Alatriste (2006)




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Set during the 16th century war in Flanders, the tale of a rogue mercenary and his adventures.


Viggo Mortensen
as Alatriste
Elena Anaya
as Angelica de Alquezar
Javier Cámara
as Conde Duque de Olivares
Jesús Castejón
as Luis de Alquézar
Juan Echanove
as Francisco Quevedo
Ariadna Gil
as Maria de Castro
Enrico Lo Verso
as Malatesta
Eduardo Noriega
as Duque de Guadalmedina
Nacho Pérez
as Íñigo (14 años)
Blanca Portillo
as Bocanegra
Nadia de Santiago
as Angélica (14 años)
Unax Ugalde
as Íñigo Balboa
Luis Zahera
as Pereira
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Critic Reviews for Alatriste

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Its visual flair and some good perfs by well-known contempo Spanish actors cannot redeem an over-episodic, over-busy script with little dramatic undertow.

Sep 26, 2006 | Full Review…

The Arturo Perez-Reverte novels come to vivid life in this beautifully shot, if unevenly paced epic.

Sep 19, 2006

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Apr 18, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

In this adaptation of the popular Spanish novels, there's political intrigue, unrequited love, and epic battle scenes but the sheer quantity of events can't distract from the film's lack of quality moments and depth; U.S. theatrical prospects are iffy

Feb 10, 2007 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Alatriste

Viggo Mortensen is of course the perfect choice for the battle-hardened Captain who has to fight fellow musketeers and court intrigues. The action is much like the film itself: realistic, unspectacular, grounded, and blunt. Sadly, the pacing is off several times, some of the parts of the film feel very episodic. The flow suffers from that and makes the film feel much longer than it already is. Which is too bad, because there are moments of brilliance. Several scenes even look like old period paintings. Unfortunately, that's not enough to entertain.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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This Spanish period piece is beautifully shot, well cast and well acted. The sword play is possibly the most realistic ever to be seen on film emphasising the brutality and pragmatism of its life or death nature and paying no homage to the sport of fencing that has developed since and usually influences such movies. The suffocating political, class and religious undertow of those times is thematic and frames the protagonist's efforts to exist with dignity in the most difficult of circumstances. Don't be put off by the subtitles if you don't speak Spanish - it's an excellent picture.

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The Shrewlord

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