Colonia

Colonia

DVD - 2016
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A woman attempts to escape an evil, torturous cult run by a Nazi in order to rescue her boyfriend and overthrow a terrifying military regime. Inspired by shocking true events!
Publisher: New York, NY :, Screen Media Films,, [2016]
Description: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Colo

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dsw3914
Oct 22, 2018

Another decent time killer if you like tension. Based on some things that happened during the Allende/Pinochet era in Chile. What was that? 1970ish? Don't know my history enough to say for sure. Shame on me. Also, I saw the word "Nazi" and assumed it would take place in Germany. My bad. No doubt the the bad guy was truly an evil guy in real life, and that is putting it very, very mildly.

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JILLYJELLY
Jul 19, 2018

OMIGOSH, I LOVED this movie!! Riveting.

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ScorchingSun
Jun 06, 2018

More disturbing than terrifying. A constant, unchanging gloom with nothing to leaven the mood begins to pall.

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mr_chocolate
Apr 30, 2018

A.K.A. The Colony. High marks for this thriller based on facts about a secluded colony run by a convicted pedophile ex-nazi in 1961 in Chile, after fleeing West Germany after World War II. Paul Schaffer, played by Michael Nyqvist (I.T.: 2016; John Wick: 2014; and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy: 2009), a German lay preacher and a former army medic ran this cult behind security fences while Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet used the German commune as a torture camp, and hid weapons and poison gas on the premises.
This film sets the story during the 1973 coup d'etat, while a girlfriend, played by Emma Watson (Harry Potter series: 2001 - 2011; Bling Ring: 2013; Beauty and the Beast: 2017 ;and The Circle: 2017) watches her boyfriend Daniel Bruhl (Captain America: Civil War: 2016; Zookeepers Wife: 2017; and The Cloverfield Paradox: 2018) be taken away by the police and follows her efforts in finding him.
The dictatorship was established after the democratically-elected socialist government of Salvador Allende was overthrown by a CIA-backed coup d'état on 11 September 1973, and was in power until 1990.
The five minute bonus is short but worth the watch, but be sure to watch the film to the end to read it's summary text.

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22METZ
Nov 15, 2017

This is a true story of a cult allowed to exist in Chile. It was like a concentration camp. Horrific things were done. It was run by a pedophile and the leader of Chile allowed it. It was used to get rid of dissidents and hide weapons.

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firefly5
May 03, 2017

This is not what I thought it would be. I thought this was a movie about political events. Instead it was centred around violence, torture and an insane and controlling Nazi. Wasted time on this movie.

LoganLib_Kirra Apr 26, 2017

An interesting and honest film about horrible true events.

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richmole
Feb 03, 2017

This is ground covered before in dramatic film (Missing, with Jack Lemmon winning Best Actor at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival), but this time it's done as a thriller. Some suspense (will they escape?) but more fascinating--and factual--than thrilling.

It's a good one, based on true stuff, which the movie updates after the climactic scene. you won't forget it.

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ausnos
Feb 02, 2017

Boring. I did not care about any of the characters.

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Vivica
Jan 31, 2017

It was hard to believe that this movie was based on actual events...so I did some research...and it is true - yikes!! Even though most are folks are familiar with the historic overview, this story covers little known events ( I've never heard about this at all!!) - so it was very enlightening ....truth is truly stranger than fiction and considering the times we live in...this well acted movie is definitely worth watching!!

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jimg2000
Jan 20, 2017

One of the many articles on the Colonia and Schafer in the net. The wheels of justice turn slowly in this case:

http://www.religionnewsblog.com/3149/rich-commune-exists-in-shadow-of-dark-roots

Knight Ridder Newspapers, Apr. 24, 2002
By Kevin G. Hall, Knight Ridder Newspapers

COLONIA DIGNIDAD, Chile – The rows of corn grow tall and straight at Colonia Dignidad, one of the world’s richest communes. Its timber products, baked goods and sausage, renowned for their quality, are sold nationwide. Its 65-bed hospital provides the region’s best health care. One of the commune’s elderly German hausfraus seems friendly enough, offering a traveler some apple juice for the road.

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jimg2000
Jan 20, 2017

Opening dialog:
Santiago de Chile, 1973. Political riots have been destabilizing the entire country. Chile has become the
latest battleground of the cold war with the united states turning its back on the young democracy. Meanwhile, the Soviet union guarantees its support. The us government Salvador allende is nothing but a communist who needs to be kicked out from office. Hundreds of thousands of people are taking to the streets of Santiago de Chile in support of president Salvador allende. Experts see Chile at the verge of a civil war. The world is holding its breath as we wait for the latest developments in Chile.

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