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Plutarco Elías Calles (1984)  link to Plutarco Elías Calles on IMDb  

Number: 369

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Country: Spanish, 45 minutes

Spoken Languages: Spanish

Genre(s): Documentary

Director(s): Jaime Kuri Aiza

Cast: Pedro Armendáriz Jr. (as Narrator), Plutarco Elías Calles (as Himself , archive footage)

Medium: Original DVD,

Plot Outline: Mexican revolutionary and political figure Plutarco Elías Calles came from dire poverty and a dysfunctional family, his father was a severe alcoholic who never married his mother, and he got involved in politics at an early age. A supporter of reformist President Francisco I. Madero, who appointed him Commissioner of Police, Calles took to politics like a duck to water, and it wasn't long before he had risen up through the ranks to become an army general. He was commander of the federal army in his home state of Sonora during the Mexican Revolution, and his forces defeated those of another Mexican revolutionary, Pancho Villa, at the Battle of Agua Prieta in 1915. He was eventually made governor of Sonora and gained a reputation as a fervent reformer, concentrating especially on the rights of workers, he gave them the right to collective bargaining, which they never had, and instituted a social security program, among other things. However, his reformist policies incurred the wrath of Sonora's wealthy and powerful landowners, known as "hacendados", and their allies in the upper echelons of the Catholic Church, all of whom fought his efforts at every turn. Eventually relations between Calles and the Church deteriorated to the point where he expelled all Catholic priests from Sonora.

Loaned: No

Aspect ratio: Unknown

Apr 26, 2017