The Pinochet Case
The Pinochet Case (2002)

Between 1973 and 1990, nearly 1,200 Chilean political dissidents who dared to speak out against tyrannical dictator Augusto Pinochet "disappeared" from their homes, to be tortured and executed by government-backed death squads.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2002
DVD Release Date: September 4, 2012
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

What a long, strange saga it is.

Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News

The determination of Pinochet's victims to seek justice, and their often heartbreaking testimony, spoken directly into director Patricio Guzman's camera, pack a powerful emotional wallop.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

All the while, in newsreel footage, Pinochet struts around pompously in his absurd, operatic uniform, keeping Chile safe. For whom?

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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post

It will take a strong stomach for the ordinary viewer to maintain an appetite for Pinochet apologetics after this litany of suffering.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

It ultimately stands forth as an important chronicle of the abuses of one of Latin America's most oppressive regimes.

Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

Aside from stumbling over some clunky visual metaphors Guzmán does a decent job of telling a story many outside Chile simply don't know.

Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle


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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

The Pinochet Case is a searing album of remembrance from those who, having survived, suffered most.

Joshua Tanzer

The powerless wait a long time for justice, and sometimes their only justice is to finally tell their story.

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