La Venganza (2002 telenovela)

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La Venganza
La Venganza Official Logo.gif
GenreRomance - Action, Drama, Crime, Suspense, Mystery
FormatTelenovela
Created byHumberto 'Kico' Olivieri
Developed byTelemundo
RTI Colombia
Written byHumberto 'Kico' Olivieri
Luis Colmenares
Gabriela Dominguez
Carolina Diaz
Directed byRodrigo Triana
David Posada
Tony Rodriguez
Aurelio Valcárcel Carrol
StarringGabriela Spanic
José Ángel Llamas
Catherine Siachoque
Theme music composerCarlos Ponce
Joel Someillian
Opening themeCarlos Ponce
Ending themeCarlos Ponce
Country of originUnited States
Colombia
Original language(s)Spanish
No. of episodes127
Production
Executive producer(s)Hugo León Ferrer
Producer(s)Andrés Santamaría
Lucero Venegas
Location(s)Bogota
Girardot
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time42-45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelTelemundo
Picture formatSDTV 480i
Audio formatStereophonic sound
Original runNovember 4, 2002 – May 16, 2003
 
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La Venganza
La Venganza Official Logo.gif
GenreRomance - Action, Drama, Crime, Suspense, Mystery
FormatTelenovela
Created byHumberto 'Kico' Olivieri
Developed byTelemundo
RTI Colombia
Written byHumberto 'Kico' Olivieri
Luis Colmenares
Gabriela Dominguez
Carolina Diaz
Directed byRodrigo Triana
David Posada
Tony Rodriguez
Aurelio Valcárcel Carrol
StarringGabriela Spanic
José Ángel Llamas
Catherine Siachoque
Theme music composerCarlos Ponce
Joel Someillian
Opening themeCarlos Ponce
Ending themeCarlos Ponce
Country of originUnited States
Colombia
Original language(s)Spanish
No. of episodes127
Production
Executive producer(s)Hugo León Ferrer
Producer(s)Andrés Santamaría
Lucero Venegas
Location(s)Bogota
Girardot
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time42-45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelTelemundo
Picture formatSDTV 480i
Audio formatStereophonic sound
Original runNovember 4, 2002 – May 16, 2003

La Venganza (The Revenge), is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo and RTI Colombia. This limited-run series ran for 127 episodes from November 4, 2002 to May 16, 2003. The soap opera was starred by Gabriela Spanic, José Ángel Llamas, and Catherine Siachoque.

Story[edit]

On the wedding day of Luis Miguel Ariza and Elena Fontana, a sick woman in her forties and daughter of one of the two mob bosses in the Caribbean town of Matamoros, she realizes that he is involved with her sister Grazzia, Elena's heart cannot take this and she dies. The same night Valentina Diaz who is just a poor but brave woman and a boxer in illegal fights sponsored by the other mob boss: Fernando Valerugo. Valentina dies because of a huge impact on her head during the fight, so Elena mysteriously comes back to life into Valentina's body. Elena has to ask help of a medium friend of her Tobago who helps her to get her life back, but Valentina is still an employee for Fernando Valerugo, so Elena cannot stop boxing and she has to train very hard with Valentina's best friend and trainer Brenda Li just to last toe-to-toe against her opponents in every fight she participates in on behalf of Valerugo. Valentina goes to Fontana's manor as Elena's best friend and using all her knowledge about the Fontanas' family she easily gets the trust of Luis Miguel and Danilo Fontana.

Elena's plan is get even with Grazzia and Luis Miguel but soon she realizes the only responsible is her sister Grazzia, who now sees Valentina as a huge threat for her plans with Luis Miguel and the Fontanas. Grazzia plans to destroy her father by helping Fernando Valerugo so she becomes her lover. Helena while in Fontanas' Manor learns that the daughter she had more than twenty years ago with Fernando Valerugo's son Marco Tulio did not die when she was born, so she decides to find her daughter.

Valentina thinks that a young woman in Valerugo's Manor named Adoración is her daughter. Valentina's brother Paquito is in love with Adoración, but the suspicion that Adoración is the heir both Valerugos and Fontanas make her a target for Fernando's family, her wife Raquel and her son Alfredo. Raquel kidnaps Adoración in order to control the potential heir, but the truth is Adoración is daughter of Father Sebastian (Fernando's brother) so the priest release her daughter and Grazzia learns that Raquel is using her so she kills her. Then Luis Miguel that Fernando's goddaughter Giovanna might be Helena's daughter and in order to confuse the Fontanas Fernando allows them to believe she is Helena's daughter.

