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La llamaban La Madrina (1973)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Momia (as José Sazatornil 'Saza')
Antonio Ozores ...
Emilio Laguna ...
Luis Barbero ...
El abuelo
Bárbara Rey ...
Agente B-52
África Pratt ...
Madame (as Africa Prat)
Alfonso del Real ...
Erasmo Pascual ...
Justiniano, padre de Justino
Nélida Quiroga ...
Madre de Justino
Goyo Lebrero ...
José Riesgo
José Marco
Ignacio de Paúl


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21 April 1973 (Spain)  »

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So-so but entertaining Spanish comedy about swindlers with likable and charming characterizations by all Spanish-star-cast
8 September 2016 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Mariano Ozores comedy with the sympathetic actress Lina Morgan and a great plethora of Spanish actors . Mediocre but fun comedy dealing with swindlers , it stars Trini (Lina Morgan) and her gang (José Saza , Emilio Laguna and her grandfather : Luis Barbero , among others) . She's a small-time delinquent who is an utter flop because of the moment she executes crimes and misdemeanors Trini fails and things go awry. However , their criminal activities are second-class , that's why all of them wish to adapt themselves to modern times , and to have big success at their works they are emphasizing in new robbing techniques , as Trini acts as a resourceful teacher of his band . Later on , they are assigned by Police Inspectors (Alfredo Mayo , Jose Riesgo) to execute a risked mission : to substitute a suitcase of an international mobster (Jack Taylor) . If Trini gets to carry out perfectly the assignment she will have her imprisoned father (Alfonso Del Real) in freedom . As they demonstrate their skills at a hotel where takes place bungling operations , confusion and mayhem . At the end it takes place some spectacular car chases filled with bounds , leaps and crashes .

Funny and uneven comedy , appointed for all kind of public about a silly premise : an expert young delinquent and her botcher group of cons pull off tiny robbing while they are hired by Police to carry out a dangerous mission . It takes a simple concept , a band of shameless delinquents execute petty thefts and tricks in similar style to classical films of Commedia all'Italiana of the fifties , including the famous ¨Tocomocho¨ fraud and great amusement . It follows the wake of known films as ¨Los Tramposos¨, ¨Atraco a Las Tres¨, and ¨Los Que Tocan El Piano¨ or "They Who Play the Piano" . This flick is a comical and sometimes disconcerting account of a bunch of lower class people from the personal , social , cultural , and economic perspective , because needing all of them , urgently , amount of money to resolve their problematic lives as well as to free the Trini's daddy . Here there are some nice jokes , comical sketches and the cast plays eccentric characters . It is a nutty Spanish comedy that offers no intellectual stimulus whatsoever , though it has some entertaining and hilarious moments . The film attempts to give laughs but it falls short , resulting in an average and sometimes embarrassing film . Bemusing story with enjoyable but also absurd moments and attractive acting by likable comedians : Lina Morgan and Antonio Ozóres . An enticing but disconcerting Spanish comedy film and with its ups and downs ; here our protagonist , the great Lina Morgan , demonstrates her real comical skills . The movies Lina played were funny and with many support's actors . The films were with short budget and lackluster but including comedy and lots of fun , and many of them directed by Mariano Ozores . Lina was a famous actress , she starred successful films , such as : ¨La Tonta Del Bote¨, ¨La Graduada¨ , ¨La Descarrida¨, ¨Fin Semana Al Desnudo¨ , ¨Pecados De Una Chica Decente ¨ , ¨Una Pareja Distinta¨ , ¨Esta Es Lo Que Es¨, ¨Un Dia con Sergio¨, ¨Imposible Para Una Solterona¨ , and several others . Being specially known for his TV series such as ¨Hostal Royal Manzanares (1996), Una De Dos (1998) and Academia Baile Gloria (2001) , but she left ¨Escenas de Matrimonio¨ three weeks after joining the cast , due to health problems until her recent death in 2015 . Supporting cast is plenty of familiar faces such as : José Saza , Emilio Laguna , Luis Barbero , Bárbara Rey , África Pratt , Erasmo Pascual , Jesús Tordesillas , Goyo Lebrero , and many others .

This one is an average picture , being middlingly directed by Mariano Ozores in his usual style and had enough success in the Spanish box office . Mariano's family origin is into show business , being son of Mariano Ozores Sr and brother of José Luis Ozores and Antonio Ozores . Furthermore , uncle of Emma Ozores and Adriana Ozores . Many actors and technicians worked and ate thanks to the huge success of his films . Those contained many nude girls , laughs and slapstick . Mariano is a craftsman filmmaker and writer , in fact he wrote the fun screenplay , he recently won a Goya Award (2016) to his long and fruitful career . Mariano made with two famous comedians -Fernando Esteso and Andres Pajares- several films , as they had various years partnership between the two leads , such as ¨Agitese Antes Usarla¨ , ¨Al Este Del Oeste¨, ¨Los Liantes¨, ¨Los Energeticos¨, ¨La Lola Lleva Al Huerto¨ , ¨El Currante¨ , ¨El Hijo Del Cura¨...these films are filled with humor that still holds up , especially for those not easily offended ; being sometimes cheesy and gross-out with numerous naughty and picaresque situations such as sex jokes , adulteries , crazy events , nudism , absurd situations , jealousy , and erotic scenes . Plus , they partially reflected the mood and the reality of Spain in the immediate Post-Franco era , dealing with politic juncture about the post-Franquismo in similar style to other films from this period . Ozores has a prolific career , as writer and as director , especially in comedy genre such as : Disparate Nacional , Tahiti's Girl , Brujas Magicas , Los Presuntos , Cuatro Mujeres Y Un Lío , Tío ¿De Verdad Vienen De París? , Alcalde Por Elección , Ellas Los Prefieren... Locas , El Apolítico , Jenaro El De Los 14 , Manolo La Nuit , El Abuelo Tiene plan , La Llamaban La Madrina , La Graduada , Venta Por Pisos and many others .

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