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A Million to Juan (1994)

PG | | Comedy | 13 May 1994 (USA)
Romantic comedy about an honest Mexican immigrant who struggles without a green card by selling oranges on a street corner. One day a limousine pulls up and he is handed a check for ... See full summary »

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Romantic comedy about an honest Mexican immigrant who struggles without a green card by selling oranges on a street corner. One day a limousine pulls up and he is handed a check for $1,000,000 with instructions that he is to give the check back in 30 days. Initially he uses the check to convince people to extend credit to him. In the meantime he also attracts a woman who is in a dead end relationship with a bossy businessman. At the end of the 30 days, he finds his life in turmoil, the things he got on credit is repossessed, and he is being evicted from his dwelling and being sent back to Mexico. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Money can't buy everything. Yeah, right. See more »

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Rated PG for some very mild language | See all certifications »
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13 May 1994 (USA)  »

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A Million to One  »

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$1,221,832 (USA)
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Party Guest: So, what have you been up to?
Party Guest: I'm teaching.
Party Guest: Really, what?
Party Guest: I'm teaching men to refill ice trays.
[They both laugh as Juan joins them.]
Juan Lopez: Now that was cold."
[He laughs.]
Juan Lopez: Get it? Cold? Ice? It was a joke.
[As they walk away.]
Juan Lopez: Hey, I like jokes too.
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Version of Man with a Million (1954) See more »

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PENSAMIENTO
Performed by Campanas de America
Written by R.San Miguel, J.Ortiz
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Paul Rodriguez's "Jurassic Park"

A Million to Juan (1994) has been labeled by Paul Rodriguez himself his "Jurassic Park" due to the fact that he grossed over a million dollars in rentals from the movie's one hundred thousand dollar budget. The movie is a modern update of the Mark Twain story "The Million Pound Bank Note." Paul Rodriguez stars as Juan, a poor hardworking immigrant who lives in a rundown apartment complex with his son and cousins Jorge (Tony Plana) and Alvaro (Bert Rosario). He also has a mad crush on his social worker Olivia (Polly Draper) who's helping him with his case, one day he a stranger hands him a million dollar check that'll change his life forever.

I found the direction by first time director Paul Rodriguez to be adequate but the screenplay by Robert Grasmere and Francisca Matos to be too melodramatic and stereotypical. But the acting and charisma of Paul Rodriguez and his supporting cast manage to rise above the mediocre script. I enjoyed the movie and fans of Rodriguez's stand up comedy will enjoy the humor.


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