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There Be Dragons

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There Be Dragons
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Movie Poster
Country ARG.jpg Argentina
Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Roland Joffé
Release Date March 25, 2011
Language English
Studio Mount Santa Fe
Ransom Films
Antena 3 Films
Distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films
Entertainment One
SP Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Josemaría Escrivá Charlie Cox
Manolo Torres Wes Bentley
Roberto Torres Dougray Scott
Leila Azoulay Golshifteh Farahani
Ildikó Petőfi Olga Kurylenko
Oriol Rodrigo Santoro
Honorio Soto Derek Jacobi

There Be Dragons is a 2011 war film following the early life of Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei (Work of God), told through the flashbacks of Manolo Torres, a fictional friend of Escrivá. Most of the story is told during the Spanish Civil War, where Torres struggles with being a spy for the Nationalists whilst fighting alongside Republicans, and Escrivá struggles with being a Catholic priest in Republican-occupied territory.

The following weapons were used in the film There Be Dragons:



Mauser C96

A Mauser C96 "Red 9" is the preferred sidearm of Manolo Torres (Wes Bentley). He uses it to execute a CNT strike leader, and later Hungarian communist and love interest Ildiko (Olga Kurylenko) .

Mauser C96 "Red 9" - 9x19mm
The Mauser sits in Manolo's desk.
Manolo after executing a CNT ringleader.
Manolo prepares to kill Ildiko.

Colt M1911

Colt M1911s are seen in the hands of Republicans throughout the film, most notably used to execute a Catholic Priest.

Colt M1911 - .45 ACP
Fired up by good, old-fashioned socialist zeal, an unknown person flags Manolo with his 1911. At least his finger isn't on the trigger.
A CNT official prepares to execute a priest.
A Republican MP de-cocks his 1911 after finding out he was searching the apartment of a superior officer.

HAFDASA Ballester-Molina

A Ballester-Molina is used by Oriol to kill himself so he doesn't have to execute Ildiko. Again likely used due to the filming in Argentina, and standing in for the Star Model A widely used in the Spanish Civil War.

HAFDASA Ballester-Molina - .45ACP
The Ballester-Molina in Oriol's hand.


Mauser Model 1909 Carbine

The Argentine Mauser 1909 Carbine is by far the most seen weapon on screen, easily identified by its distinctive endcap and bayonet lug. This was likely intended to stand in for the similar Spanish M1895 carbine and was used due to the filming in Argentina. It is used by Manolo and Ildiko, and also by various Nationalist and Republican extras.

Mauser Modelo 1909 Carabina de caballería - 7.65x53mm Mauser
Manolo and Ildiko fire their carbines at advancing Nationalists. Notice the spent blank cartridges.

Mauser Model 1909

1909 Argentine Mauser turn up quite a bit in this film, always in the hands of extras, and never fired, standing in for Spanish M93s.

Mauser Modelo 1909 - 7.65x53mm Mauser
A Nationalist soldier aims his Mauser.
A Carlist aims his M1909 at Manolo's position.

Submachine Guns

M3A1 Grease Gun

An anachronistic Grease Gun is seen in the hands of a Moroccan Nationalist soldier.

M3A1 "Grease Gun" - .45 ACP
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M1A1 Thompson

An anachronistic M1A1 Thompson is used by communist agitator Oriol (Rodrigo Santoro) after he acquires it from a dead Nationalist. It is never fired. It might be standing in for the earlier M1928 Thompson (Which was used in small numbers by Republican forces in Catalonia and American volunteers).

M1A1 Thompson - .45 ACP
Oriol poses with his new toy.
Oriol isn't happy about Nationalist air superiority.

Labora Fontbernat M1938

When Oriol has to fire his M1A1 Thompson, it is replaced by a Labora Fontbernat M1938 SMG mocked up to look like a Thompson.

Labora Fontbernat M1938 (unloaded) - 9x23mm Largo
Oriol fires the weapon. Note the muzzle device; which is probably meant to emulate the Cutts Compensator used in the earlier models of the Thompson.

Machine Guns


An FN MAG is used by Nationalists. The gun is an anachronism but was probably used to impersonate a machine gun of the period, as it is only seen for a few seconds.

FN MAG 58 - 7.62x51mm NATO
Nationalists fire their MAG at a Republican position.

Maxim gun

What appear to be Maxim machineguns are seen mounted on a Lancia IZ armored car

Maxim 1895 on tripod - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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T-26 Light Tank

A Soviet-made T-26 appears in one of the battle scenes. During the Spanish Civil War, the Soviet Union was the only country to supply the Republicans with heavy equipment overtly. Interestingly, only Russian crews were allowed to crew these tanks.

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Heinkel He-51 fighter

A He-51 appears in the film, used by Nationalists to bomb Madrid, almost killing Father Escrivá. The He-51 was supplied to the Nationalists very early in the war by Germany. Initially, they were flown by German pilots of the Condor Legion. As more modern planes became available to the Condor Legion, Spanish pilots took over flight duties of the He-51.

Notice the Nationalist roundrels.

Lancia IZ

The Lancia IZ armored car that appears in the film, is used by the Nationalist forces during the last battle scene. The Italian Forces operated these armored cars under the Nationalist cause during the Spanish Civil War. The one used in the movie was fitted with two Maxim-derivative Machine Guns and a speaker that was used as a microphone.

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