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Herod's Law (1999)

La ley de Herodes (original title)
Mexico, 1949. The fable of a janitor turned Mayor on a little town lost in the Mexican desert, who gradually realizes how far his new acquainted power and corruption can get him.

Director:

Luis Estrada

Writers:

Luis Estrada (screenplay), Luis Estrada (story) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Damián Alcázar ... Juan Vargas
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... López (as Pedro Armendáriz)
Delia Casanova ... Rosa
Juan Carlos Colombo ... Ramírez
Alex Cox ... Gringo
Miguel Ángel Fuentes ... Pancho
Noemí García Noemí García ... Secretaria
Guillermo Gil Guillermo Gil ... Cura
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ... Gobernador
Leticia Huijara ... Gloria
Luis de Icaza Luis de Icaza ... Alcalde Alfredo García
Eugenia Leñero Eugenia Leñero ... Esposa del nuevo alcalde
Eduardo López Rojas Eduardo López Rojas ... Doctor
Yari Lorenzo Yari Lorenzo ... Esmeralda
Pedro Lorza Pedro Lorza ... Cadáver
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Storyline

After the corrupt former Mayor is killed by the peasants, poor janitor Juan Vargas is appointed new Mayor of a desert town in central Mexico. Although he tries to bring the motto of the ruling party to town (modernity, peace and progress) he realizes soon that there's nothing to do against corruption... except to become corrupt. Step by step, helped by his pistol, Juan Vargas becomes the law and the worst Major in the town's history. Written by Maximiliano Maza <mmaza@campus.mty.itesm.mx>

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

18 February 2000 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Herod's Law See more »

Filming Locations:

Zapotitlán, Puebla, Mexico See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie's release was forbidden for several years. From the time that filming started, the Mexican government wasn't very happy about it; mainly because it presented a bad image of that administration. The filmmakers fought back, and the conflict reached the press. So the movie had to be released, to avoid rumors about political censorship. See more »

Quotes

Juan Vargas: No me hables en inglés hijo de la chingada; ahora si, pinche gringo, se acabó la deuda externa!
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Connections

References Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Que me lleve la tristezza
Music and Lyrics by Marcial Alejandro
Performed by Salvador "El Negro" Ojeda
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Excellent movie, a must-see for every latinamerican
2 February 2003 | by jcperez_1974See all my reviews

Herodes' Law is great and perfectly accurate parody of the corruption that characterizes most of the Latin America's states (for not saying ALL of them). Brilliantly, director Luis Estrada uses a very poor small town to develop his exaggerate parody about the behavior of Latin-American rulers. I'm sure that for us who were raised in small Latin-American towns, have notice that our governors are just a small sample of how things works in the official grounds.

Good photography, characters perfectly conceived and excellent performances makes Lay Ley de Herodes a very enjoyable, sometimes disgusting, film. Don't miss it 9/10


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