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La Cucaracha (1998)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  23 April 1999 (USA)
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A desperate writer fights for survival when the Mexican mob involves him in murder.

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Herberto Ortega
James McManus ...
Louis Graves
Tara Crespo ...
Lourdes Aguirre
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Enrique Rinaldo ...
Manuel
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Woman Patient
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Hotel Proprietor
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Louis' Wife (as Felicia Khoja)
Armando José Durán ...
Federale (as Armando Jose Duran)
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Fruit Vendor
Fred Herrera ...
Los Trovadores Mariachi Band Member
Felipe De La Rosa ...
Los Trovadores Mariachi Band Member
Anselmo Rivera ...
Los Trovadores Mariachi Band Member
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Storyline

A desperate writer fights for survival when the Mexican mob involves him in murder.

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

23 April 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Botcsinálta bérgyilkos  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,692 (USA) (23 April 1999)

Gross:

$32,142 (USA) (28 May 1999)
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James McManus' initial plan for the story was based on the idea of a man in a wheelchair rolling down a hill with guns blazing, akin to John Wayne in True Grit (1969). See more »

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La Paloma
Traditional Ethnic Source Music Arranged and Produced by Fred Herrera
Performed by Los Trovadores
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Smart, funny, some slow spots, and a great Eric Roberts performance
1 July 2000 | by (Northwest) – See all my reviews

If you have ever liked an Eric Roberts performance, this film is one you should make time for. It's a very unconventional film, making surprising and funny revelations here, twisting what you are expecting to happen there, and gradually revealing itself to be one of the darkest comedies you are likely to see.

The story is pretty simple, disillusioned loner is mistaken for a criminal, hired to do a hit, and a series of unfortunate events occur which are not what you expect and comprise the film.

This is certainly not for everyone. It's a variation on James M. Cain and if that's got some appeal the film is right up your alley. I suppose I might roll my eyes if read that in a review and think, "oh not that again...". Let me assure you, there's several surprising points of departure this film takes from most which sets it apart and above.

A few scenes are over-written, there are flaws, but there are enough clever moments and Roberts' brilliant performance overcomes all the bumps in the road.

If you don't like Eric Roberts however, you'll not like the film. He's in nearly every shot.

This will quickly and deservedly develop a strong cult following.


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