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Captain Alatriste: The Spanish Musketeer (2006)

Alatriste (original title)
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Viggo Mortensen plays the Spanish soldier-turned-mercenary Captain Alatriste, a heroic figure from the country's 17th century imperial wars.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Viggo Mortensen ... Diego Alatriste
Elena Anaya ... Angélica de Alquézar
Unax Ugalde ... Íñigo Balboa
Eduard Fernández ... Sebastián Copons
Eduardo Noriega ... Conde de Guadalmedina
Ariadna Gil ... María de Castro
Juan Echanove ... Francisco de Quevedo
Javier Cámara ... Conde Duque de Olivares
Antonio Dechent ... Curro Garrote
Blanca Portillo ... Fray Emilio Bocanegra
Francesc Garrido ... Martín Saldaña
Pilar López de Ayala ... Mujer de Malatesta
Jesús Castejón ... Luis de Alquézar
Cristina Marcos ... Joyera
Luis Zahera ... Pereira
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Spain 17th century.Diego Alatriste, brave and heroic soldier, is fighting under his King's army in the Flandes region. His best mate, Balboa, falls in a trap and near to die ask to Diego, as his last desire, to looking after his son Inigo and grow him as a soldier. Alatriste has to come back to Madrid. Written by 1felco

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Country:

Spain

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Spanish | Flemish | Latin | Portuguese | Dutch

Release Date:

1 September 2006 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Alatriste See more »

Filming Locations:

Baeza, Jaén, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Budget:

EUR24,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,482,607
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At a cost of 24 million Euros, this is the most expensive Spanish film ever made. Director Agustín Díaz Yanes called that amount enough for 'a European super-production and an American rubbish-production'. See more »

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After their second encounter in the movie, Alatriste's nemesis and supposedly-skilled swordsman Gualterio Malatesta misses the mount of his scabbard and accidentally shoves his blade into a gap of his sword belt's fixings. The empty scabbard can be seen wobbling around while he's retreating. See more »

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Conde Duque de Olivares: Without Flanders, there's nothing... Captain.
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References Ben-Hur (1959) See more »

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This could have been the SHARPE series of Spain but...
3 July 2007 | by teacher_tom516See all my reviews

I was really looking forward to this and I think that it would have been great if the film-maker had taken the risk of making a single - or two - books of the series and then hoping it made enough locally and internationally to warrant sequels. As it was it felt like it was doing too much with too little time, it felt dragging and in the end I got little more than a terrific headache. Which is a pity because I really wanted to like this more than I did.

There's a lot to love here though, the swordfighting with dagger in one hand and rapier in the other was a treat (not that much going around) but the duels went too fast - I suspect because they wanted to cover so much (TOO MUCH) ground. For example the assassination attempt on the two English adventurers could have been more drawn out, more tension could have been injected there. Not to mention when we find out who these are they could have made the connections with that other swashbuckler, the Three Musketeers as well as made more reference to English history for us non Iberian types. More could have been done with the campaign vs the French (this was the Cyrano period!) which could have also helped international audiences resonate.

You didn't understand the motivation of the Dutch vs the Spanish either, the whole Dutch revolt, the religious issues, the political issues, etc. were not tackled at all, which is a pity as it would have been good to frame the action against the geopolitical situation (the ruthless mismanagement of the Duque de Alva and other issues that forced the Dutch hand) The issue of mercenaries of various countries and the type of warfare they had back then including the Tercios - we never really got to see the tercio in all its glory and see why it was, at that time, the most feared military organization in Europe. Ah to have seen a Spanish Tercio fight a Dutch battalion...

But basically, too much to say, too little time, too shallow, too little real nuance, too rushed character development. This could have been the Sharpe of Spain, Capitan Alatriste and his merry band of rogues from book's one to five. Instead it's rushed, shallow and uneven execution leaves one exhausted and glad it's over. Capitan Diego de Alatriste deserved more.

Viva Alatriste, Tom516


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