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The Dancer Upstairs

132 min
Drama | Thriller | Crime
IMDB rate:
John Malkovich
1 win & 3 nominations
Country: Spain
Release Date: 2002-09-20
Filming Locations: Ecuador
Opening Weekend: $106,142 (USA) (4 May 2003)
Gross: $2,377,348 (USA) (21 August 2003)
Javier Bardem
Agustín Rejas
Juan Diego Botto
Laura Morante
Elvira Mínguez
Alexandra Lencastre
Sylvina Rejas
Oliver Cotton
Luís Miguel Cintra
Javier Manrique
Abel Folk
Ezequiel / Durán
Marie-Anne Berganza
Lucas Rodríguez
Xabier Elorriaga
Natalia Dicenta
Wolframio Sinué
Ramiro Jiménez
Sergeant Pisac
Montserrat Astudillo
Woman in Pick-up - Edith Pusanga
Galo Urbina
Indian 1 in Pick-up
Jairon Flores
Indian 2 in Pick-up
Lam Chuen
Major Kwan
José Antonio Izaguirre
Isabel Prinz
Quesada's Wife
Ignacio Carreño
Quesada's Bodyguard
Benjamas Boonnak
Chinese Ambassadress
Tito García
Admiral Prado
Veronica Noboa
Model (as Verónica Noboa)
Luis Gaspar
Steve Emerson
TV Producer
Carlos Carrillo
TV Technician
Eusebio Lázaro
Father Ramon
Paulina Aguilar
Shanty Girl
Esteban Salazar
Shanty Policeman
German Nuñez
Manager (as German Núñez)
Pachacutic Chugchilan
Bomb Boy
Diego Naranjo
Captain Montesinos
Montserrat Iglesias
Student / Voice of Radio Announcer
Celina Casari
Maribel Rivera
Ignacio Durán
Theatre Manager
Frida Torresblanco
Woman in Theatre
Ana Lozano
Lola Peno
Javier Páez
Army Colonel
David Aguilar
Boy with a Poster
Raquel Rocha
Woman in Convertible
Alexis Rodrigues
Man in Convertible
Daniel Aguilar
CocaCola Cap
Yousaf Bokhari
Radio Announcer (voice)
Natalia Tarnawiecki
Radio Announcer (voice)
Carlos Thiebaut
Radio Announcer (voice)
Nuevo Repertorio
Theatre Group
Vivian Agüero
Student (uncredited)
Nur Al Levi
Yohana Cobo
Terrorista (uncredited)
Olga Dias
Woman in Café Esplanade (uncredited)
Alicia Garrigues
Actress (uncredited)
Ricardo Lopes
Journalist (uncredited)
Joana Loureiro
Lady (uncredited)
John Malkovich
Abimael Guzman (uncredited)
Devon Walker
Ballet Dancer Prodigy (uncredited)
Did you know?
In the beginning of the film, one of the revolutionaries tells a checkpoint security guard that his dead dog's name is Tupac. Tupac Amaru was the last indigenous leader of the Inca people in Peru and Tupac Amaru II was the leader of the 1780s uprising in colonial day Cusco, Peru. (The late hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur is named after the latter).
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The story is inspired by the Maoist insurgency in Peru known as the Shining Path. Its leader Abimael Guzmán, who was known by the nom de guerre President Gonzalo, was captured in an apartment above a ballet studio in the capital Lima in 1992. The ballet teacher Yolanda was based on Maritza Garrido Lecca, the woman in whose apartment Guzmán was found. Bardem's character was inspired by Benedicto Jimenez and General Antonio Ketin Vidal, the leading figures responsible for Guzmán's capture.
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The depiction of the dogs hanging was based on an actual occurrence where several dogs were found hanging from street lights in central Lima one December morning with profane messages denouncing Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping (who Guzman thought had betrayed the communist revolution). The dynamite inserted into the dogs' bodies was based on rumors that the hanging dogs may have contained explosives, though no explosives were actually found on the dogs when they were cut down.
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The camera that Bardem uses to take Ezekiel's picture at the military checkpoint is a either a Polaroid Model 95 made from 1948 to 1953, or the Model 95B was discontinued in 1958. The picture that Bardem holds is a square format SX70 color shot identified buy its square format and black square on the back. This picture which could not have come from the camera used by Bardem.
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There is a scene were Javier (the main cop) and Yolanda are talking about judging characters, Javier has the book in his hands. One shot, the camera is on Javier then goes back to Yolanda. In between those two shots, Yolanda's position changes.
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In the garbage scene, soon after the Marxism book is mentioned, the female cop changes positions in between shots.
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Agustín Rejas: I'd like to have a list of staff with access to the President's chambers.
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Sucre: What sort of a person would do that?
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Photos from cast
Juan Carlos Vellido