800 Balas (800 Bullets) (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

800 Balas (800 Bullets) (2002)

800 Balas (800 Bullets) (2002)



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A hyperstylized tribute to spaghetti westerns courtesy of fearless Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia, 800 Bullets finds young Carlos (Luis Castro) striking out on his own in search of his long-lost father. Swiping his shrewish businesswoman mother's (Carmen Maura) credit card and setting his sights on Almeria, Carlos begins his quest to learn the truth about his father after his curiosity is sparked while thumbing through old photographs. Carlos comes into contact with his alcoholic grandfather Julian (Sancho Gracia) shortly after arriving in Almeria, where the one-time Clint Eastwood stunt double is still chasing his dreams of stardom. Rumored to have caused Carlos' father's death years earlier when a dangerous stunt went horribly awry, Julian now spends his days staging elaborate Western shows for tourists on the abandoned film sets. As the young boy quickly wins the affections of the rough and tumble stunt crew, the arrival of his mother begins to threaten his newfound happiness when she reveals plans of turning the location into an amusement park. As the hapless crew faces the prospect of being displaced by the greed of modern society, they are forced to defend thier territory by replacing their blanks with 800 real bullets.
R (for sexual content/nudity and some violence)
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Western
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Sancho Gracia
as Julián Torralba
Luis Castro
as Carlos Torralba
Enrique Martínez
as Arrastrao
Luciano Federico
as Director de Funerales
Eduardo Gómez
as José María
Ramón Barea
as Don Mariano
Berta Ojea
as Ángeles
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Critic Reviews for 800 Balas (800 Bullets)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

The Spanish wild man Alex de la Iglesia delivers a disappointingly well-behaved film with this sentimental comedy about a boy's reunion with his lovably eccentric grandfather.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Bizarre, bawdy and totally enjoyable.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004
New York Daily News
Top Critic

It thinks it's cute, but it's as charming as an old drunk going on about how he knew Eastwood back in the day.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

800 Bullets has funny moments, but it also has a lot of drag time.

October 29, 2004
New York Post
Top Critic

Álex de la Iglesia's charming comedy celebrates the resilient power of dreams, memories, and the movies.

Full Review… | October 26, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

Lazy slapstick, farfetched melodrama and some fleeting nudity add up to a film that will mean little to those who aren't devotees of the genre.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for 800 Balas (800 Bullets)

[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/coverv/75/237775.jpg[/img] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Carlos grew up with his grandmother and mother. He was always told that his father and grandfather had long since passed away. However, one day his grandmother leaks that his grandfather is still alive. Carlos uses his mother’s charge card to visit his grandfather. Carlos’s grandfather runs a Spaghetti Western stunt show. Carlos finds the show fascinating and a line of work he may want to pursue one day. Despite the grandfathers interesting profession, Carlos ultimately wants to discover the truth about his father.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“You aimed at my balls. It still hurts when I pee.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]Alejandro de la Iglesia, director of Mutant Action, The Day of the Beast, Dance with the Devil, and the upcoming The Oxford Murders (Elijah Wood and John Hurt), delivers 800 Bullets. 800 Bullets has an extremely original and unique storyline. Each character is delivered well. Alejandro de la Iglesia does a great job of displaying the spaghetti western backdrop while developing the mood of the picture. The storyline is also unpredictable and contains several twists and turns that include subtle comedic sequences.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“It’s not an elevator button.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]The opening stage coach shootout, Carlos shooting up the workplace with an orange oozy, the drugs conversation with the grandmother, the taxicab conversation, the “pig” fight, the credit card stealing sequence, the “don’t tell anyone” prostitute sequence, the extra falling onto the police car, the get out of jail party, the Raquel Welch story, the shootout with the police, Carlos blowing up the police car, the “slut” telegram, the playstation gun pistol whip, and the final duel were amongst the better portions of the film.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“My cousin is in movies. He says it’s a full time orgy.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]800 Bullets was one of the first reviews I ever read on Rotten Tomatoes. It was a hard film to find, but worth my efforts. It has a surprising long run time for this genre, 124 minutes, but de la Iglesia makes sure he fully develops each character to perfection. The comedic content was perfect throughout the film. The use of the prostitutes was enjoyable, but probably not appropriate. Nevertheless, 800 Bullets is a unique film that is worth your time.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white]“I disclose the sin, not the sinner.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=white][/color][/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman][color=white]Grade: B- [/color][/font][/size] [color=white][/color]

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Not Iglesia's best, but still pretty good. Worth a look especially if you're a fan of spaghetti westerns

Alex Piyevsky
Alex Piyevsky

this is about a boy. his grandpa works in a show for tourists. and then he has so much fun! i had a hard tiem watching t though.

Lisa Shaw
Lisa Shaw

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