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      No One Writes to the Colonel

      Released Jun 2, 1999 1h 58m Drama List
      Reviews 62% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings An elderly veteran (the Colonel), waits for his pension patiently, hoping it will come in each Friday's mail, even as his wife suffers from asthma, and he attends to a valuable gamecock that belonged to their son, who was killed over it. The whole world, or at least the town they live in, seems to be against this elderly couple. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 4/5 Oct 7, 2005 Full Review Greg Dean Schmitz Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies Rated: 4/4 Nov 13, 2001 Full Review Read all reviews

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      johann m 🇲🇽 Basada en la novela de Gabriel García Márquez del mismo nombre, esta célebre historia sobre un viejo coronel que espera la pensión que nunca llega y malvive en una casa con su esposa y su gallo, fue llevada a la pantalla grande por el director mexicano Arturo Ripstein, y aunque la historia es adaptada en un entorno mexicano y no colombiano, logra contar la misma historia del libro. Sin embargo, su tercer acto puede llegar a ser un tanto repetitivo y tedioso y no alcanza a superar las expectativas del espectador. El realismo cruel y las metáforas que maneja la novela se pierden un poco en su adaptación. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member García Márquez addresses familiar themes and social violence through a theatrical adaptation that feels to the bones - The symbols employed enrich the mechanics of a couple facing the ambitions of those around them and the stormy tortures that the death of their son has inherited them. 93/100 Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member very slow in the story, it not catchs Gabo spirit Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member It was an incredibly sad, depressing and poignant movie. I did love the colonel and his wife, but the fact no good news ever came, and that the ending broke my heart, made me really wish I hadn't started watching this movie. The villagers were harsh people, and Salma Hayek was great as the streetwalker who loved their son, but I think the real credit goes to the Colonel and his wife for their portrayal of despair and love through it all. If you can handle a real tear-jerker, a great film. A Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member En verdad solo por el tema , por ke me parecio demasiado "plana" Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member As bad as "love in the time of cholera" what is gonna be next a remake of Rulfo's "Pedro Paramo" with Gael Garcia Bernal. Ripstein is great making a film like "Principio y Fin" Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis An elderly veteran (the Colonel), waits for his pension patiently, hoping it will come in each Friday's mail, even as his wife suffers from asthma, and he attends to a valuable gamecock that belonged to their son, who was killed over it. The whole world, or at least the town they live in, seems to be against this elderly couple.
      Director
      Arturo Ripstein
      Producer
      Jorge Sánchez
      Screenwriter
      Paz Alicia Garciadiego, Gabriel García Márquez
      Distributor
      Fox
      Production Co
      Televisión Española (TVE), Gardenia Producciones, Amaranta Films, Le Studio Canal +, Producciones Amaranta, Tornasol Films S.A., Tabasco Films, DMVB Films
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Spanish (Spain)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 2, 1999, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 19, 2014
      Runtime
      1h 58m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby
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