The humble and hardworking Orodoto Balbuena finally gets an opportunity of realizing his lifelong dream of reaching New York and living the "American Dream", but soon finds out that things aren't as pretty as he thought.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luisito Martí ...
Caridad Ravelo ...
Nancy
Raúl Carbonell ...
Rafael Villalona ...
Pedro
Joel Garcia ...
Pancho
Randolph Feliz ...
Police Officer
Alfonso Zayas ...
Chef
Bersaida Vega ...
Xiomara
Rosalba Rolon ...
Matilde
Manny Gironny ...
Consul
Ledesma ...
'El Flaco'
Rafael Decena ...
Chico
Graciela Mas ...
Teresita
Carlota Carretero ...
Natalia
Fermín Suárez ...
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The humble and hardworking Orodoto Balbuena finally gets an opportunity of realizing his lifelong dream of reaching New York and living the "American Dream", but soon finds out that things aren't as pretty as he thought.

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16 August 1995 (Dominican Republic)  »

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Por fin llego Balbuena  »

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$984,681 (USA)
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In a scene in the Dominican Republic, a dog appears next to Balbuena and Fellito. This was a trained dog that was supposed to host the soul of Balbuena's dead wife (and act and show emotions accordingly). But the day of the filming, the dog didn't feel like acting and just lay down. The efforts to make the dog perform were useless, so its role had to be left out of the script. See more »

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Balbuena: With this bag of mints I'll solve the problem of lots of people who complain over not getting gifts: "What did you bring me, Balbuena?"... "A mint, for you". Here's enough for 200 people.
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Followed by Nueba Yol 3: Bajo la nueva ley (1997) See more »

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A great film, but a VERY DOMINICAN one.
26 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

I was disappointed to see the low rating this film got overall, but I noticed that about 1/3 of voting viewers gave it a 10. If you like it, you really like it. And the people who like it most are Dominicans. Is this because it only appeals to people from that particular island country? I have recommended it to friends and students only to hear them complain about plot and characterization being too...stereotyped. Balbuena is a bit of a caricature. This is in the great tradition of Hispanic comedy, including pictures like the Cantiflas films and Mi familia (with its roots in Chicano theater). It has something in common with early Spike Lee (e.g. Do the Right Thing) and also a film like John Sayles' Brother from Another Planet. It does not offer psychological realism of the sort that reinforces bourgeois individualism. But if you would like to have a taste of Dominican culture and you aren't afraid to temporarily give up your Hollywood aesthetic, this film could be for you. And Balbuena is funny as hell.


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