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Once Upon a Scoundrel (1974)

G  |   |  Comedy  |  15 August 1974 (Mexico)
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Comic genius shines through in Zero Mostel's brilliant and hilarious portrayal of Senor Carlos de Refugio, a wealthy landowner known for his roguish and selfish acts. Refugio's desire for ... See full summary »

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Carlos del Refugio
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Aunt Delfina
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Luis Manuel
Pancho Córdova
Priscilla Garcia ...
Alicia
Tamara Garina
Rita Macedo
Abraham Stavans
José Chávez ...
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Chano Urueta
Carlos Nieto
Gastón Melo
Hilda Moreno
Carlos Romano
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Comic genius shines through in Zero Mostel's brilliant and hilarious portrayal of Senor Carlos de Refugio, a wealthy landowner known for his roguish and selfish acts. Refugio's desire for the beautiful, young Alicia (Priscilla Garcia) so overwhelms him that he wrongfully accuses her fiancé, Luis (A. Martinez), of stealing on of his prize ducks. Refugio refuses to forgive Luis until Alicia promises to marry him. Ignored by everyone in town, Refugio becomes convinced he is doomed to travel the earth as a wandering soul without home or friends. With sudden insight, Senor Refugio pardons Luis and makes amends for all the trouble he's caused. Luis and Alicia are married in a resplendent wedding ceremony which ends with a startling and inspirational revelation. Written by Anonymous

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20 April 2001 | by (Berlin, NJ) – See all my reviews

Zero Mostel plays a cruel Mexican landowner who is hated by the entire town for a variety of reasons. The town plots against him to free a young man from prison.

Zero is the centerpiece of this mostly unknown comedy and he spends the film behind a big fake mustache, but he still has his trademark stare to carry his comedic gestures. Not the best film of his career but fun if you're a Zero fan.


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