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Godfather Mendoza (1934)

El compadre Mendoza (original title)
During Mexican Revolution, Rosalio Mendoza (Del Diestro) survives by making and winning favors from both factions, the governmental forces and Zapata's Army. His hacienda welcomes everybody... See full summary »

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Alfredo del Diestro ...
Carmen Guerrero ...
Dolores 'Lolita' Garcia Mendoza
Antonio R. Frausto ...
Luis G. Barreiro ...
Tenógenes
Joaquín Busquets ...
Coronel Bernáldez
Emma Roldán ...
María, la muda
Pepe del Río ...
Felipe Mendoza (as José del Río)
Abraham Galán ...
Coronel Martínez
José Ignacio Rocha ...
Jerónimo, criado
Ricardo Carti ...
Ventura Mendoza
Alfonso Sánchez Tello ...
El Gordo
César Rendón
José Eduardo Pérez ...
Hermano menor de los Mendoza
Miguel M. Delgado
Carlos López
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During Mexican Revolution, Rosalio Mendoza (Del Diestro) survives by making and winning favors from both factions, the governmental forces and Zapata's Army. His hacienda welcomes everybody, and Mendoza is considered a good friend of his guests. Eventually, the situation becomes unsustainable and he has to take sides. Betrayal and deception overcome and Mendoza's dark side surfaces. Written by Maximiliano Maza <mmaza@campus.mty.itesm.mx>

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Very nicely done....
7 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"El Compadre Mendoza" is a very good older Mexican film. I was actually surprised when I watched it, as the style was more subtle and well-crafted than many of the later Mexican films I've seen. I only give it a 8 instead of a higher score simply because the ending was pretty obvious and drug on a bit too long.

Don Mendoza is a rich man. However, this is a problem as it's in the midst of the Mexican Revolution under Zapata and the goal of the Zapatistas is land reform and equality for the poor. So, Mendoza does not want to antagonize the rebels and welcomes them to his home with open arms. However, after these friends leave, he also welcomes the government troops that come by his hacienda! This portion is rather comedic and seeing his servant changing portraits on the wall based on who was visiting was kind of cute. However, the mood of the film changes after Mendoza marries and has a son. One of his frequent guests and godfather to his son is a revolutionary and he and his family come to genuinely love the man. But, when Mendoza's fortunes turn for the worst, he considers making a deal...one that clearly makes Mendoza a big butt-head.

Overall, this is a pleasant film and worth seeing. I particularly appreciate the fine acting in this one--very nice acting in fact.


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