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Cronicas (2005)

Director: Sebastian Cordero     Starring: Leonor Watling John Leguizamo
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40723644
UPC: 660200312527
UPC 14: 00660200312527
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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?
Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Spanish

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal (Music)
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/19/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 108 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 3125
Video UPC UPC: 00660200312527
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Damián Alcázar
Video Cast Info Leonor Watling
Video Cast Info John Leguizamo
Video Cast Info Alfred Molina
Video Cast Info Jorge Vergara - Producer
Video Cast Info Antonio Pinto - Composer
Video Cast Info Alfonso Cuaron - Producer
Video Cast Info Guillermo Del Toro - Producer
Video Cast Info Sebastian Cordero - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Enrique Chediak - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Sebastian Cordero - Director

Professional Reviews

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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Leguizamo,John
Product attributeLabel:   Palm Pictures
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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