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Latino: America's Secret War in Nicaragua (1985)

Robert Beltran , Tony Plana , Haskell Wexler  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Beltran, Tony Plana, Annette Cardona
  • Directors: Haskell Wexler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cinema Libre Studio
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2011
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004U6ITIU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,107 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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About the Director

Two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler was adjudged one of the ten most influential cinematographers in movie history, according to an International Cinematographers Guild survey of its membership. He won his Oscars in both black & white and color, for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) (1966) and Bound for Glory (1976) (1976). He also shot much of Days of Heaven (1978) (1978), for which credited director of photography Nestor Almendros -- who was losing his eye-sight, won a Best Cinematography Oscar that Wexler feels should have been jointly shared by both. In 1993, Wexler was awarded a Lifetime Achivement award by the cinematographer's guild, the American Society of Cinematographers. He received five Oscar nominations for his cinematography, in total, plus one Emmy Award in a career that has spanned six decades. Now 86 years old, Wexler was active as r recently as 2007. In addition to his masterful cinematography, Wexler directed the seminal late Sixties film Medium Cool (1969) and has directed and/or shot many documentaries that display his progressive political views. He was the subject of a 2004 documentary shot by his son Mark Wexler, Tell Them Who You Are (2004).

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The morality of a secret war comes under scrutiny in this realistic drama set in Nicaragua. Eddie Guerrero (Robert Beltran) is a Chicano Green Beret and a Vietnam veteran who has always been a model soldier. But now he s in the jungles of Latin America fighting a war that s not his and against an enemy that includes innocent civilians amongst its victims. Officially, he and his American comrades aren t even there --- they re ordered into combat without their dog tags. And slowly Eddie begins to question what he s doing and why. His deep soul searching leads him to some very difficult decisions which deeply affwect his actions and could influence the fate of a nation. Written and Directed by multiple Academy Award winning cinematographer, Haskell Wexler, LATINO is a hard hitting, fast paced story of politics, power and the personal side of war that will leave you with plenty to think about.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of history wrapped around a story January 19, 2008
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Make no mistake this is a film that involves a political war and a small piece of history that most of us won't be aware of but while the story itself is made up the facts of what occurred is real.
Robert Beltran gives a great performance of a Latino green beret who comes to question his assignment and ultimately wakes up the viewer to ask themselves if what the government is doing at any given time the right thing. After all we are only told bits and pieces of these things and films such as this one help to clarify. To bad it's only available on vhs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice movie January 15, 2012
Format:DVD
it's a good movie, it really describes the other side of the story, the soldier side, this chicanos US soldiers sent to nicaragua to train the contras and forced to fight without their dog tags cause US didnt want dead american soldiers in a nicaraguan civil war, that made them feel like they were not doing the right thing and they shouldn't even be there, it was a real story, i'm Costa Rican and i know some central-american history, i remember about this nicaraguan civil war, but i didnt know USA was financing the contras, interesting story, it would be better to read about the contra and sandinistas history before watching this movie, cause it'll help you understand it better, cause i think that in the movie is not very clear which side of that civil war was the right side. i liked it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost Latinos May 29, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
A film passed over. Theme of the movie shows U.S. as the bad boy
on the block. That is why it got very little notice, hardly
available and who would care, except left wing radicals who
care about social injustice perpetrated by the Empire against
the people shown clearly in the film. I wondered how the movie
got made in the first place given the anti-US slant. The scenes
were enlightening and the somewhat filmy/grainy visual effect
added to the surreal quality. Very scarry. Characters were a
back drop to the theme. I was afraid of the CIA barging into my
home to confiscate the video and taking me in for questioning
as to why I was watching this film as they pulled my finger nails
out and my arms out of their sockets. Few have knowledge of this
movie and the U.S. government is happy to keep it that way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In whom do you trust? May 3, 2012
By Sanity
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie is highly political and got a lot of flack from the establishment when it was released. It is quite possibly based on a true story, in my opinion, but there is no way to verify that. Thought provoking! "Unrated" but I'll give it an "R" rating, or at least a "PG-13" (war violence, language, nudity, sexual situations).
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