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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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
Lola Gaos ... Mujer visitante de la obra nº 3 (as Dolores Gaos)
Santiago Ontañón ... Sr. Corcuera, el académico (as Santiago Ontañon)
Alfredo Landa ... Monaguillo nº 1
José Sazatornil ... Administrador (as Jose Saza)
Agustín González ... Hombre que pelea en la calle nº 1 (as Agustin Gonzalez)
Goyo Lebrero ... Witness (as Goyo Lebreros)
Sergio Mendizábal (as Sergio Mendizabal)
Vicente Llosa
Chus Lampreave ... Mujer visitante de la obra nº 1
José Luis Coll ... Organista que hace gárgaras (as Jose Luis Coll)
José Cordero (as Jose Cordero)
Pedro Beltrán (as Pedro Beltran)
Rafael Hernández (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 (as Agustin Zaragoza)
Valentín Tornos ... Vendedor de libros (as Valentin Tornos)
Antonio Alfonso Vidal (as Antonio A. Vidal)
Lorenzo Nogueras
Emilio Alonso (as Emilio A. Ferrer)
Elena Santonja
Emilio Laguna ... Funcionario de Aduanas
Magda Maldonado
Gonzalo Parra
Carmen Ripoll
Javier Escobar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Manuel Alexandre ... (uncredited)
Elvira Quintillá ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Luis García Berlanga  (as Luis Gª. Berlanga)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rafael Azcona  story and screenplay
Ennio Flaiano  writer
Luis García Berlanga  screenplay
Luis García Berlanga  story

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 
Film Editing by
Alfonso Santacana 
Art Direction by
Luis Argüello 
Set Decoration by
José Antonio 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 Maria 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
Humberto Cornejo .... wardrobe
Maruja Hernáiz .... tailor
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)
Crew verified as complete

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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:
Featured in Berlanga, plano personal (2011)See more »
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Masterpiece, 4 May 2007

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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