia is forced to marry the brutal Lucas to save her honor. But the mother of the girl pays Lucas 20,000 reales so that the man will never get any closer to Antonia or the child to be born. The man's bad temper will take him to jail and Antonia will try to remake his life with Pedro, Luca's brother. However, despite how far they may go, the couple are distressed at the prospect of Lucas being pardoned and seeking them after leaving prison. Written by jsanchez

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17 March 1962 (Mexico) See more »

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The film was just in one cinema and only one week on it's release. See more »

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Dramatic and moving film with great main and secondary cast and compellingly directed by José Luis Saenz De Heredia
2 October 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This tragic picture deals with Antonia (Concha Velasco) who is coerced to marry herself to violent Lucas Sánchez Parrondo (Pedro Armendáriz) . Lucas has a brother called Pedro (Manuel Monroy) who helps and falls for Antonia . Later on , there takes place a killing and Lucas is detained , judged and condemned for several years . But Lucas seeks vengeance against his wife Antonia and things go awry .

This is an interesting drama full of passions , vendettas , obsession and tragic events . Based on a novel by the famous Galician writer Emilia Pardo Bazán , though the original book was set in 1893 , being published by that time , the film is developed during Alfonso XIII kingdom and , in fact , is faithfully recreated the spectacular wedding between king Alfonso XIII and queen Victoria Eugenia . The prestigious author Emilia Pardo Bazán had some cinematic renditions , such as : ¨Viaje De Novios¨ by Gonzalo Delgras and ¨Sirena Negra¨ by Carlos Serrano De Osma , but especially the notorious ¨Los Pazos De Ulloa¨ directed by Gonzalo Suarez with Charo López . Magnifent main cast , outstanding Pedro Armendariz , one of the best Mexican actors who formerly played in Spain : ¨The tyrant of Toledo¨ , and performed for great filmmakers as John Ford , Indio Fernández and Luis Buñuel ; and , of course , Conchita Velasco in one of his first dramatic roles , though prior had detached in ¨Crimen Para Recien Casados¨ and ¨La Paz Empieza Nunca¨. Support cast is frankly excellent , plenty of prestigious and familiar faces , such as José María Caffarel , Antonio Garisa ,Rafael Bardem , José Calvo ,Eulália del Pino Guadalupe Muñoz Sampedro , Mercedes Muñoz Sampedro , Angel Del Pozo , Adriano Domínguez , Erasmo Pascual , Francisco Bernal , Jose Maria Lado , José Riesgo , Rafaela Aparicio and many others .

It contains an evocative and original music score by Salvador Ruiz De Luna . Expressionist and Neo-realist cinematography in black and white by one of the best Spanish cameramen , Cecilio Paniagua . Excellent and adequate production design by the veteran designer Sigfredo Burmann shot in Estudios Orphea, Barcelona, Catalonia, and Estudios C.E.A., Ciudad Lineal, Madrid . The motion picture was professionally directed by José Luis Sáenz De Heredia , it was a box office flop ; but , nowadays , it turns to be very well considered . Controversial figure in Spain because of his strong and unabashed support of dictator Francisco Franco , Heredia made a lot of films : dramas and comedies , especially . He was a writer and director, known for : ¡¡Se Armó El Belén!! (1970) , Historias De La radio (1955) , La Verbena De La Paloma , Todo Es Possible En Granada , Faustina , Mariona Rebull , El Escandalo , Las Aguas Bajan Negras , Franco Ese Hombre and Raza (1942) whose screenwriter was Francisco Franco .

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