About the film
robbery biography prison escape rural area poverty shack merchero
Lute : Forge On or Die
Release Date: September 19, 1987
|Production Companies||:||MGC Producciones Cinematográficas y Audiovisuales, Multivideo, TVE|
|Producers||:||Isabel Mulá, José María Cunillés|
|Writers||:||Vicente Aranda, Joaquim Jordà, Eleuterio Sánchez|
In Spain of the 1960s, a poor family of quinquis - a nomadic ethnic group with a tradition as old as that of the gypsises of Spain but with even more obscure origins - have a nomadic life marked by poverty. The son, Eleuterio Sánchez Rodriguez, nicknamed "El Lute", steals some chickens and is condemned to six months in jail. El Lute moves to the slum outskirts of Madrid with his common law wife, Chelo, starting an itinerant life as a peddler of pots and pans and living in a quinqui shantytown. He gradually embarks upon as life of petty criminality, eventually participating in the theft of a jewelry store during which a bystander is killed.