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Waiting for the Hearse (1985)

Esperando la carroza (original title)
Each member of this family tries to endorse someone else to care for the old Mother.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mamá Cora
Julio De Grazia ...
Juan Manuel Tenuta ...
Andrea Tenuta ...
Clotilde Borella ...
Doña Elisa
Juan Acosta ...
Angelita Pardo ...
Madre Felipe


Mamá Cora (Antonio Gasalla) is about 80 years old and she has three sons and a daughter. Mamá lives with one of them, unfortunately, the one who is in the worst economic position. One day, all the members of the family have a reunion to celebrate an anniversary. In the middle of the whole thing, an awkward question appears out of nowhere: ¿Who's going to be Mamá Cora's heir? ¿Who is going to take care of her during her last days in this world?. The answer is not easy and it doesn't take too long for the members of this bizarre family to start a terrible and yet hilarious fight. However, in the middle of the whole thing, they're interrupted by some disturbing breaking news...Mamá Cora killed herself!. Written by Francisco Rotondi

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Release Date:

6 May 1985 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Czekajac na karawan  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the funeral scene, Elvira receives a bunch of flowers with a band that reads 'From Dora and Alfonsina'. Elvira immediately takes off the final 'A' of Alfonsina's name so the flowers would have been sent by 'Dora and Alfonsin'. 'Raul Alfonsin' was the president of Argentina at that time. See more »


Antonio: [in the car, eating an empanada he picked up from some very poor relative's house] What misery! What misery! Do you know what did they have for lunch?
Sergio: [looking at the empanada Antonio is eating] Empanadas.
Antonio: Three of them. It broke my heart! Three leftover empanadas from last night's dinner for two people! God, how little you can do to help people!
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Followed by Esperando la carroza 2: Se acabó la fiesta (2009) See more »


Mi vaca lechera
Written by Fernando García Morcillo y Jacobo Morcillo
Performed by Feliciano Brunelli y orquesta
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Great movie
13 May 2005 | by (Bariloche, Argentina) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie recently and I really enjoyed it.

Although it shows a problem many families deal with (having an old person in the family, and not knowing what to do with him/her), it shows it in a funny way.

It tells the story about Mamá Cora (Antonio Gasalla), a woman in her eighties who apparently, it's disturbing in her bigger son's house. Her son's wife wants her out of the house, as she is driving her mad. Mamá Cora tries to help, but unfortunately, everything she does, she does it wrongly.

The family goes through lots of trouble, trying to solve what to do with Mamá Cora. While all this happens, a confusion makes the family believe she dies, and that leads to the funniest scenes of the comedy, although the whole movie is hilarious.

If want to rent a good comedy, I strongly recommend you to go for "Esperando la Carroza". Not to mention the outstanding performances of actors like China Zorrilla, Betiana Blum and Luis Brandoni, among others.

My score 10/10. Excellent movie.

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