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In Spain of the 1960s, a poor family of quinquis - a nomadic ethnic group with a tradition as old as that of the gypsises of Spain but with even more obscure origins - have a nomadic life marked by poverty. The son, Eleuterio Sánchez Rodriguez, nicknamed "El Lute", steals some chickens and is condemned to six months in jail. El Lute moves to the slum outskirts of Madrid with his common law wife, Chelo, starting an itinerant life as a peddler of pots and pans and living in a quinqui shantytown. He gradually embarks upon as life of petty criminality, eventually participating in the theft of a jewelry store during which a bystander is killed.

  1. Vicente Aranda

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Joaquim Jordà


  3. Eleuterio Sánchez


Top Billed Cast

  1. Imanol Arias

    Imanol Arias

    Eluterio Sánchez 'El Lute'

  2. Victoria Abril

    Victoria Abril


  3. Antonio Valero

    Raimundo Medrano

  4. Carlos Tristancho

    Carlos Tristancho

    Juan José Agudo

  5. Diana Peñalver

    Diana Peñalver


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Lute: Forge On or Die
Lute: Forge On or Die



Original Title El Lute: Camina o revienta

Status Released

Release Information

  • September 19, 1987


    Not recommended for audiences under 18.

Original Language Spanish; Castilian

Runtime 2h 3m

Budget -

Revenue -



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