Alsino And The Condor

  • 1982
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

ALSINO AND THE CONDOR presents a devastating view of Nicaragua torn to pieces by war, its people suffering from poverty and starvation, through the eyes of a wonderful young actor, Alan Esquivel. His only desire is to escape the havoc and misery that surround him, which he daydreams about by imagining himself an exotic bird high above the jungles and rotting...read more

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ALSINO AND THE CONDOR presents a devastating view of Nicaragua torn to pieces by war, its people suffering from poverty and starvation, through the eyes of a wonderful young actor, Alan Esquivel. His only desire is to escape the havoc and misery that surround him, which he daydreams

about by imagining himself an exotic bird high above the jungles and rotting cities. He gets his first real chance to fly when friendly American pilot Frank (Dean Stockwell) takes the youngster up in his aircraft, which is painted with the symbol of a condor. But this is not enough for the boy.

Flying in a helicopter is not the real thing, so he must continue to dream. Based on a popular children's novel, the film is an engrossing allegory of the situation in Latin America in which young Alsino represents entire populations of oppressed people, his desire to fly symbolizing their quest

for freedom. A low-budget multinational coproduction (the first film produced in Nicaragua after the Sandinista revolution), ALSINO AND THE CONDOR earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film. Director Miguel Littin had also received one in 1975 for LETTERS FROM MARUSIA. (In Spanish; English

subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1982
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: ALSINO AND THE CONDOR presents a devastating view of Nicaragua torn to pieces by war, its people suffering from poverty and starvation, through the eyes of a wonderful young actor, Alan Esquivel. His only desire is to escape the havoc and misery that surro… (more)

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