Escuadrón

Escuadrón. 1987.

  • Director: José Antonio de la Loma
  • Duration: 91 minutes
  • Genre: action
Synopsis: Four men specialists in all kinds of martial arts, counter-terrorism activities espionage techniques form a group called "Squadron". This group is hired to protect Kassar, a democratic leader and political refugee in Ibiza who is part of the opposition to the dictator who brutally rules the fate of a country in the Middle East. A violent confrontation will force "Squadron" to use all their weapons.

Commentary:

‘Escuadrón’ is an ambitious Spanish-Mexican co-production whose budget amounted more than 265 million pesetas. It was filmed in autumn 1986, with exterior shots filmed in Barcelona, ​​Vilanova, Castelldefels, Arenys de Munt and Ibiza. In the film there appear pictures of Es Codolar, Santa Eulària des Riu, Hacienda Na Xamena Hotel in Sant Miquel, Es Caló d’en Real in Sant Josep and the Marina district in Vila and other Ibiza locations.

The film is influenced by the successful action movie ‘The Delta Force’ (1986), starring Chuck Norris and Lee Marvin. ‘Escuadrón’ began the shooting with the temporary title ‘The Hurricane Force’ and in the United States was finally distributed under the title ‘Counterforce’.

Spanish director José Antonio de la Loma is responsible for films known as ‘Stray dogs’ (1977) and ‘I,’ The heifer ” (1985). De la Loma, who had been in charge of the inauguration of the “II Encuentros Cinematogràficos” in Ibiza in 1985. He stated to the newspaper La Vanguardia regafrding ‘Squadron’: “Cinema is evasion, and my film, besides being suitable, can be seen by both a communist or a fascist. People have told me I’m doing a three million dollar comic strip. Yes, I’m making a comic strip for adults and youth, why not?”

‘Escuadrón’ has an international cast with Kabir Bedi (the popular Sandokan from the seventies television series), Louis Jourdan, George Kennedy, who won an Oscar for ‘Cool Hand Luke’ (1967) and funk musician Isaak Hayes, also holder of the same golden statuette for the soundtrack he composed for the action movie ‘Shaft’ (1971).

Commentary written by Enrique Villalonga, head of production companu Filmótica.

References:

La Vanguardia. By Félix Flores. November 21, 1986.

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  • TECHNICAL DETAILS

  • Producer Golden Sun, S.A, Jet Films, In-Cine (Spain) y Producciones Esme (Mexico)
  • Director José Antonio de la Loma
  • Photography Juan Gelpí
  • Art Direction Jordi Artigau
  • Edition José Antonio de la Loma Jr
  • Music Joel Goldsmith
  • Sound designer Jaime A. Puig
  • Casting George Kennedy, Andrew Stevens, Isaac Hayes, George Rivero, Louis Jourdan, Simón Andreu, Kevin Bernhart, Hugo Stiglitz, Susana Dosamantes, Kabir Bedi y Robert Foster