The Exterminating Angel (El Ángel Exterminador) (1967)

The Exterminating Angel (El Ángel Exterminador) (1967)




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In this jet black and surreal comedy, a formal dinner party starts out normally enough. After the sophisticated guests retire to the host's exquisite music room, they find that they cannot leave. Hours pass and then days, and as the time plods by, disturbing changes in the formerly-genteel guests occur.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Jacqueline Andere
as Senora Alicia Roc
Jose Baviera
as Leandro
Silvia Pinal
as Letitia, the Valkyrie
Antonio Bravo
as Russell
Nadia Haro Oliva
as Ana Maynar
Javier Loya
as Francisco Avila
Ofelia Guilmain
as Juana Avila
Luis Beristáin
as Christian
Claudio Brook
as Julian the Majordomo
Lucy Gallardo
as Lucia Nobile
Bertha Moss
as Leonora
Enrique Rambal
as Esmundo Nobile
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Critic Reviews for The Exterminating Angel (El Ángel Exterminador)

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (2)

My feeling is that his canvas is too narrow and his social comment too plain to keep our interest fixed upon his people and their barren stewing for an hour and a half.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A macabre comedy, a mordant view of human nature that suggests we harbor savage instincts and unspeakable secrets.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

One of the most celebrated prizes of Mexican cinema.

Full Review… | December 29, 2015

The comedy is as black as an 8 Ball.

Full Review… | July 21, 2012

A wickedly designed, satirical and quite possibly dangerous work.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Absurdity is relative; it requires a reality (or something less absurd) to be contrasted with.

Full Review… | July 29, 2009
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for The Exterminating Angel (El Ángel Exterminador)

This movie criticizes the strangeness of etiquette with a hyperbolic tale of social rules gone wrong. No one can convince themselves to leave, apparently because no one else has left. Its not as though these rules of propriety have turned us into sheep, its that we were sheep to begin with, and these individuals with their nuanced rules are self-blinded of the suffering society around them. As time passes, or is made entirely meaningless, civility is eroded and these people are revealed to be the horny, hungry, irritable and fearful animals found in the rest of the animal kingdom and social classes. It took someone with a bit of free spirit who very early in the movie, before the whole trapped issue, lashes out by breaking a window for no explicit reason. She locks herself in a closet. People are murmuring to each other how she's still a virgin. They try so hard to turn everyone else into sheep just like them. They are fortunate that they failed.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer


A weird satirical piece of work that's thoroughly watchable & fairly enjoyable. Surrealistic movies are generally not my cup of tea, but thankfully, there's more to it here than merely surrealism.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

I have to say that this is probably not eveyones "cup of tea"...but I really enjoyed it. Sure the basic premise has been done before to varying degrees...but you haven't seen this particular "morality tale" until you've seen it told as only Luis Bunuel can tell it. It is one of those films that, the more you think about it...the more you "see". There is so much going on and so much "symbolism" both subtle and blatant that I think you really need to watch it more then once to really "get it". And even then...I think there is much that Bunuel left to "your interpretation". Which I love.

Robert C
Robert C

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