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

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The fighting between the Sandinista government in Nicaragua and the Contra rebels backed by U.S. money and expertise is the focus of this pro-Sandinista film by Haskell Wexler. The appropriately named Eddie Guerrero (translation Eddie "Warrior") is a Vietnam War veteran sent to help out the U.S. Special Forces as they train and abet the Contras in their forays across the border from Honduras into Nicaragua. Eddie becomes romantically involved with Marlena (Annette Cardona), and at first they see eye-to-eye on politics and the need to overthrow the Sandinistas. Then the excesses of the Contras in their raids across the border are brought home to Eddie, while Marlena sees that the new Nicaraguan society is not what Contra propaganda claims. For some viewers, the couple's eventual conversion to supporting the Nicaraguan government may seem like one more cog in an anti-Contra diatribe, which is regrettable since Wexler could have given this film enough nuances to present the subtleties of the conflict and still prove his point.

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Cast

Robert Beltran
as Eddie Guerrero
Rico Lopez
as Attila
Julio Medina
as Edgar Salasar
Juan Carlos Ortiz
as Juan Carlos
Marta Tenorio
as Rosa-Madre
Roberto Munguia
as Guillermo
Mayra Juarro
as Ana Maria
Bob Young II
as Fred Dwyer
Graciela Amaya
as Dona Flora
Walter Marin
as Gilberto
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