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Writers:
Rafael Azcona (screenplay)
Rafael Azcona (story)
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In a small spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "Sit a poor... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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(4 articles)
Spanish Cinema in New York
 (From MUBI. 11 December 2011, 9:25 AM, PST)

Luis García Berlanga, 1921 - 2010
 (From MUBI. 14 November 2010, 12:18 PM, PST)

Luis García Berlanga obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 14 November 2010, 10:43 AM, PST)

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Cast

  (in credits order)
Cassen ... Plácido Alonso (as Casto Sendra 'Cassen')
José Luis López Vázquez ... Gabino Quintanilla
Elvira Quintillá ... Emilia
Manuel Alexandre ... Julián Alonso
Mario Bustos (as Mario de Bustos)
María Francés (as Mari Francés)
Mari Carmen Yepes ... Martita (as Carmen Yepes)
Jesús Puche ... Don Arturo
Roberto Llamas
Amelia de la Torre ... Doña Encarna de Galán
Juan G. Medina
José María Caffarel ... Zapater
Xan das Bolas ... Rivas
Fernando Delgado ... Representante de los artistas
Laura Granados ... Erika
Juan Manuel Simón
Carmen Valencia
Gloria Osuna
Francisco Aguilera
Juan Torres
Lepe ... Padre de Emilia (as José Álvarez 'Lepe')
José Orjas ... Notario
Xavier Vivé ... Edmundo Galán
Camino Delgado
Félix Fernández ... Pobre en casa de Galán
Carmen Pradillo
Erasmo Pascual ... Pasante de la notaría
J.C. Tejeiro
Agustín González ... Álvaro Gil
Julia Delgado Caro ... María Helguera
Antonio Gandía ... Pascual
José Franco ... Matías Helguera
Amparo Gómez Ramos ... Criada de Helguera
José Gavilán ... Dentista
Carme Contreras ... Viviana (as Carmen Contreras)
Luis Ciges ... Pobre en casa de Helguera
Angel Company
Julia Caba Alba ... Concheta
Antonio Ferrandis ... Ramiro
Emilio Sancho
Vicente Llosa
Amparo Soler Leal ... Marilú Martínez
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Alda ... Hermana del dentista #1 (uncredited)
Félix Dafauce ... (uncredited)
Carmen Ferguell ... Hermana del dentista #2 (uncredited)

Directed by
Luis García Berlanga 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rafael Azcona  screenplay
Rafael Azcona  story
José Luis Colina 
José Luis Font 
Luis García Berlanga  screenplay
Luis García Berlanga  story

Produced by
Alfredo Matas .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miguel Asins Arbó 
 
Cinematography by
Francisco Sempere 
 
Film Editing by
José Antonio Rojo 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pascual Cervera .... trainee assistant director
 
Art Department
Enrique Barrés .... property master
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Emilio Godes .... still photographer
Juan Prous .... second assistant camera
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Plácido" - Spain (original title)
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Runtime:
87 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Voted fourth best Spanish film by professionals and critics in 1996 spanish cinema centenary.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Berlanga, plano personal (2011)See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The age of innocence., 15 December 2001
Author: jotix100 from New York

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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