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Cabo Blanco (1980)

Caboblanco (original title)
In 1948, an assortment of shady characters are searching for Nazi loot, sunken off the coast of Peru.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Víctor Andrés Catena (story), Jaime Comas Gil (story) (as Jaime Comas) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Gifford Hoyt
Jason Robards ... Gunther Beckdorff
Dominique Sanda ... Marie Claire Allesandri
Fernando Rey ... Police Captain Terredo
Simon MacCorkindale ... Lewis Clarkson
Camilla Sparv ... Hera
Gilbert Roland ... Dr. Rudolfo Ramirez
Denny Miller ... Horst
James Booth James Booth ... John Baker
Jorge Russek ... Provincial Minister
Clifton James ... Lorrimer
Ernest Esparza III Ernest Esparza III ... Pepe (as Ernest Esparza)
José Chávez José Chávez ... Bustamante
Carlos Romano Carlos Romano ... Miguel
Martin LaSalle ... Aparicio
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Storyline

Offshore near Caboblanco, Peru, an explorer of sea wrecks is murdered. However, local authorities decide that the official cause of death is "accidental drowning." Among the skeptical is Giff Hoyt, an expatriate American, longtime Caboblanco resident and popular innkeeper. Giff's interest is further piqued when Marie arrives in town. Her passport is confiscated by the corrupt authority, and Giff protests. Furthermore, a Nazi named Beckdorff lives in a well-fortified compound near town, and he might be responsible for the explorer's death. Beckdorff himself seeks sunken treasure in the area, as well as protection from local interference. Can Giff Hoyt stifle the evil Beckdorff, save the lovely Marie, and possibly even locate sunken treasure? Written by veloc <velo_00@yahoo.com>

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Caboblanco. Where legends are born. See more »


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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cabo Blanco See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During production of this movie, Charles Bronson said: "It's not the role I accept, it's the possibility of the picture being entertaining. I work for the whole, not for myself. I work for the audience. I've always felt that people deserve that much when they pay to see your picture. This is why, when I choose a role, I believe in giving what I feel is worth the price of a ticket. I believe in giving service." See more »

Goofs

When the diving device is raised from the deck(at around 3 mins), the winch is rotating in the wrong direction, and when the capsule is lowered into the water, the rotating direction is the same as when lifting. See more »

Quotes

Gifford Hoyt: I don't want that girl to die here like the Englishman.
Gunther Beckdorff: How can I be responsible, whether she lives or dies? Death comes to us all, Giff, at one time or another. And to die in Caboblanco, well... there's always that colorful cemetery on the beach.
Gifford Hoyt: I'm glad you think it's colorful. Because if anything does happen to that girl... rest in piece.
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Alternate Versions

A much longer version of this film was released in theaters in Europe. The Clifton James character is featured in several scenes in this version. His entire role was cut out in the shorter American version. See more »


Soundtracks

I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Words & Music by Irving Berlin
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a return to bronson's European roots
13 April 2012 | by kuciakSee all my reviews

It is no secret that Charles Bronson became a star in Europe before he became one in the US because of Death Wish. In Cabo Blanco, somewhat a takeoff of 'Casablanca', Bronson starred in the most European looking of all his movies. Yes he did films in Europe like Love and Bullits, and there is a brief sequence in Naples of the superior 'The Mechanic.' But due to casting, it has a feel of a European movie, the most since Someone Behind the Door'. Of course, the film does take place in Peru, and was filmed in Mexicao, but certainly the participation of the film with Dominique Sanda, Fernando Rey, and Camilla Spav certainly gives the film that feel. Also it is only the other time that Bronson worked with Jason Robards, (Once Upon a Time in The West) this time as a villain.

It is also perhaps the most romantic film that Bronson has done, and all though he was 58 when he did the film, he looks the younger than he had ever looked since his role as Jeff in 'Violent City'.

It is also a curious puzzle in Bronson's career, as it did not get much theatrical play in the US, if at all. Why this is has never been explained. On first viewing, it is an entertaining film, at least I was when I first saw it in 86 on video. Perhaps one of the problems also was that it was short at 87 minutes, and Bronson's popularity was on decline, though, sadly, the Cannon films with Death Wish II, and 10 to Midnight, with its incredible violence would shoot Bronson back up to big box office status.

It would be, I believe, the last time we would see Bronson without a shirt on. Perhaps he might have been having trouble keeping that athletic looking body that he had, less than 20 years later he would need a hip replacement.' In fact, in the film, he is seen that way from the back, as he walks away from camera, it is almost as if he is saying through this scene, you won't see me with my shirt off again.

This is a fun movie to watch, also if you are a person who likes to see a lot of naked women, you won't be disappointed. Though I don't recommend it for that.

The film does have its flaws though, The song 'The Very Thought Of You, gets played to many times that it becomes a cliché. Also the climax, and some of the scenes before that are so contrived and silly. I would also suggest that it is condescending to some of the supposedly native Peruvians, though this might harkin back to the days of the 40 American movies, which have some scenes which begin in black and white. However, if you think about it, the ending shot is ironic, and can make one think. The narration does add a veneer of sophistication to the film. Listen very closely at the end, as you might miss some important details.


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