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Waiting for the Hearse (1985)
"Esperando la carroza" (original title)

 |  Comedy  |  6 May 1985 (Argentina)
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Each member of this family tries to endorse someone else to care for the old Mother.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luis Brandoni ...
China Zorrilla ...
Elvira
Antonio Gasalla ...
Mamá Cora
Julio De Grazia ...
Betiana Blum ...
Mónica Villa ...
Juan Manuel Tenuta ...
Andrea Tenuta ...
Cecilia Rossetto ...
Dominga
Enrique Pinti ...
Felipe
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Cacho
Lidia Catalano ...
Clotilde Borella ...
Doña Elisa
Juan Acosta ...
Peralta
Angelita Pardo ...
Madre Felipe
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Storyline

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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6 May 1985 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Czekajac na karawan  »

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Trivia

The film is full of famous tag lines which still nowadays are part of the Argentine everyday talk. Some of those lines (like the one shout by Elvira: 'the parrot shit on me') were totally unscripted and added by the actors as a joke. Director Alejandro Doria found them so funny that he decided to keep them in the final movie. See more »

Quotes

Susana: [crying about their mother-in-law who seems to have commited suicide] This is horrible... Jorge will never forgive me.
Elvira: Oh, he will. He's a poor, spineless man.
Susana: [sobbing] I will never forgive myself.
Elvira: Oh. That's a whole different thing... If you have any reasons to feel guilty...
Susana: And you? What is it you do so you don't feel remorse?
Elvira: Me? Nothing. I do what I am supposed to do, try not to be unfair to people...
Nora: Yet me, who are the less guilty of us all, I'm full of aweful remorses!
Elvira: Why less guilty? ...
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Connections

Followed by Esperando la carroza 2: Se acabó la fiesta (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Barrilito de Cerveza
("Skoda lásky")
Written by Jaromír Vejvoda with Wladimir Timm and Lew Brown
Performed by Feliciano Brunelli y orquesta
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Best Argentine movie ever!
10 September 1999 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie plenty of times. My kids remember every line. And every time I discovered myself laughing, thinking and getting inspired more and more. Some magnificent actors, an exceptional screenplay! "Esperando la carroza", that could be translated as "Waiting for the funeral" is a perfect exposure of a lot of Argentine´s shortcomings and some Argentine´s virtues. China Zorrilla is superb...


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