Victorinos

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Los Victorinos
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Format Romance - Action, Telenovela
Created by Gustavo Bolívar
Miguel Otero Silva (original novel)
Developed by Telemundo Studios
RTI Colombia
Directed by Ramiro Meneses
Mario Mitriotti
Starring Mauricio Ochmann
Arap Bethke
Roberto Manrique
Francisco Bolivar
Carolina Sepulveda
Sara Corrales
Jacqueline Marquez
Theme music composer Miguel de Narváez
Opening theme Victorinos
Country of origin United States
Colombia
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 153
Production
Executive producer(s) Hugo León Ferrer
Producer(s) Jorge Sastoque Roa
Location(s) Medellín, Ibagué, Bogotá
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 42 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Telemundo
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Stereophonic sound
Original run June 23, 2009 (2009-06-23) – February 5, 2010 (2010-02-05)
Chronology
Preceded by Sin Senos no hay Paraíso
Followed by Donde está Elisa?
Related shows Cuando quiero llorar no lloro
External links
Website

Victorinos is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo. It debuted on June 23, 2009, replacing Sin Senos no hay Paraíso and concluded February 5, 2010.

The telenovela is a remake of the 1991 RTI Colombia weekly series Cuando Quiero Llorar No Lloro (best known in Colombia as Los Victorinos), which in turn is based in the homonymous 1970 novel by Venezuelan writer Miguel Otero Silva. Ramiro Meneses, who is currently directing the Telemundo telenovela, starred as one of the Victorinos in the 1991 RTI series.

The serial ran from Monday to Friday to run for over 26 weeks. As with most of its other soap operas, the network broadcasts English subtitles as closed captions on CC3. Ironically, this show was replaced by the original serial of the show, it had replaced. (Victorinos replaced Sin Senos no hay Paraíso and Victorinos was replaced by Sin Tetas No Hay Paraíso, which was the original version of 'Sin Senos" on Telemundo). Telemundo is currently re-airing the series at 12:30/11:30 PM slot

Plot[edit]

The story begins with four men, all born the same day, each named Victorino. The first one (Victorino Mora), poor and less fortunate, was born into a loving family composed by his mother and stepfather and later on, 2 younger siblings. Not much longer however, his biological father killed the man he knew as his dad and doomed him to a life of crime filled with hate and vengeance.

The second one is born into a family of upper class (Victorino Gallardo). His father was a criminal and when he turned old enough, he followed into his father's steps.

The third one was born in a middle-class family and appreciated all the good things he had in his life (Victorino Manjarres). Since birth his father pushed him to be a general in the army, but could not and ended serving in the police department.

And, the fourth one (Victorino Perez), was born to a schemer (get rich fast, very rich, though as a result of undermining people) and his much younger buxom wife, he dies of a heart attack and she dies soon after giving birth to Victorino. The baby was later adopted into a middle-class family. His adoptive mother (Gloria) was a tool for a gay couple ( Franchesca and Julian Perez) who wanted to adopt him, but later on stayed and became part of the family.

The day of their birth, a prominent fortune-teller, (Norman Ragner), predicted their fate: The day when the three Victorino's meet, one of them will die. After revealing this prophecy Ragner suddenly dies of an apparent heart attack. The prophecy is not taken seriously at first until Victorino Gallardo's mother, discovers that there are two, and then later three Victorinos, causing her to find out everything about the prophecy. It's soon discovered that there's not THREE but FOUR Victorinos, as a result Mrs. Gallardo pushes the issue further and discovers that Ragner had an assistant (Phillip duMonde), who we find out later in the novela that his interest in the matter sparks from the death of his son, who was a victim of a prior prophecy, he remembers the Ragner saying that if four people of the same name have the same birth date meet, TWO of them will die.

A turning point in the story occurs when Mora is hired to work for Gallardo, his first job with the "Clan Gallardo" is to kill a famous political figure who's ironically riding in Julian's (Victorino Perez's adoptive father) taxi, Mora succeeds in killing the politician, but was forced to have to kill Julian, so that there's no eyewitness. (Julian though seriously wounded, eventually fully recovers and recognized Mora as the killer, being that he knew Mora from when he was a schoolmate of Victorino Perez) at the same time Manjarres gets admitted to the police academy, with his first order of action to do away with the "Clan Gallardo".

As time progresses, many truths get realized by each other, (most notably, that Mora's first theft involved robbing Gallardo's house and falling in love Gallardo's sister Diana) alas causing rifts but some alliances toward each other (A notable example is when Manjarres and his fiance/fellow cop Claudia are chasing Mora, who they by then know he attempted to kill Julian, and was at least an accomplice to the death of the politician) and Claudia gets stuck on some railroad tracks with an oncoming train, Mora stops his pursuit and decides to help save Claudia. Along the way all 4 Victorinos get to know at least 2 of the other Victorinos, whether as schoolmates (in the case of Mora and Perez), cop and inmate (in the case of Manjarres and Mora) as boss and henchman (in the case of Gallardo and Mora) and fugitive and cop (in the case of Gallardo and Manjarres).

