The Night of the Pencils (1986)

  |  Crime, Drama, History

The Night of the Pencils (1986) Poster

This films tells the true story of seven teenagers who agitated for reduced student bus fares under two different regimes in Argentina, with tragic results. At first succeeding under the ... See full summary »


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9 March 2007 | rocknroll-eagle
| A film that makes you shudder
I came to watch the movie in my Spanish lesson, and as they are talking very fast, I did not understand everything they said. But what I understood was enough to make me never forget that film. It describes the struggle of the pupils for a student ticket and how the government acts against it. It starts showing students who are enjoying their time, until the plot switches and seven students are taken away into a secret prison. From there on, the viewer feels some kind of apprehensiveness, as the students are kept in cells, blindfolded and handcuffed. It is shown that they are tortured with electric shocks and the screams one hears are really nerve-racking. One cannot believe that these things all happened in Argentinia in the 70s, for it is just unbelievable that human beings can do such cruel things to kids. Still, there is a group of mothers in Buenos Aires whose children disappeared, and a square in the city reminding of those horrible ages in Argentinian history. Most of the "desaparecidos" never turned up again, and no one exactly knows what has happened to them.

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Crime | Drama | History | Thriller | War


Release Date:

4 September 1986


Spanish, English

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Filming Locations

Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina

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