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Open Wound

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Open Wound
Mono con Gallinas (2013).jpg
Country Ec.jpg Ecuador
ARG.jpg Argentina
Directed by Alfredo León León
Release Date September 6th, 2013
Language Spanish
Studio Dominio Digital and Trivial Media
Distributor Cine Tren (Argentina)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Jorge Rene Pastor
Carlitos Diaz Lider Medrana
Julio Grueso Fabio Nieves
Sergeant Flores Alfredo Espinoza
Subofficer Mario Pietro Sibille

Open Wound (Original Spanish title: Mono con Gallinas, English: Monkey with Chickens) is 2013 Ecuador-Argentine co-production war film directed by Alfredo León León depicting the Ecuadorian–Peruvian War on the southern border in 1941.

Jorge (Rene Pastor) joins the Ecuadorian military and is captured by Peruvian forces. While recovering from his injuries, a fellow captive plans an escape, and Jorge must decide to join him or stay with the Peruvian nurse he has fallen in love with while in captivity.

The movie is based on the life of the great-uncle of the film director Alfredo León León, Jorge León Chávez, who joined the Ecuadorian Army at the age of 18 in time to fight in the border conflict against Peru in 1941. Much of the story is fiction reconstructed from the experiences of Jorge, who was imprisoned for 8 or 9 months by the Peruvian Army in Iquitos and assumed dead, thus appearing in military records as killed in action. The film is not about the war itself, rather it is the story of Jorge's captivity, and it is not considered a biopic or historical document. The name of the film refers to the derisive nicknames given by the opposing sides to their enemies, where the Ecuadorians were called monkeys and the Peruvians chickens.

The following weapons were used in the film Open Wound:


Browning Hi-Power

The Browning Hi-Power is the standard sidearm of the armed forces of both countries and is the only pistol used by Ecuadorian forces throughout the film.

Browning Hi-Power - 9x19mm
Sergeant Flores (Alfredo Espinoza) taking a black beetle with his gun while collecting supplies near the river.

Smith & Wesson 59

An anachronistic Smith & Wesson 59 is the sidearm carried by Peruvian Army Suboficial Mario (Pietro Sibille).

Smith & Wesson 59 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Suboficial Mario (Pietro Sibille) aims his Smith & Wesson 59 at Jorge while the latter escapes from the prison camp.


Mauser Puška vz. 24

The vz. 24 Czech Mauser was the standard rifle of the Ecuadorian armed forces during the 1941 conflict, and is used by Jorge (Rene Pastor) and other Ecuadorian soldiers.

Puška vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Jorge with his rifle while hunting a monkey in the jungle.
View of the rifle with mounted bayonet while Jorge aims at a Shuar Indian who gives him a dead monkey to eat.
The young soldiers shooting some targets at the military camp with their Mauser rifles.

Mauser Gewehr 1871/84

Peruvian Army forces are armed with antiquated Mauser Gewehr 1871/84 rifles, along with Jorge (Rene Pastor), who makes use of a captured rifle. These rifles are rather out of place for frontline military units in 1941 (they were considered obsolete by the time of the First World War). Peruvian forces during the 1941 conflict primarily used more modern Mauser rifles like the Gewehr 1898, as well as the vz. 24 rifle also used by the Ecuadorians.

Mauser Gewehr 1871/84 - 11.15x60mmR
Jorge fires a Gewehr 1871/84 at Suboficial Mario (Pietro Sibille).
The Shuar Indian who gave Jorge food while being guarded by Peruvian soldiers in front of the camp commander.

Machine Guns

MG 42

A slightly anachronistic MG 42 is carried by Julio Grueso (Fabio Nieves) and fired in a scene when the Peruvian troops attack Jorge's camp. This film takes place in 1941, a year before the adoption of the MG 42 by Germany. The MG 34 would be a more period-accurate choice. Ecuador had a close alliance with Germany at the start of World War II, with Germany being the main supplier of modern machine guns that were used by the military until the 1950s.

MG42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Julio Grueso (Fabio Nieves) with the MG 42 over his shoulder as he and his friends arrive at the military camp. One does not envy the real soldiers who had to hike through the sweltering jungle while carrying all that equipment!
A close-up of the MG 42 used during weapons handling training, as seen in a behind-the-scenes video. It is one of the machine guns kept in the collections of the Ecuadorian Army.

Behind-The-Scenes Weapons

Although these weapons did not actually appear in the movie, these weapons were used to train actors in firearm handling in preparation for playing their characters. The filming of the film took place near a military base of a jungle warfare special forces brigade of the Ecuadorian Army known as Iwia- specially in the province of Puyo, in the eastern Amazon of Ecuador.

According to the director of the film, the same armed forces supported the production with the uniforms and weapons used at that time.

M1 Carbine

While it is unlikely the M1 Carbine was actually used by the armed forces during the conflict, this weapon was historically used by the National Police of Ecuador.

M1 Carbine with heat shield, adjustable rear sight and 15-round magazine - .30 Carbine
Fabio Nieves shooting a M1 Carbine at a military shooting range.

Heckler & Koch HK33

The Heckler & Koch HK33, the current standard issue rifle of the Ecuadorian Army, also makes an appearance.

Heckler & Koch HK33A2 with 40-round magazine - 5.56x45mm
Fabio Nieves shoots an HK33 fitted with a 30-round magazine in fully-automatic during the shooting of the behind-the-scenes reel.


The FN MAG, Ecuador's current standard issue machine gun for both infantry and vehicle use, also appears.

FN MAG 58 - 7.62x51mm NATO
A Ecuadorian soldier teaching some of the actors how to properly aim.

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