Manjarres is ready to marry Claudia, but Gallardo angered by Manjarres' pursuit decides to kill him, instead killing Claudia and paralyzing Efrain (Manjarres' father), as a result Manjarres quits the police force and becomes a vigilante with a sole purpose to kill Gallardo to avenge the death of his future wife. Meanwhile, in addition to the charges Mora is charged with, he's charged with kidnapping Diana (the reality being Diana left on her own free will to be with Mora), only igniting Gallardo's anger toward Mora, who ever approved of his love to his sister. And, Perez knowing it was Mora who attempted to kill his father, also has a grudge on his former friend.

It is noted to say, that all through the show, there's been occasions where three Victorinos were at the same place, at the same time, and when this would happen, a sudden thunderstorm, with a gust of wind would occur.

Then, comes a day where by fate all four Victorinos are at the same place, when Mora and Gallardo are in jail, Manjarres being at the jail knowing Gallardo is now there and Perez, who was driving a woman to the jail (later revealed as a mother of an inmate who helps smuggle a bomb into a jail) at the same time, the bomb explodes causing a hole in the jail wall allowing the prisoners to escape. Gallardo escapes being chased by Mora, with Manjarres not far behind, Diana who was waiting outside the jail to visit Mora and to tell her brother he loved Mora sees this and calls for Mora, he turns around to see her and is shot in the back four times and is killed by Victorino Gallardo, and the second of the four Victorino's dies (Victorino Perez) as a result of just being down the street of the jail, having stayed around to see the commotion and is shot by one of Victorino Gallardo's main henchmen "El Carnicero" and later died in the hospital. It's here where it's discovered that "the 4th Victorino" (Victorino Perez) isn't named "Victorino" after all, as he was adopted and the adoption agency, misinterpreted his name as being "Victorino" when it was "Victor", (so in theory him being killed did not fulfill the prophecy of two Victorinos being killed). However, the viewer learns that another Victorino, one not seen or known about on the program died the same day as Victorino Mora named "Victorino Jimenez", as a result the prophecy was fulfilled and was not averted, as a result a new prophecy would begin. duMonde knowing that the attempt to avert the prophecy failed, begins to investigate clues on what the new prophecy could be, and discovers in Ragner's old papers, that after a prophecy involving four people is fulfilled, the new prophecy involves three people of the opposite sex (in this case women) falling in love with the two survivors of the last prophecy. duMonde realizes this and tries to avert this, but just three months after the deaths of the Victorinos the new prophecy begins when we ecome introduced to the Victorinas.

the first Victorina, (Victorina Salinas) is a psychologist and clairvoyant, who though is engaged to a pilot named Marcos, falls in love with Victorino Manjarres.

The second Victorina, (Victorina Fernandez) is a lifeguard at a five-star resort owned by a multi-millionaire (Mr. Crosweit), he would later fall in love with her, and have aspirations of promoting her to the position as the head supervisor of all the lifeguards of all his resorts. But, she meets Victorino Gallardo, who's at that resort hiding out after the deaths of the Victorinos, and persuades her to marry then kill Mr. Crosweit, and each split the inheritance half and half. She would later deceive Victorino but decides to go forward with the plan to marry and then kill him for the money.

The third Victorina, (Victorina Cruz), ran away from her hometown with her younger sister, to escape the murderer of her parents, whom wants her or her sister as his wife, she later gets mistaken as a criminal, meets a prisoner (Lucia), who suggests she should be a boxer, due to her fighting skills. She would coincidentally move in with Lina Maria, Karen and Amparo (Victorino Mora's family) who had a vacant room available.

At the end, this prophecy and seemingly any other possible prophecy becomes averted by the success of a ritual performed by Phillip duMonde (the professor who was the assistant to the fortune-teller mentioned earlier), Martina Manjarres (Victorino Manjarres' mother) and Victorina Salinas, where they successfully follow the scrolled instruction, and essentially turned away death. As a result, none of the Victorinas were killed for falling in love with a Victorino.

The 2nd Victorino (Victorino Gallardo) is killed by being shot four times in the torso by the 3rd Victorino (Victorino Manjarres),whom that same day was reinstated into the police,but, since this death was not as a result of a Victorina falling in love, this death does not count as a result of the prophecy. Manjarres then updates us a month after the killing.

Victorina Fernandez does not succeed with the attempt on Mr. Crosweit's life and her and Marcos (Victorina Salinas' ex-fiance and later revealed as Mr. Crosweit's pilot) get arrested by the police, Victorina for the assassination attempt on Mr. Crosweit, and Marcos for attempting to help her leave the country.

The rest of the events, take place, months later as Victorina Cruz, in a sense coming full circle, meets the woman she met in the jail (Lucia) for the country's championship and defeats her and then later, wins the world title.

Victorina Salinas gets married to Victorino Manjarres on their 25th birthday (November 11, 2010), (as it's also revealed that all the Victorinos and Victorinas were born on the same exact day, November 11, 1985, as it was assumed that the Victorinos shared a birthday and the Victorinas shared a birthday, but not that both sets shared the same birthday) and Victorina ends up getting pregnant, expecting a boy.

