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Title La ley de Herodes = Herod's law / Bandidos Films presentan ; una película de Luis Estrada ; productor y director, Luis Estrada ; argumento, Luis Estrada, Jaime Sampietro ; guión, Luis Estrada, Jaime Sampietro, Fernando León, Vicente Leñero ; una producción de Bandidos Films.

Publication Info. [Coyoacán, Distrito Federal] : Bandidos Films ; Beverly Hills, CA : Distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [1999]


Location Call No. Status
 New Britain, Main Library - Audio-Visual Materials  SP DVD HEROD'S LAW    Check Shelf
Edition Widescreen edición.
Description 1 videodisc (122 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in..
Series Cinema Latino
Cinema latino.
System Details DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital surround; anamorphic widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 1.85:1.
Cast Damián Alcázar (Vargas), Pedro Armendáriz (López), Delia Casanova (Rosa), Juan Carlos Colombo (Ramírez), Alex Cox (Gringo), Guillermo Gil (Cura), Ernesto Gómez Cruz (Gobernador), Leticia Huijara (Gloria), Luis de Icaza (Alcalde Alfredo García), Eduardo López Rojas (Doctor), Jesús Ochoa (Nuevo alcalde), Manuel Ojeda (Cantinero), Manuel Poncelis (Filemón), Salvador Sánchez (Pek), Evangelina Sosa (Perla), Isela Vega (Doña Lupe), Jorge Zárate (Tiburón).
Credits Director de fotografía, Norman Christianson ; edición, Luis Estrada ; música, Santiago Ojeda ; dirección de arte, Ana Solares ; diseño y realización de San Pedro de los Saguaros, Salvador Parra ; diseño de vestuario, Mariestela Fernández.
Note Originally produced as a Mexican motion picture in 1999.
Audience MPAA rating: Rated R for violence, sexuality and language.
Summary The tiny town of San Pedro de los Saguaros needs a new Mayor, as the populace has assassinated several. As a reward for his party loyalty, the ruling governor gives hapless junk dealer Damián Alcázar the post. An honest if idealistic man, Vargas arrives with his beautiful, ambitious wife Gloria. Picked for his stupidity, he quickly discovers that bribes, blackmail, gratuitous fines, and other abuses of authority are the only way to get things done, and soon transforms himself from ineffectual stooge to paragon of corruption--or, a successful politician. Along the way, he encounters a surly madam, a moralizing doctor, a mercenary priest, and an opportunistic gringo. He justifies his actions with a motto learned from his party leader, who quotes Herod's Law, which is (if somewhat reworded), "Either you screw them or you get screwed."
Contents Opening credits -- Plan -- Mayor Vargas -- San Pedro De Los Saguaros -- First day at work -- Doctor Morales -- Lupe's house -- Church -- Making a difference -- Helping a friend -- Asking for help -- Book -- Anything for money -- Return of an old friend -- At the dinner table -- Visit to Lupe's -- Surprise for Juan -- Angry doctor -- Dance lessons -- Juan and his gun -- Funeral -- Happy Juan -- Rosita's house -- Phone call -- Confession -- Drunken Juan -- Affair -- Goodbye Dr. Morales -- New book -- Juan's house -- Visitor in town -- Gloria leaves -- Angry citizens -- New Mayor -- Congress -- Closing credits.
Awards Winner, 2000 Silver Ariel Awards (Premio de la Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias) for Mejor Maquillaje (Best Make-Up): Alfredo Mora, Felipe Salazar; Mejor Vestuario (Best Costume Design): María Estela Fernández; Mejor Escenografía (Best Production Design): Salvador Parra; Mejor Actor de Cuadro (Best Actor in a Minor Role): Juan Carlos Colombo; Mejor Coactuación Masculina (Best Supporting Actor): Pedro Armendáriz Jr.; Mejor Coactuación Femenina (Best Supporting Actress): Isela Vega; Mejor Actor (Best Actor): Damián Alcázar; Mejor Guión Cinematográfico Original (Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen): Luis Estrada, Jaime Sampietro, Fernando Javier León Rodríguez, Vicente Leñero; Mejor Dirección (Best Direction): Luis Estrada; Winner, 2000 Sundance Film Festival, Latin American Cinema award.
Note Special features: Trailers (3 min.).
Language In Spanish with optional subtitles in English or Spanish; closed-captioned in English.
Note GMD: videorecording.
Subject Black humor.
Mayors -- Drama.
Prostitutes -- Drama.
Political corruption -- Drama.
Men -- Sexual behavior -- Drama.
Man-woman relationships -- Drama.
Mexico -- Drama.
Mexico -- Politics and government -- Drama.
Genre/Form Comedy films.
Feature films.
Foreign films.
Motion pictures, Spanish.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Estrada, Luis, 1962- Screenwriter. Director. Producer.
Sampietro, Jaime. Screenwriter.
León, Fernando. Screenwriter.
Leñero, Vicente. Screenwriter.
Alcázar, Damián, 1953-
Armendáriz, Pedro, Jr., 1940-2011.
Casanova, Delia.
Colombo, Juan Carlos.
Cox, Alex, 1954-
Gil, Guillermo.
Gómez Cruz, Ernesto.
Huijara, Leticia.
Icaza, Luis de.
López Rojas, Eduardo, 1937-1999.
Ochoa, Jesús.
Ojeda, Manuel.
Poncelis, Manuel.
Sánchez, Salvador, 1943-
Sosa, Evangelina, 1969-
Vega, Isela.
Zárate, Jorge.
Bandidos Films S.A. de C.V.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc.
Added Title Herod's law
Standard No. 024543090571
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