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Gun City (2018)

La sombra de la ley (original title)
TV-MA | | Thriller | 11 October 2018 (Spain)
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In 1921 a tough cop is sent from Madrid to Barcelona to locate stolen military weaponry.

Director:

Dani de la Torre

Writer:

Patxi Amezcua
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luis Tosar ... Aníbal Uriarte
Michelle Jenner ... Sara
Vicente Romero ... Inspector Rediú
Manolo Solo ... El Barón
Paco Tous ... Salvador Ortiz
Jaime Lorente ... León
Pep Tosar ... Comisario Verdaguer
Ernesto Alterio ... Tísico
Adriana Torrebejano ... Lola
José Manuel Poga ... Mallorquín
Fredi Leis Fredi Leis ... Beltrán
William Miller ... García Serrano
Albert Pérez ... Manco
Ricardo de Barreiro Ricardo de Barreiro ... Jefe de Turno
Paula del Río Paula del Río ... Elisa
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In the hard and convulsive times of the Spain of 1921, Aníbal Uriarte is a veteran soldier of the Morocco War reconverted as cop who is sent by his superior from Spain's capital Madrid to Barcelona (Catalonia, north-east to Spain) in order to locate an important amount of military weaponry from a train, stolen apparently by revolutionary anarchists. To his arrival to the city Uriarte meets Inspector Rediú, a corrupt officer together other cops as the violent Tísico and young Beltrán, and El Barón, owner of the famous cabaret Edén where he exploits to his dancers as Lola, filming in addition adult movies implying minors and lesbian women only for the high society's eyes. At the same time Salvador Ortiz is the leader of a peaceful riot in an important company of the city, in the fight by the workers' rights, and Salvador's daughter and telephone operator Sara leads her own revolution to defend women's rights. Learning quickly to move in a sea of conspirators, corrupts and traitors, ... Written by Chockys

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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

11 October 2018 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Gun City See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ernesto Alterio's character is named by his birth name, Miguel Ángel, only twice throughout the movie. See more »

Goofs

Due to stringent gun control laws, movie prop departments in Spain face extraordinary difficulties obtaining period-appropriate weapons. In the first scene, in which a train is attacked in Barcelona in 1921, the firearms displayed by both sides are implausible and/or wildly anachronistic:
  • M1 Garand rifle. Designed in 1936.
  • M1 carbine. Designed in 1941.
  • Sten sub-machine gun. Designed in 1941.
  • MP 40 sub-machine gun. Designed in 1938.
  • Lee Enfield rifle. While they existed in 1921, they were never in service in any Spanish law enforcement agency or the military, who were issued the ubiquitous Mauser bolt rifles and carbines.
  • Thompson sub-machine gun. While they existed in 1921 (having been designed in 1918), they would have been unheard of in Spain, as they entered production that year and were sold in small quantities to some federal and Law enforcement agencies in the US, the Marines and some armies in Latin America.
Not only that, the defenders of the train, presumably military, display the above collection of firearms (except for the sub-machine guns, carried by the attackers), implausible for any uniformed body, who would have been issued the same model of rifle (in Spain, the Mauser family of rifles and carbines). See more »

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Global criticism, good Spanish action!
12 October 2018 | by genesis_friendsSee all my reviews

The movie takes place in Barcelona in early 20's. The movie begins with an espectacular what-it-used-to-look-like overview of the Catalan capital. The films is beautifully shot, and details are well taken care of, such as fashion, cars, street cars, building, decorations, and even the beginning of the construction of Sagrada Familia, however the director takes too much joy into twisting the camera. By the same token, some fighting scenes are confusing by the lack of stability of the picture.

The plot keeps the audience intrigued and lets them judge who the good guys and vilants of the story are.

What the movie puts unabashedly on the table is a social denunciation: who wants war and why.


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