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Luis García Berlanga (story) and
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Release Date:
17 February 1964 (Spain) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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This is both one of the funniest and one of the saddest movies I have ever seen See more (7 total) »


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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 ... San Martín
Xan das Bolas ... Guarda de la obra
José Orjas ... Marqués (as Jose Orjas)
José María Prada ... Funcionario de prisiones (as Jose Maria Prada)
Félix Fernández ... Organista (as Felix Fernandez)
Antonio Ferrandis ... Funcionario de prisiones
Lola Gaos ... Mujer visitante de la obra nº 3 (as Dolores Gaos)
Santiago Ontañón ... Sr. Corcuera, el académico (as Santiago Ontañon)
Alfredo Landa ... Sacristán
José Sazatornil ... Administrador (as Jose Saza)
Agustín González ... Hombre que pelea en la calle nº 1 (as Agustin Gonzalez)
Goyo Lebrero ... Hombre que pelea en la calle nº 2 (as Goyo Lebreros)
Sergio Mendizábal ... Acompañante del marqués (as Sergio Mendizabal)
Vicente Llosa
Chus Lampreave ... Mujer visitante de la obra nº 1
José Luis Coll ... Cantor (as Jose Luis Coll)
José Cordero (as Jose Cordero)
Pedro Beltrán (as Pedro Beltran)
Rafael Hernández ... Cartero (as Rafael Hernandez)
Dolores García (as Dolores Garcia)
Magdalena Mora
Enrique Pelayo
Enrique Tusquets
José Antonio Rodríguez (as Jose Anton Rodriguez)
Francisco Serrano
Antonio Pascual
Agustín Zaragoza ... Limpiabotas (as Agustin Zaragoza)
Valentín Tornos ... Vendedor de libros (as Valentin Tornos)
Antonio Alfonso Vidal ... Doctor de la prisión (as Antonio A. Vidal)
Lorenzo Nogueras
Emilio Alonso ... Padre de la viuda en aeropuerto (as Emilio A. Ferrer)
Elena Santonja
Emilio Laguna ... Funcionario de Aduanas (as Enrique Laguna)
Magda Maldonado
Gonzalo Parra
Carmen Ripoll
Javier Escobar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Manuel Alexandre ... Condenado (uncredited)
Elvira Quintillá ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Luis García Berlanga  (as Luis Gª. Berlanga)
Writing credits
Luis García Berlanga (story) (as Luis Gª Berlanga) and
Rafael Azcona (story)

Luis García Berlanga (screenplay) (as Luis Gª Berlanga) and
Rafael Azcona (screenplay)

Ennio Flaiano (screenplay collaboration)

Produced by
Nazario Belmar .... executive producer
Moris Ergas .... co-producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Miguel Asins Arbó  (as Miguel Asins Arbo)
Cinematography by
Tonino Delli Colli (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alfonso Santacana 
Art Direction by
Luis Argüello 
Set Decoration by
José Antonio de la Guerra  (as Jose A. de la Guerra)
Makeup Department
José Luis Campos .... assistant makeup artist
María Teresa Gamborino .... hair stylist
Francisco Puyol .... makeup artist
Production Management
José Manuel M. Herrero .... unit production manager (as Jose Manuel M. Herrero)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Félix Fernández .... second assistant director (as Felix Fernandez)
Ricardo Muñoz Suay .... assistant director
Art Department
Luis Cuevas .... property master
Manuel Frías .... set dresser (as Manuel Frias)
Juan García .... construction coordinator
José María Guerra .... assistant set decorator (as Jose Mª de la Guerra)
Sound Department
Felipe Fernández .... sound engineer (as Felipe Fernandez)
Camera and Electrical Department
Miguel Agudo .... camera operator
José Cobos .... second assistant camera (as Jose Cobos)
Alejandro Diges .... still photographer
Ramón Sempere .... assistant camera (as Ramon Sempere)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maruja Hernáiz .... costumer
Editorial Department
Pilar Bernardo .... second assistant editor
Alicia Castillo .... assistant editor
Other crew
Ramón Baillo .... production assistant
Francisco Escobar .... production assistant
Concepción Hidalgo .... script supervisor (as Conchita Hidalgo)
Julio F. Alymán .... voice dubbing: Vendedor de pólizas (uncredited)
Vicente Bañó .... voice dubbing: Megafonia de feria del libro (uncredited)
Rafael de Penagos .... voice dubbing: Alfredo Landa (uncredited)
Lucita García Luengo .... voice dubbing: Mujer en feria del libro (uncredited)
Antolín García .... voice dubbing: José María Prada (uncredited)
Víctor Orallo .... voice dubbing: Enrique Tusquets / Juan (uncredited)
José María Prada .... voice dubbing: Nino Manfredi (uncredited)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"El verdugo" - Spain (original title)
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Italy:90 min | Spain:87 min | USA:90 min | UK:91 min | Argentina:91 min | West Germany:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Italian censorship visa # 42151 delivered on 24-1-1964.See more »
Amadeo, el verdugo:[subtitled version] You think that's bad? That's only 125 volts! The Americans are worse, with their electric chairs...See more »
Movie Connections:
References Ben-Hur (1959)See more »
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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
This is both one of the funniest and one of the saddest movies I have ever seen, 8 November 1999
Author: el_monty_BCN from Barcelona, Spain

It is often true that the best comedies are those which hide (or should I say show) terrible pathos and anguish beneath their comic skin. Billy Wilder, for example, has often been praised for his mastery of this art, in films such as The Apartment and The Fortune Cookie.

So has Berlanga, who is undisputedly the gratest comedy writer/director in Spanish film history, and one of the best of Europe. And his masterpiece, El Verdugo, is such an awesome tour de force of his talents that it never ceases to amaze, even after repeated viewings.

El Verdugo is a comedy, yet it is probably the most moving and powerful anti-death penalty story ever written. It achieves this by showing the act of killing a person as what it is, such an unnatural and repulsive thing that for most of us it would be impossible to perform. And, as an executioner, that is exactly the role that Jose Luis (Nino Manfredi) sees himself thrown into. The situation is seen by Berlanga not only as dramatic, but also absurd, and all of Jose's antics and ploys to avoid ever having to do his job are also so absurd that they are comical, and very much so. But the viewer also simpathizes with him because we instantly understand the horror of his situation, the dreadful Damocles' sword that hangs over his head. Both the comedy and the drama go hand in hand right until the devastating ending of the film, one of the most memorable and tragic scenes ever comitted to celluloid.

Giving it a 10 out of 10 still seems short to me. PLEASE see this film if you can, you will never forget it.

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