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Su excelencia (1967)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  3 May 1967 (Mexico)
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Lopez, treated derisively by all as Lopitos, is a humble but loyal citizen of Los Cocos Republic, working as an assistant at the chancellery, helping to process visas. Through a sudden ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lopez 'Lopitos' / His Excellency the Ambassador of Los Cocos (as Mario Moreno 'Cantinflas')
Sonia Infante ...
Lolita, secretaria
Guillermo Zetina ...
Lic. Don Tirso de la Pompa y Pompa, consejero
Tito Junco ...
General León Balarraza, agregado militar
Miguel Manzano ...
Don Serafín Templado, secretario
José Gálvez ...
Camarada Osky Popovsky, primer ministro
Víctor Alcocer ...
Almirante Neptuno Aguado, agregado naval
Maura Monti ...
Camarada Tania
Jack Kelly ...
Embajador de Dolaronia
Eduardo Alcaraz ...
Don Salustio Menchaca, embajador de Los Cocos
Fernando Wagner ...
Representante de Salchichonia
Carlos Riquelme ...
Presidente de la República de Pepeslavia
Quintín Bulnes ...
Mayordomo Petrovsky
Eduardo MacGregor ...
Camarada Vasily Vasilov, ministro de relaciones exteriores
Luis Manuel Pelayo ...
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Lopez, treated derisively by all as Lopitos, is a humble but loyal citizen of Los Cocos Republic, working as an assistant at the chancellery, helping to process visas. Through a sudden series of events, namely the fear of the number 13 by the Los Cocos Ambassador, a strict protocol, three military coups and a revolution, all successful in the same day, with as much changes in governments, and ambassadors, Lopitos becomes the ambassador. Just when a powerful international struggle is taking place, and the Red and Green factions are vying to attract all the yet undecided votes amongst the nations of the world, to convene soon in an international conference to decide who will govern the world. It happens all nations have either lined up behind the "Green" banner, led by the money oriented Dolaronia, or the "Red" ideology, whose figurehead is the prime minister of socialist Pepeslavia; except, of course, the recently appointed civil government of Los Cocos. With the votes divided ... Written by Artemis-9

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Sort of like Cantinflas making a Cold War version of "The Great Dictator".
6 July 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In 1940, Charlie Chaplin released his classic "The Great Dictator". It used comedy to draw attention to the evils of Fascism and it ended with a beautiful and impassioned speech about brotherhood. Two and a half decades later, the Mexican comic, Cantinflas, released a film which bore many, many similarities to Chaplin's film. Though the times had changed, here in "Su Excelencia", Cantinflas makes fun of the Cold War and the film ends with a very similar sort of speech about brotherhood. Now I am NOT saying this later film is a remake--but I really do think one inspired the other.

The film is set in a world with countries much like the Soviet and Western Bloc nations but all the names of the nations have been changed. Canfinflas plays Lopito--a lowly employee for his nation's embassy. However, in a funny scene, a dinner party is disrupted when they hear of a coup--and the ambassador is replaced. And, by the time the dinner is complete, three MORE coups occur--leaving Lopito as the new ambassador! Now that he's suddenly an important man, forces from the Red nations (i.e, communists) and Green nations (capitalists) begin pushing him for an upcoming vote--and his is the deciding vote. How Lopito handles all this is quite clever and graceful and the movie ends on a note VERY much like "The Great Dictator".

If you are looking for a hilarious comedy, you should look elsewhere. Compared to many of Cantinflas' other films, it's much more serious and less goofy. This is NOT a criticism--I liked the social and political commentary in this film. While I was born, raised and live in a 'Green' nation, Cantinflas' speech had a lot of brilliance in it as he criticized both the Red and Green nations. Overall, a serious yet funny little comedy.


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