And, in the end Victorino Manjarres gets promoted for his work with the destruction of Victorino Gallardo and his "Clan Gallardo" and is the new captain, with the possibility of being promoted to his ultimate goal, as stated in the early episodes of the serial, and fulfilling his father's dream of being a general.

Ratings[edit]

Telemundo set a ratings record for the debut of its new telenovela, Victorinos. Based on final Nielsen ratings, the show, an original Telemundo production, which aired from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., averaged 995,000 adult 18-49 viewers, making it the Spanish-language net’s highest-rated original 10 p.m. premiere in network history. [1]

Cast[edit]

Main Cast In Order of Appearance:

Actor/actress Character Known as
Mauricio Ochmann Victorino Mora (protagonist)hired killer (sicari or assassin) but he does it to protect the safety of his family; the main hero; "In love with Diana Gallardo" (dies-shot four times by Victorino Gallardo)
Roberto Manrique Victorino Manjarrés main hero (main protagonist) (Police Officer) In love with Victorina Salinas has a baby with her
Arap Bethke Victorino Gallardo antagonist, Drug Dealer brother of Diana, (killed by Victorino Manjarres)
Silvia de Dios Angela Riquelme de Gallardo mother of Victorino Gallardo

Juan Carlos Salazar Alejandro Gallardo Father of Victorino Gallardo

Noelle Schönwald Martina de Manjarrés mother of Victorino Manjarrés
Gustavo Angarita Jr. Efraín Manjarrés father of Victorino Manjarrés (paralyzed)
Claudia Liliana González Lina María Céspedes mother of Victorino Mora
Juanita Humar Amparo Aunt of Victorino Mora
Norma Nivia Cristina lover of Alejandro Gallardo
Karina Cruz Claudia Garcia " Victorino manjarres Girlfriend ", (killed by Victorino Gallardo)
Linda Baldrich Karen Hernández sister of Victorino Mora
Julián Farietta Camilo Hernández brother of Victorino Mora
Teresa Gutiérrez (actress) Aurora Grandmother of Victorino Gallardo
Ricardo Gomez Escobar Georgie Virtual Gigolo who dates with Aurora Gallardo just to steal. Coincidentally played Victorino Perdomo (middle class) in the 1991 RTI series.
Isabel Cristina Estrada Gloria Perez Adoptive mother of Victorino Perez Julian's wife
Francisco Bolívar Victorino Pérez main hero(Taxi Driver)(Dies second in the hospital after fatal gun-shots to the chest, Shot by El Carnicero)
Sebastián Boscán Francisco/Franchesca Pérez Adopted Victorino Pérez gay
Mijail Mulkay Julian Pérez Adoptive Father of Victorino Pérez
Lucho Velasco Victor Hugo Mora father of Victorino Mora (killed by Victorino Mora)
Ximena Duque Diana Gallardo sister of Victorino Gallardo, " In love with Victorino Mora"
Jessica Sanjuán Julieta Manjarrés sister of Victorino Manjarrés
Maria Margarita Giraldo Aurora Grandmother of Victorino Gallardo - age 13 & 6
Gary Forero Rafael Stepfather of Victorino Mora, brother of Amparo "In love with Lina María" (killed by Victor Hugo)
Julio Cesar Mora .... father of Victorino Pérez
Ilja Rosendahl .... Boxing Trainer
Pedro Perez Victorino Gallardo (2009) teenager/ 13 years old
Carolina Sepulveda Victorina Sallinas (2010) "psychologist/clairvoyant" in love with Victorino Manjarrez
Sara Corrales Victorina Fernandez (2010) "lifeguard" arrested in love with Victorino Gallardo
Jacqueline Marquez Victorina Cruz (2010) "aspiring boxer"
Eileen Abad Lucía
Evelyn Santos Carolina
Ramiro Meneses Tanatos (2010) Organizer of clandestine fights. Coincidentally played Victorino Ramirez (low class) in the 1991 RTI series.
Oscar Borda Pantera (2010) Former fighter boxing and coach of Victorina Salinas who is bullied constantly by "Tanatos".
Edgardo Roman Cervantes (2010) Former boxer and "Tanatos" bully. He played Romulo Perdomo, father of Victorino Perdomo 1991 RTI series.
Sasha Molina
Freddy Ordoñez Antonio Robayo (2009) (killed when struck by a car while picking up the money he stole from Gallardo)
Gustavo Corredor Miguel Angel Crosweit (Mr. Crosweit) (2010) Hotel billionaire who falls in love with Victorina Fernández. He is almost killed by this and Victorino Gallardo.
David Guerrero Oscar (2010) Assistant and chauffeur of Mr. Crosweit. Murdered by Victorino Gallardo knowing Victorina Fernández plans. Coincidentally played with Victorino Umaña (upper class) in the 1991 RTI series.

Broadcasting[edit]

Country TV network(s) Series premiere Series end
 United States Telemundo June 23, 2009 February 5, 2010
 Croatia RTL Televizija June 24, 2010 Canceled
 Nicaragua Canal 2 2010 February, 2011
 Argentina Canal 9 2009 2010