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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

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)  »

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Czekajac na karawan  »

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1.85 : 1
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The film wasn't very well received at the time of its release, but it grew and grew with the years and now it is considered one of the best Argentine films ever. It has millions of fans and Facebook groups devoted to it with thousands of people commenting any kind of subject by using only lines from the film. See more »

Quotes

Elvira: [criticising her neighbour] I cook Puchero, she cooks Puchero; I cook ravioli, she cooks ravioli. What a country!
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Followed by Esperando la carroza 2: Se acabó la fiesta (2009) See more »

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Mi vaca lechera
Written by Fernando García Morcillo y Jacobo Morcillo
Performed by Feliciano Brunelli y orquesta
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The funniest movie I have ever seen!!!
12 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is an Argentinean masterpiece. There is not a single moment when I don't find myself laughing. Every single actor, including the ones in supporting roles, are beyond excellent. The movie was just re-released for its twentieth anniversary and it is a must for any collector of comedy. This is comedy at its best. The character of Mama Cora, played by Antonio Gasalla is the most convincing portrayal of an elderly woman I have ever seen. His mannerisms, gait, etc. are superb. Although this story portrays an Argentinean family dealing with the dilemma of taking care of an elderly mother, this is a story that could happen to any family in any place in the world. Enrique Pinti has a minor role as Felipe, the family drunk, that is beyond belief. I highly recommend this great film.


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