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One Man's War (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 20 April 1991
Based on true events: a Paraguayan doctor and his family seek justice for his son, who was tortured to death by the dictatorial regime of Alfredo Stroessner.

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Sergio Toledo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Joel
Norma Aleandro ... Nidia
Fernanda Torres ... Dolly
Leonardo García Vale ... Joelito
Miah Michelle Miah Michelle ... Analy
Ana Ofelia Murguía Ana Ofelia Murguía ... Dona Teresa
José Antonio Estrada José Antonio Estrada ... Leandro
Rubén Blades ... Perrone
Sergio Bustamante ... Gomes
Rene Pereyra Rene Pereyra ... Pena (as René Pereyra)
Claudia Guzmán Claudia Guzmán ... Charo
Rufino Echegoyen Rufino Echegoyen ... Duarte
Salvador Sánchez ... Ramirez
Malena Doria Malena Doria ... Senora Ramirez
Gerardo Quiroz Gerardo Quiroz ... Ramirez's Son
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Storyline

Based on true events: a Paraguayan doctor and his family seek justice for his son, who was tortured to death by the dictatorial regime of Alfredo Stroessner.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Killing of Joelito See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Joel Filártiga, the Paraguayan doctor whose story is the basis of that movie was born Joel Holden Filártiga Ferreira 15 August 1932 in Ybytymi, Paraguay and died July 5 2019 in Asunción, capital of Paraguay. See more »

Alternate Versions

The opening titles of the film was changed for home video releases and widescreen editions opening with the HBO Showcase logo. The original broadcast version has the opening credits laid out against a map of South America. The HBO Showcase version has a more serious and simpler black on white text during the opening. The music is unchanged. See more »

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Good but could be great
3 December 2011 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

What brought me to this film were three factors: 1) Sir Anthony Hopkins and the fact that I've never heard of this film until recently; 2) director Sérgio Toledo, whose film "Vera" was the latest one I've seen and it's one of Brazil's greatest film of all so I really wanted to see what he could do with a foreigner cast and 3) a film that takes place in Paraguay during Stroessner dictatorship, this thematic rarely presented in films even today. I liked this film but I must say that I won't look forward to see it again due to its poor aspects of presenting a real story that had everything to be greater that it's not.

In "One Man's War", Hopkins plays an English medical doctor living with his family in Paraguay and treating the poor people from the surroundings, who has his life turned upside down when his son was mysteriously murdered in what could have been an attack to him since he's opposed to the military dictatorship of the country. The doctor and his family will take lots of risk while trying to prove that the government was involved in the murder.

The story is too simple, at times very unrealistic but for the most part is quite melodramatic, and it takes a lot to make us immersed in it. It gets helped by the performances of Hopkins, Norma Aleandro, Fernanda Torres (always excellent) and Rubén Blades (playing the lawyer who helps the family in this journey). Maybe it was because I've seen countless films with this theme (resembles "Missing" a lot but never touches its greatness) or unknown reasons but I felt that this film missed something, it never fulfilled much of my hopes which is sad because Toledo demonstrated great talent in "Vera". To make things even sadder this is his last film, and according to trivia section he quit making films after getting a hard time from the perfectionist main star. Don't know if this was real or not but every rumor has a little bit of truth hidden but since then he has not directed anything else.

Hopkins fans and those who love real life stories with lots of tension and drama will like this. 6/10


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