Bruto, a simple-minded strongman, is tasked by a ruthless landlord to clear a Mexico City slum of its denizens. His campaign of cold intimidation and vicious attacks results in the death of an old man. His success earns him his master’s gratitude as well as the unwanted attention of Palomar, the landlord’s wife. However Bruto is distracted by his growing affection for Mechee who proves to be a calming influence as he becomes progressively disillusioned at his task.
Inspired by the success of Los Olvidados, El Bruto continues Luis Buñuel’s examination of urban ghettos and the class tension that simmers within it. He is greatly aided by Pedro Armendariz, whose powerful performance as Bruto embodies the contradictions that make this childlike thug a compelling character.
"One of the fascinating melodramas Buñuel made during his early years in Mexico" - Time Out
Cast & Credits: Pedro Armendariz / Katy Jurado / Rosa Arenas / Andres Soler / Roberto Meyer / Beatriz Ramos / Paco Martinez / Gloria Mestre / Paz Vilegas / Directed by Luis Bunuel
Awards: Ariel Awards Mexico, 1954, Won, Best Supporting Actress, Katy Jurado / Ariel Awards Mexico, 1954, Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Andres Soler / Ariel Awards Mexico, 1954, Nominated, Best Cinematography
Technical: 1953 / 77 minutes / Spanish with English subtitles / Mono audio / 1.33 : 1 Black & White / DVD PAL Multi Region / Rating 12 / MRBDVD031
Licensed from Films Sans Frontieres.