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Torrente is a Spanish cop comedy set in Madrid in the 1990’s that tells the story of former police inspector José Luis Torrente. His total lack of good manners, plus his fondness for seedy bars and adult magazines, assure that his despicable personality does more damage than the criminals he is supposed to chase.
In a desperate attempt to get back into service, he starts an investigation into a Chinese drug smuggling ring. He picks Rafi, a not-so-clever fishmonger, and his friends to help him. Underlying motivation for this unlikely choice of companions is Torrente’s attempt to make a romantic move on Rafi’s niece Amparito.
This movie (full title:Torrente, The Stupid Arm of the Law (Spanish: Torrente, El Brazo Tonto de la Ley) marks the starts of the Torrente franchise. Next to a video game, several movies were to follow; Torrente 2, Mission in Marbella in 2001, Torrente 3, The Protector in 2005 and Torrente 4, Lethal Crisis in 2011.
The following weapons were used in the film Torrente:
Torrente (Santiago Segura) uses a Llama Scorpio revolver as his side-arm throughout the movie. Rafi (Javier Cámara) also uses it on several occasions. In the beginning of the movie, the gun accidentally drops from Torrentes holster and Rafi picks it up, before giving an elaborate description of the gun.
Llama Model 8
A local drug lord (actor unknown) carries a chromed Llama Model 8 pistol with pearl grips as his side-arm throughout the movie. Even though it strongly resembles a M1911A1 (both in design and dimensions), it can be identified by the large ventilated rib on top of the slide.
Rodrigo (Antonio de la Torre), one of drug lord’s henchmen, carries a Beretta 92SB-C throughout the movie. It is identifiable by the round trigger guard and the barrel which has roughly the same length as the slide.
Torrente also uses a Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II in several scenes, most notably in the scene where he takes Rafi to a public park for shooting lessons. It is not, as might be expected, a Spanish copy but rather an original Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II, the difference being that the Spanish copy has a circular retracting handle whereas the one on the Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II is more shaped like a lever.
Most thugs from the drug smuggling ring carry the CETME C2, a Spanish version of the Sterling Mk. IV submachine gun that is recognizable by the straight magazine, rather than the curved one on the original version, and a more ergonomic handgrip.
Unidentified Submachine Gun
During the climatic shoot-out at the old warehouse, 4 thugs are firing the same unidentified submachine gun. The magazine well is located very much to the front and the overall design appears to be 1950-s and it bears some resemblance to the Madsen M50.
Remington 870 Slug Gun
During the supermarket robbery scene, one of the robbers is carrying a Remington 870 Slug Gun with a sawn-off stock and what appears to be some kind of custom-made pistol grip.