- Original title
- Running time
- 100 min.
Ugo Pirro, Giorgio Arlorio
Gian Maria Volonté,
Co-production Spain-Italy-France; Action Film / Sabre Films / Vides Cinematografica
Thriller | Terrorism. ETA. Based On A True Story
- Synopsis / Plot
- A film about Basque terrorism when terrorist group ETA killed Spanish Government President Carrero Blanco. Operación Ogro ("Operation Ogre") was the name given by ETA to the assassination of Luis Carrero Blanco, the then Prime Minister of Spain in 1973 and the successor of Francisco Franco, the then Spanish dictator. This attack was carried out on 20 December 1973.
An ETA commando rented a basement flat at Calle Claudio Coello 104, Madrid on the route over which Carrero Blanco used to go to Mass at a church. Over five months, this group dug a tunnel under the street - telling the landlord that they were student sculptors to disguise their real purpose. The tunnel was packed with 80 kg of explosives that had been stolen from a Government depot.
On 20 December 1973, a 3-man ETA commando group disguised as electricians detonated the explosives by command wire as Carrero Blanco's Dodge Dart passed. The explosion sent Carrero Blanco and his car 20 metres into the air and over a five-storey building. The car crashed down to the ground on the opposite side of a Jesuit college, landing on the second-floor balcony. Carrero Blanco survived the blast but died shortly afterwards. His bodyguard and driver were also killed instantly.
: David di Donatello Awards: Best Director
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