Riders of the Dawn (1990 film)

Riders of the Dawn (Spanish: Los Jinetes del Alba) is a 1990 Spanish film, written and directed by Vicente Aranda, an adaptation of a novel by Jesús Fernández Santos. It stars Victoria Abril and Jorge Sanz.

Riders of the Dawn
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Directed byVicente Aranda
Produced byJosé Luis Tafur
Written byVicente Aranda
Joaquin Jorda
StarringVictoria Abril
Jorge Sanz
Maribel Verdú
Music byJosé Nieto
CinematographyJuan Amorós
Edited byTeresa Font
Distributed byRTVE
Release date
  • 1990 (1990) (Spain)
Running time
250 minutes (five episodes)

Made as five-episode television miniseries for Televisión Española, it premiered at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival as two-part feature film. The miniseries was broadcast on La Primera Cadena of Televisión Española in 1991.


The plot follows the life of Marian, a young woman whose greatest ambition is to be the owner of the spa resort, where she works. The action is set in Las Caldas, a small town in Asturias, where the lives of its inhabitants are forever changed by the arrival of the Asturian revolution of 1934 and the Spanish Civil War.


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