Latino

Overview

The fighting between the Sandinista government in Nicaragua and the Contra rebels backed by U.S. money and expertise is the focus of this pro-Sandinista film by Haskell Wexler. The appropriately named Eddie Guerrero translation Eddie "Warrior" is a Vietnam War veteran sent to help out the U.S. Special Forces as they train and abet the Contras in their forays across the border from Honduras into Nicaragua. Eddie becomes romantically involved with Marlena Annette Cardona, and at first they see eye-to-eye on ...
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Overview

The fighting between the Sandinista government in Nicaragua and the Contra rebels backed by U.S. money and expertise is the focus of this pro-Sandinista film by Haskell Wexler. The appropriately named Eddie Guerrero translation Eddie "Warrior" is a Vietnam War veteran sent to help out the U.S. Special Forces as they train and abet the Contras in their forays across the border from Honduras into Nicaragua. Eddie becomes romantically involved with Marlena Annette Cardona, and at first they see eye-to-eye on politics and the need to overthrow the Sandinistas. Then the excesses of the Contras in their raids across the border are brought home to Eddie, while Marlena sees that the new Nicaraguan society is not what Contra propaganda claims. For some viewers, the couple's eventual conversion to supporting the Nicaraguan government may seem like one more cog in an anti-Contra diatribe, which is regrettable since Wexler could have given this film enough nuances to present the subtleties of the conflict and still prove his point.
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Special Features

One On One: Haskell Wexler Chats with Tim Rhys of MovieMaker Magazine; ; Director's Commentary; Production Gallery
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2011
  • UPC: 881394112421
  • Original Release: 1985
  • Source: Cinema Libre
  • Region Code: 0
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English, Español
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 63,172

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Beltran Eddie Guerrero
Annette Cardona Marlena
Tony Plana Ruben
Rico Lopez Attila
Luis Torrentes Luis
Marta Tenorio Rosa-Madre
Michael Goodwin Becket
Walter Marin Gilberto
James Karen
Graciela Amaya Dona Flora
Mayra Juarro Ana Maria
Roberto Lopez Tomas
Gavin McFadden Metcalf
Roberto Munguia Guillermo
Maria Ines Tenerio Josefina
Bob Young Fred Dwyer
Julio Medina Salazar
Juan Carlos Ortiz Marlena's son
Technical Credits
Haskell Wexler Director, Cinematographer, Screenwriter
Javier Bajaña Co-producer
Francesca Bartoccini Production Designer
Benjamin Berg Producer
Fernando Castro Art Director
Robert Dalva Editor
Little Steven Songwriter
Diane Louie Score Composer
George Lucas Executive Producer
Luis Armando Martinez Makeup
Michael Ornstein Editor
Marianela Salgado Set Decoration/Design
Newton Thomas Sigel Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Latino
1. Latino [7:00]
2. Commandos [5:08]
3. El Porvenir [6:00]
4. The Argonomist [6:07]
5. Combat Manuevers [8:26]
6. Crude, But Sweet [7:41]
7. This Is War [5:48]
8. Attached [7:34]
9. Play All [8:25]
10. Nicaragua [9:51]
11. Gun Fire [7:52]
12. A Bad Time [6:44]
13. Invasion [10:12]
14. Attack [7:56]
15. Credits [3:30]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Latino
   Play
   Chapter Index
   Extras
      Filmmaker Commentary
         Commentary With Director Haskell Wexler & Field Producer Greg Landau: On/Off
      One On One With Haskell Wexler
      Photo Gallery
      Production Notes
      Trailer
   Cinema Libre Studio
      Also From Cinema Libre Studio
         South of the Border
         The End of Poverty?
         2501 Migrants
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