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Anchorman manolo bonilla works for a show that broadcasts the hardest sensationalistic stories it can find. After he begins to break the rules to get the story of a serial child killer and rapist, we are left to wonder who the true monster is - the criminal, the media or our society?


Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 40723644
UPC 660200312527
UPC 14 00660200312527
Format DVD
Release Date 6/19/2012
Serial Killers
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The murky ethics surrounding tabloid journalism mix with serial-killer intrigue in this powerful film by Ecuadorian writer-director Sebastian Cordero. John Leguizamo stars as Manolo, a Miami-based television reporter for a Spanish-language, real-crime TV show called One Hour with the Truth. While researching a story on The Monster, a child murderer who has been terrorizing an area of Ecuador, Manolo and his crew wind up in the epicenter of a violent near-lynching when a traveling bible salesman named Vinicio (Damián Alcazár) accidentally hits a small boy with his car and kills him. Terrified of being murdered in jail by the boy's father, the badly beaten Vinicio hints that he is willing to reveal clues to the serial killer's identity to help Manolo get his story on the air. A strange psychological game develops between Manolo--who seems to think he can trick Vinicio into confessing his identity as The Monster (thus getting the scoop of the century)--and Vinicio, who wants to use Manolo's media power to get him out of jail in time to see his his wife give birth to his child.^Leguizamo shows star wattage in the lead; he's great in Spanish-language role, and he delivers a relatively restrained performance as a journalist letting ambition get the better of his judgment. Spanish actress Leonor Watling is also good as his sexy love interest. Gloomy location photography creates a rain-soaked, poverty-stricken ambiance that's memorably unsettling. Alfonso Cuaron and Jorge Vergara (Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN) produce this riveting film.
Entertainment Weekly "[T]he movie is worth seeing for Leguizamo's sinewy urgency, Alcazar's desperate cleverness as the killer, and the squalid, frantic atmosphere of Latin American hunger." 07/22/2005 p.54
USA Today "CRONICAS is a raw and powerful suspense thriller set in Latin America that also is a timely commentary on the tabloid nature and sensationalism of TV news. It examines how far journalists should go to get a story and raises concerns about the methods used to gather sensitive information." 07/08/2005 p.6E
Sebastian Cordero
Leonor Watling
John Leguizamo
Cast & Crew
Damián Alcázar - Star
Leonor Watling - Star
John Leguizamo - Star
Alfred Molina - Star
Jorge Vergara - Producer
Antonio Pinto - Composer
Alfonso Cuaron - Producer
Guillermo Del Toro - Producer
Sebastian Cordero - Screenwriter
Enrique Chediak - Director of Photography
Sebastian Cordero - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 3125
UPC 00660200312527
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 108 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
DVD, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Leguizamo,John
Label Palm Pictures
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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