Salvador (2006)





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Director Manuel Huerga teams with screenwriter Lluis Arcarazo to explore the life and death of the last man executed by the garrote in this biopic following the life of leftist Spanish bank robber and revolutionary Salvador Puig. The product of a leftist bourgeois household, Salvador (Daniel Bruehl) railed against Franco's oppressive as a young student, and soon turned to bank robbery as a means of contributing to the radical labor movement. When a cop is killed during one of the robberies and Salvador is captured, the trial to determine the young activist's fate is swift. Though Salvador does put some hope into the chance for a reprieve, his grim fate is ultimately sealed when a bomb kills Franco's president. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Salvador

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Lluis Arcarazo's unfocused script fails in the first half to generate enough sympathy for the charming but irresponsible protag, but then switches gears and piles on the sentiment in pure TV movie fashion once execution time approaches.

Full Review… | May 25, 2006
Top Critic

Where we should be caught up in the emotion of a man staring death in the face, we are marvelling at the clunky switch from Seventies crime thriller to run-of-the-mill prison melodrama.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for Salvador

I just finished watching this film...hadn't found anywhere until now. Didn't disappoint me at all. This is a 2 hr long film and you never feel it. I wanted to see it because I know of the Salvador Puig Antich case & this film you do see the reality of what happened, Bravo to Manuel Huerga & Lluis Arcarazo, great job & also to the actors the performance was great! This is a story that make laugh, get mad, get happy, get sad....without knowing you involve all of your emotions.

Ana Araiza
Ana Araiza

Daniel Bruhl is a decent, contemporary actor from Germany. Perhaps this story is so distant & unrelated to me, the only thing left worthwhile to see is the mood building-up, & the abrupt but interesting relationship description between Salvador (Bruhl) & the prison guard (Leonardo Sbaraglia).


Pretty good political movie. Daniel Brühl did a very good job dealing with the Spanish language in the movie. Acting was OK though.

Bruno Lot
Bruno Lot

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