Alatriste is a 2006 Spanish epic historical fiction war film directed by Agustín Díaz Yanes, based on the main character of a series of novels written by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, The Adventures of Captain Alatriste (Las aventuras del Capitán Alatriste).

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAgustín Díaz Yanes
Produced byÁlvaro Augustín
Antonio Cardenal
Written byAgustín Díaz Yanes
Arturo Pérez-Reverte
StarringViggo Mortensen
Elena Anaya
Music byRoque Baños
CinematographyPaco Femenia
Edited byJosé Salcedo
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • 1 September 2006 (2006-09-01)
Running time
145 minutes
Box office$23 million

The film, which stars Viggo Mortensen, is the second most expensive Spanish language film ever made in Spain (about €24 million – US$30 million); only preceded by Agora. It portrays Spain of the 17th century using both fictional and real characters. Twentieth Century Fox has bought the rights to the film.[1][2][3]


The story takes place during the 17th century in the Spanish Empire. Diego Alatriste is a soldier in the service of King Philip IV of Spain during the Eighty Years' War. The story begins in the Spanish Netherlands, where his tercio fights in the Dutch Revolt. His friend Lope Balboa is killed during the fighting, and Alatriste returns to Madrid where he takes Lope's young son Íñigo into his care.

Alatriste is hired along with a Sicilian assassin named Gualtiero Malatesta to kill the Prince of Wales (the future King Charles I of England) and his companion, the Duke of Buckingham. The job is contracted by Emilio Bocanegra and Luis de Alquézar (uncle of Íñigo's love interest, Angélica de Alquézar). Alatriste finally returns to the Netherlands in 1624 (although the movie states 1625) and participates in the final battles leading to Breda's surrender. After returning to Spain, Íñigo wants to elope with Angélica, but she gets cold feet at the last moment. Alatriste has a romance with actress María de Castro. Because she was disappointed that she failed to marry him, she became the lover of Philip IV. Alatriste ends up crossing swords with Guadalmedina, a friend of the king. In the end, the object of their attention falls ill with syphilis. The duel with his friend Martín Saldaña and the punishment of Íñigo in the galleys are part of the film's spectacular ending.

The last scenes are at the Battle of Rocroi (May 1643), described in the last book of The Adventures of Captain Alatriste saga. During the battle, Abel Moreno Gómez's "La Madrugá" is playing as the defeated army's march and this is where it is assumed that Alatriste dies.

The plot of the film has elements from each of the five books published up to the premiere, and it maintains the same storyline for the main characters. It includes excerpts from the future books of the saga.


Antonio Resines, originally slated to appear as Saldaña, almost retired from the entire movie due to a traffic accident; however, he makes a cameo appearance in the Battle of Rocroi as a musketeer officer.

The film was released on 1 September 2006.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Alatriste filming in La Caleta beach, Cádiz, Spain

At the 21st Goya Awards the film was awarded and nominated for the following categories:

(Spanish name)
Actor/Actress Result
Best Film
(Mejor película)
Best Lead Actor
(Mejor actor Principal)
Viggo Mortensen Nominated
Best Supporting Actor
(Mejor actor de reparto)
Juan Echanove Nominated
Best Supporting Actress
(Mejor actriz de reparto)
Ariadna Gil Nominated
Best Screenplay
(Mejor guión adaptado)
Agustín Díaz Yanes Nominated
Best Direction
(Mejor director)
Agustín Díaz Yanes Nominated
Best Production Supervision
(Mejor dirección de producción)
Cristina Zumárraga Winner
Best Musical Score
(Mejor música original)
Roque Baños Nominated
Best Production Design
(Mejor dirección artística)
Benjamín Fernández Winner
Best Costume Design
(Mejor diseño de vestuario)
Francesca Sartori Winner
Best Cinematography
(Mejor fotografía)
Paco Femenia Nominated
Best Editing
(Mejor montaje)
José Salgado Nominated
Best Make-Up and Hairstyles
(Mejor maquillaje y peluquería)
José Luis Pérez Nominated
Best Sound
(Mejor sonido)
Pierre Gamet Nominated
Best Special Effects
(Mejores effectos especiales)
Reyes Abades
Rafael Solorzano


  1. ^ "Captain Alatriste: The Spanish Musketeer(2006)". Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Alatriste (2006)". Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Summer readings: Captain Alatriste by Arturo Pérez-Reverte". Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e López López, Yolanda (2017). El Siglo de Oro en el cine y la ficción televisiva: dirección artística, referentes culturales y reconstrucción histórica. Madrid: Asociación Cultural y Científica Iberoamericana. p. 399. ISBN 978-84-16549-70-2.

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