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Release Date: June 29th, 2001

DVD Release Date: October 21st, 2008

R|1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary
In a prison cell somewhere in Latin America, two very different men warily confront each other. Molina (William Hurt) is first seen wrapping his head in a towel, in the shape of a turban, while Valentin (Raul Julia), bearded and classically macho in appearance, watches with a mixture of fascination and revulsion. During the time spent together, the two men come to understand and respect each other.

Cast: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga, José Lewgoy, Nuno Leal Maia, Antonio Petrim, Denise Dumont, Milton Gonçalves

Director: Hector Babenco

Genres: Drama

Distributors: Strand Releasing

Keywords: Transformation, Prison, Fascinating, 1980s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Tells one of those rare and entrancing stories where one thing seems to happen while another thing is really happening. show more

  • Each man winds up owing the other -- and the enormity of the sacrifices they make on one another's behalf are quite moving and have not been duplicated in the movies since. show more

  • Don't be too quick to jump on Hurt with complaints of old-fashioned gay stereotyping. Only with a development well into the movie will the audience realize the layers he brought to Molina's role-playing. show more

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Winner Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Best Picture
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama