Ogro / Operación Ogro (1979)

4.5 out of 5

Starring former Italian Communist Party member Gian Maria Volontè Operación Ogro is a Spanish, French and Italian co production with an Italian, Gillo Pontecorvo, at the helm. It is a political thriller based on real events during the Franco regime in Spain in the 1970s. Released in 1979 it is inconceivable that such a film could have been made in Spain during the final years of the Franco Government.

Occasionally Ogro has a eurocrime feel about it but in truth it is a million miles away from exploitation cinema.

The events chronicled in this movie involve the ETA assassination of a probable Franco succcessor Carrero Blanco. To achieve this the ETA cell tunnel under a road and plant enough explosives to blow the target's car clear over the buildings in the street. This results in an absolutely mind blowing and spectacular cinema set piece.

This movie more that keeps the viewers interest. It draws us in to the detail of the story and engrosses us in the lives of characters. Ogro is a delicious piece of European political thriller that carries on a great film tradition that brought the world such titles as the delightful multi award winning Z. This is no mean feat for a movie that is largely based around a group of men digging a hole under a road.

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