The Last Circus

December 17th, 2010


The Last Circus

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1937, Spain is in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War. A "Happy" circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by a militia...

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.5/10 (3,531 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: Álex de la Iglesia

Stars: Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, Carolina Bang

1937, Spain is in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War. A "Happy" circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by a militia. Still in his costume, he is handed a machete and led into battle against National soldiers, where he single handedly massacres an entire platoon. Fast forward to 1973, the tail end of the Franco regime. Javier, the son of the clown, dreams of following in his father's career footsteps, but has seen too much tragedy in his life-he's simply not funny and is only equipped to play the role of the Sad Clown. He finds work in a circus where he befriends an outlandish cast of characters, but as the Sad Clown he must take the abuse of the brutish Happy Clown Sergio, who humiliates Javier daily in the name of entertainment. It is here that he meets Natalia, a gorgeous acrobat, and abused wife of Sergio. Javier falls deeply in love with Natalia and tries to rescue her from her cruel and violent husband...

Carlos Areces - Javier
Antonio de la Torre - Sergio
Carolina Bang - Natalia
Manuel Tallafé - Ramiro
Alejandro Tejerías - Motorista-fantasma (as Alejandro Tejería)
Manuel Tejada - Jefe de pista
Enrique Villén - Andrés
Gracia Olayo - Sonsoles
Sancho Gracia - Coronel Salcedo
Paco Sagarzazu - Anselmo
Santiago Segura - Padre-Payaso tonto
Fernando Guillén Cuervo - Capitán miliciano
Jorge Clemente - Javier (Joven 1943)
Fofito - Payaso listo
Sasha Di Bendetto - Javier (Niño 1937) (as Sasha Di Bendetto)


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Release Date: 17 December 2010

Filming Locations: Alcoy, Alicante, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain

Box Office Details

Budget: €7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: €646,917 (Spain) (17 December 2010) (303 Screens)

Gross: $40,029 (USA) (6 November 2011)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Edward James Olmos was interested in working with Álex de la Iglesia. He was in talks to play one of the main characters, but finally he couldn't accept because of his busy schedule.

Anachronisms: When Andres is arrested, he says "maderos" to the policemen, but this word was not yet used at this time. He shoould have said "grises" (grey) because this is the color of the police uniform - only years later would it become brown. ("Madero" is log or piece of wood, which is why people called policemen "maderos").

User Review

Wonderful, beautiful and tragic!

Rating: 10/10

A magic tale of terror, dark humour and tragedy!! I think that this film is like a mix of Rodrigues, Jarmush and Kusturica... gripping and strong whilst dark, random and ghastly at the same time. Romantic and disgusting in one film. de la Iglesia beautifully makes the whole film look like a circus performance with all characters exaggerated to the point that even Franco looks like a clown. Though I appreciate that this film is probably not for everyone, I think that it's an original and interesting portrayal of, amongst other things, love and war during horrors of Spanish civil war - an interesting contrast to del Toro's "El Labiirinto del Fauno"!


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