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The Executioner (1963)
"El verdugo" (original title)

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An undertaker gets married to an old executioner's daughter and, although he doesn't like it, must continue the profession of his father-in-law after his retirement.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nino Manfredi ...
José Luis Rodríguez, el enterrador
Emma Penella ...
Carmen, la hija de Amadeo
José Isbert ...
Amadeo, el verdugo (as Jose Isbert)
José Luis López Vázquez ...
Antonio Rodríguez, el hermano mayor de José Luis (as Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez)
Ángel Álvarez ...
Álvarez, el enterrador (as Angel Alvarez)
Guido Alberti ...
Director de la prisión
Julia Caba Alba ...
Mujer visitante de la obra nº 2
María Luisa Ponte ...
Estefanía (as Maria Luisa Ponte)
María Isbert ...
Ignacia (as Maria Isbert)
Erasmo Pascual
Xan das Bolas ...
Guarda de la obra
José Orjas ...
Marqués testigo de la ejecución (as Jose Orjas)
José María Prada ...
Funcionario de prisiones (as Jose Maria Prada)
Félix Fernández ...
Monaguillo nº 2 (as Felix Fernandez)
Antonio Ferrandis
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Storyline

The history starts with the main character (an old executioner in the Spain of early 60's) approaching retirement age. As his profession is not exactly what you could call "popular", he (a very gentle and nice man, caring, and proud of traditions) begins to worry about who might take his place when he retires. He has a daughter, but, unfortunately, she seems doomed to perpetual "spinsterhood": as soon as any prospective groom learns about her dad and her dad's "trade", he runs away from her, scared. A sad life... However, a new character enters: the local undertaker, a handsome and young man who has exactly the same problem... No girl wants him given his profession. So, you have the woman whom almost nobody would marry and the man whom almost nobody would marry. Obviously, they are meant for each other. But here the old executioner has something to say: He does not object to her daughter marrying the young undertaker; he seems a decent man, and all that... But there is a condition: ... Written by Jose Beltran <pepe@prince.pe.u-tokyo.ac.jp>

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Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

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Release Date:

17 February 1964 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

El verdugo  »

Box Office

Gross:

ESP 4,107,300 (Spain)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 42151 delivered on 24-1-1964. See more »

Quotes

Amadeo, el verdugo: [subtitled version] You think that's bad? That's only 125 volts! The Americans are worse, with their electric chairs...
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Connections

References Ben-Hur (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

El verdugo
(twist)
Composed by Adolfo Waitzman
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Masterpiece

Another lesson of Berlanga about how to criticize the society avoiding censorship. "El Verdugo" looks like a comedy, sounds like a comedy, tastes like a comedy... But it is actually a fierce critic of the death penalty. The final sequence of this movie is one of the most brilliant ever (you cannot tell who's the criminal and who's the executioner!!!).

And what to say about the great José Isbert?? He was a character himself, with that voice, and that physique. I don't know if he was a genius, I just can say that there will never be another actor like him.

Berlanga + Azcona: an unbeatable team.

*My rate: 10/10


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