Valentina and Luis Miguel starts a romantic relationship, but Valentina's ex-boyfriend and Fernando Valerugo's brother-in-law makes things more complicated and Grazzia takes advantage of the fact she is pregnant with Fernando's baby to keep Luis Miguel with her. Grazzia makes a scheme to blame Valentina for poisoning her and causing a miscarriage, after this episode both Fontanas and Valerugos go after Valentina to kill her. Felipe hides Valentina making everybody believe she is dead, just to prepare her to get her place as the heir of the Fonatanas and the Valerugos. Grazzia convinces Fernando to kill Luis Miguel so she can gain the full rights over the Fontanas' wealth, Luis Miguel is left to die in a lake but Valentina gets to save him. Luis Miguel eventually escapes and he believes Valentina has cheated on him all the time, in the search of Luis Miguel, Valentina is caught by Grazzia who locks her in a basement with no food or water, and finally she orders to set the house in fire, Grazzia believes that Valentina is dead, but Valentina was taken out of the basement by Tobago's husband.

In the basement Elena (in Valentina's body) learns that Luis Miguel married her because he wanted to get back several properties that Danilo Fontana took away from his parents, and the body she owns now it is actually the body of her own daughter. Elena (Valentina) now wants to destroy all the people who made her miserable for so long, in spite of the fact she is pregnant with Luis Miguel's baby. Felipe gets several top secret documents that he uses to blackmail both Valerugos and Fontanas and he ask One Million Dollars to keep the secret. Felipe takes Valentina to Europe with Rosario and Concepcion (who already knows that Valentina is really Elena).

Cast[edit]

ActorCharacterKnown as
Gabriela SpanicValentina Valerugo FontanaMain heroine, boxer, daughter of Helena and Marco Tulio, in love with Luis Miguel
José Ángel LlamasLuis Miguel ArizaMain hero, in love with Helena, then Valentina
Catherine SiachoqueGrazzia FontanaMain villain, daughter of Danilo, sister of Helena,
Maria Elena DoehringHelena Fontana Viso de ArizaDaughter os Danilo and Concepcion, sister of Grazzia, mother of Valentina
Ana Maria AbelloAdoracion Valerugo DominguezDaughter of Sebastian and Maria Teresa, in love with Paquito
Orlando MiguelFelipe RangelBrother of Raquel, loves Valentina
Barbara GarofaloMariangel ArizaDaughter of Luis Miguel and
Carlos DuplatDanilo FontanaFather of Helena and Grazzia, grandfather of Valentina
Jorge CaoFernando ValerugoFather of Marco Tulio and Alfredo, grandfather of Valentina
Marcela CarvajalRaquel de ValerugoWife of Fernando, sister of Felipe
Luz Stella LuengasYolanda DiazMother of Paquito, stepmother of Valentina
Nury FloresTobago ChristmasVisionary, wife of Jovito
Millie RupertoBernardina Perez (Brenda Lee)Trainer of Valentina
Vanessa SimonGiovanna AlfieriGirlfriend of Armando
John CeballosRosario ParicuaBodyguard of Danilo and Helena
Pedro RendonFrancisco Jose "Paquito" DiazStepbrother of Valentina
Yury PerezFranky GarciaBodyguard and assistant of Fernando
Victor RodriguezJovito MatuteHusband of Tobago
Naren DaryananiAlfredo ValerugoSon of Fernando
Julio del MarPadre SebastianBrother of Fernando, father of Adoracion
Margalida CastroConcepcion FernandezMother of Helena
Carlos BarbosaNuma Pompeyo - Aurelio SantaelaHusband of Yaya
Miguel Alfonso MurilloAmerico Montalva / Father CumbayaVisionary
Maria Margarita GiraldoMatildeNurse of Concepcion
German RojasLeonardo MichelottoBodyguard of Danilo
Ivette ZamoraMaría Teresa CarballoServant of the Valerugos', mother of Adoracion
Martha Lucía PereiroMaría Luisa ArciniegasLawyer and lover of Luis Miguel
Natasha KlaussSandra GuzmánBest friend of Grazzia
Rosemary BohórquezClara NoyoEx-girlfriend of Felipe
Raúl SantaTeobaldo CarmonaEx-assistant of Danilo
Laura SuarezXimena María Benavides de ArizaMother of Mariangel
Sebastian BoscánMarco Tulio ValerugoSon of Fernando, Father of Valentina

Deceased characters[edit]

Broadcasters[edit]

CountryAlternate title/TranslationTV network(s)Series premiereSeries finaleWeekly scheduleTimeslot
 AzerbaijanQisasANS TV20032003Monday to Friday19:00
 ColombiaLa VenganzaCaracol Televisión2013Monday to Friday10:40 a.m.
 RomaniaRazbunareaAcasa TV20022003Monday to Friday
 HungaryA bosszúSorozat+November 7, 2011June 1, 2012Monday to Friday21:00
 BulgariaОтмъщениетоbTV20032003Monday to Friday17:00
 SloveniaMaščevalka (Avenger)Prva TV/TV3 Slovenia20062006Monday to Friday
 Bosnia and HerzegovinaTelevizija OBNMonday to Friday
 GeorgiaშურისძიებაRustavi 2March 8, 2004August 20, 2004Monday to Friday19:45