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Placido (1961)

Plácido (original title)
In a small spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "Sit a poor man at your table" dinner: each wealthy household of the town will have a homeless person... See full summary »


(as Luis G. Berlanga)


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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cassen ...
Plácido Alonso (as Casto Sendra 'Cassen')
Gabino Quintanilla
Elvira Quintillá ...
Julián Alonso
Mario Bustos ...
Don Rodolfo (as Mario de Bustos)
María Francés ...
Hermana de la Caridad
Mari Carmen Yepes ...
Martita (as Carmen Yepes)
Jesús Puche ...
Jefe de estación
Roberto Llamas ...
Damián Olmedo
Amelia de la Torre ...
Juan G. Medina ...
Don Arturo
José María Caffarel ...
Zapater (as José Mª Caffarel)
Xan das Bolas ...
Fernando Delgado ...
Laura Granados ...


In a small spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "Sit a poor man at your table" dinner: each wealthy household of the town will have a homeless person dining with them that night. The celebrations also include a parade, and in it we find Plácido, the humble owner of a three-wheeler, whose family is forced to live in a public lavatory because of the lack of money to pay the rent, and who has to pay the second bill of his vehicle before midnight or else he will lose it. Written by Pablo Montoya

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

27 June 1962 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Placido  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was originally going to be titled "Siente a un pobre a su mesa" ("seat a poor man at your table"), but this was ultimately changed because the Spanish censorship would not allow it. See more »


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The age of innocence.
15 December 2001 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The atmosphere of this film took me back to another time and place, to a very naive and innocent Spain. This film is Garcia Berlanga's incursion into his own brand of neorealism. The music keeps evoking the scores of the great Italian masterpieces of that period.

Placido, the hero, in a way, is everyman caught in a web of bureaucracy where he has to fight against all the odds to keep his vehicle in order to survive. He does whatever he can in order to pay the draft, but all conspires against him. Placido is a decent working person, a man of honor who has to fulfill his obligations, in this case, paying the draft that is due on the day the story unfolds. Everything is against him. We see him fighting his way to do so, in this, his long journey into the Christmas Eve celebration.

Cassen was a marvelous and charismatic actor who was very convincing as Placido. He's always at the center of the action, and at times, he is even at the center of some of the other characters conflicts. Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez, is very effective as Gabino, the photographer. The rest of the ensemble cast perform very well under the direction of Garcia Berlanga.

The film is a lot of fun.

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