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Illusion Travels by Streetcar (1954)
"La ilusión viaja en tranvía" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Adventure, Drama  |  1954 (USA)
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Confronted with the unfortunate news that their favorite Streetcar, no. 133, is going to be decommissioned, two Municipal Transit workers get drunk and decide to "take 'er for one last spin... See full summary »

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Lilia Prado ...
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Carlos Navarro ...
Juan Godínez 'Caireles'
Fernando Soto ...
Tobías Hernández 'Tarrajas' (as Fernando Soto 'Mantequilla')
Agustín Isunza ...
Papá Pinillos
Miguel Manzano ...
Don Manuel
Guillermo Bravo Sosa ...
Don Braulio
José Pidal ...
El Profesor
Felipe Montoya ...
Jefe del taller
Javier de la Parra ...
Pablo
Paz Villegas ...
Doña Mechita
Conchita Gentil Arcos ...
Pasajera con santo
Diana Ochoa ...
Maestra del internado
Víctor Alcocer ...
Acaparador de maíz
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Confronted with the unfortunate news that their favorite Streetcar, no. 133, is going to be decommissioned, two Municipal Transit workers get drunk and decide to "take 'er for one last spin," as it were. Unfortunately, the "one last spin" ends up being an all-night and all-day scramble to stay out of trouble, as they are confronted with situation after sometimes bizarre situation that prevents them from returning the "borrowed" Streetcar! Written by Mark Toscano <fiddybop@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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A Minor Buñuel
20 January 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the 50's, in Mexico, the streetcar mechanic Juan Godinez (Carlos Navarro) and the pilot Tarrajas (Fernando Soto) become upset when they are informed by their supervisor that the streetcar number 133 will be decommissioned. They go to a party and late night, they get drunk and decide to borrow the streetcar for one last spin for fun, without charging the passengers. Completely wasted, they sleep in the streetcar and on the next morning, they get in troubled and weird situations while trying to return the vehicle to the garage.

"La Ilusión Viaja en Tranvía" is a minor movie of Buñuel. This naive comedy presents jokes with religion; criticizes the inflation, the corruption and the tough condition of the poor people in Mexico city; exposes the ridiculous behavior of henchman, represented by the retired Papa Pinillos (Agustín Isunza). Unfortunately, the comedy is not funny, with the exception of the scenes with the villain Papa Pinillos, responsible for the best and funniest moments of the film. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "A Ilusão Viaja de Bonde" ("The Illusion Travels by Streetcar")


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