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Release Date: February 24, 2004

Year    :   2004
Slogan    :   «Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.»
Genres    :   Drama
Production Companies    :   Ibermedia, TVE, Tornasol Films, Canal+ España, Invercine&Wood
Director    :   Andrés Wood
Producers    :   Gerardo Herrero, Andrés Wood, Mamoun Hassan, Carlos Johnson, Juan Carlos Arriagada, Eduardo Castro, Julio Jorquera, Nathalie Trafford
Writers    :   Andrés Wood, Eliseo Altunaga, Roberto Brodsky, Mamoun Hassan
RunTime    :   116 mins.
Budget    :   1500000
Revenue    :   3187700

Santiago, capital of Chile during the Marxist government of elected, highly controversial president Salvador Allende. Father McEnroe supports his leftist views by introducing a program at the prestigious "collegio" (Catholic prep school) St. Patrick to allow free admission of some proletarian kids. One of them is Pedro Machuca, slum-raised son of the cleaning lady in Gonzalo Infante's liberal-bourgeois home. Yet the new classmates become buddies, paradoxically protesting together as Gonzalo gets adopted by Pedro's slum family and gang. But the adults spoil that too, not in the least when general Pinochet's coup ousts Allende, and supporters such as McEnroe.

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