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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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Leslie Danon ...
Evelina Fernández ...
Flaco (as Gerardo)


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 »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some very mild language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

13 May 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Million to One  »

Box Office


$1,221,832 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Very few people know that this movie (along with the 1957 version and the 1946 version) are loosely based upon a short story by Mark Twain called "The Million Pound Bank Note", published in 1893. The story line in the book, and the three movie versions, basically only share the theme of the "bank note" or "check" that cannot be cashed or spent. See more »


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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Remake of Man with a Million (1954) See more »


Performed by Havana
Written by H.Gutierrez, J.saldano, C.Hatem
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A sweet adaption of a Mark Twain tale, Hispanic style
4 November 2006 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Juan (Paul Rodriguez) was born in the migrant fields of California but was taken back to Mexico by his mother when he was six. He has no documentation to attest to his U.S. citizenship and lives as an illegal in the Los Angeles area with his young son. Despite the fact that he has two roommates, making the rent is very difficult and he resorts to selling oranges near the freeway. One day, someone gives him a check for a million dollars, only on loan. He must pay it back in full when a month is up. However, just being able to show off the authentic check gets him credit at posh clothing stores, car dealerships, and more. Is his life going to be easier? And, what about the kind, pretty immigration officer who smiles at him quite frequently? This is one of those nice trips down a lesser travelled road. It's wonderful to view a story about the Hispanic population and their unique problems and opportunities. Rodriquez is a charming fellow and he has assembled a fine cast around him. Although the film was not made on a big budget, it is still a worthy choice for film fans who like to stray from the blockbuster path and watch something different. Those who like romantic stories, too, will want to seek out this movie as well.

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