The movie tells the story of a family of comedians that work in the towns of Spain during the 40's and 50's. Life gets very tough for them since they cannot compete any longer with cinema. ... See full summary »
In rural Spain, sister of an ex con convinces him to take revenge against the local who tipped off the authorities about the man's whereabouts, which led to his subsequent arrest. Unfortunately, she soon falls in love with the snitch.
As 1973 winds down, Franco is still governing Spain with an iron hand. Opposition parties are forbidden; labor movements are repressed; and Basque nationalists are mercilessly hunted down. ... See full summary »
Gian Maria Volontè,
Funny movie in which Arturo Fernandez and Francisco Rabal give likable as well as portentous characterizations
Filmmaker Miguel Hermoso , who gives his first public shooting , delivers an enjoyable comedy in which the main and support cast are frankly outstanding . As the main attraction resides in its excellent cast in which stand out the magnificent stellar pair . This film is made to entertain , and this movie , especially for a good time and a pleasant entertainment . Its plot is the following : During his stay in Carabanchel jail , the veteran delinquent Gines (Francisco Rabal) promises protection to tax evasive and swindler Gonzalo Millares (Arturo Fernández) at exchange for help when they out of prison . In Carabanchel prison Gonzalo befriends other sympathetic inmates as the elderly Cueco (Emilio Fornet) , the bouncer Chino (Fernando Bilbao) and Lupas (Rafael Díaz) , all of them escort him against a nasty Macarra (Angel Alcazar) . As Millares relies his security on Gines , an old roguish who rules over the dangerous prison . Out of prison the womanizer Gines finds again the drunk Gonzalo , provoking disasters , antics , fights and all kinds of distresses .
This buddy movie well titled ¨Truhanes¨ results to be other of the innumerable stories to deal with rogue people and their adventures , swindles , confrontations , frolics and many other things . Nice film shot in ¨Comedia alla'Italian¨ style with great actors , entertainment , narrative excitement and fun . This film moves in fits and starts most of which would be desirable and several moments of enjoyment and others quite a few ridiculous . The characters are quite odd , grotesque and geek and the film races on at incredible speed . Here debutante writer and filmmaker Miguel Hermoso carries out a solid comedy , achieving a big hit at the Spanish box office . Duo protagonist , Francisco Rabal-Arturo Fernández , are top-notch , they steal the show , both of whom turn an efficient acting . Support cast is frankly good , such as Isabel Mestres , Antonio Gamero , Vicky Lagos , Emilio Fornet , Fernando Bilbao , Alberto Fernández . And special appearance by Lola Flores plays the role of Ginés' sister . Atmospheric musical score by the great musician Jose Nieto ; soundtrack includes some catching songs , as the song that Ginés plays over and over again in the bar is "La Zarzamora", one of Lola Flores's biggest musical hits.
Competent filming in the hands of a good filmmaker , as the motion picture was professionally directed by Miguel Hermoso , at his feature debut , being filmed in his usual stylistic way , without leaving amusement and fun . Ten years later , Hermoso and the same duo , Rabal-Arturo, shot a ¨Sitcom¨ that also had much success as well as the original film . Miguel Hermoso is an expert on comedy as proved in ¨Loco Veneno¨, ¨Marbella¨ and drama such as ¨Como Un Relampago¨, the biopic ¨Lola¨ about Lola Flores , ¨Luz Prodigiosa¨ and his greatest hit was ¨Fugitivas¨ . Rating : 6'5 , good movie . The picture will appeal to Arturo Fernández/Francisco Rabal fans and Spanish comedy enthusiast .
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