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Muertos de risa (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  12 March 1999 (Spain)
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Nino and Bruno are two comedians who reach the heights of success with their duo act, turning them into huge TV celebrities. However, the hate between them grows as fast, and as much, as their fame.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nino
El Gran Wyoming ...
Bruno
Álex Angulo ...
Julián
Carla Hidalgo ...
Laura
Eduardo Gómez ...
El Pobre Tino
José María Íñigo ...
Himself
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Himself
Manuel Tallafé ...
El Mago Silber
Jesús Bonilla ...
Sargento '23 F'
Alfonso Lussón ...
Berasategui, el productor
Ramón Barea ...
Realizador '23 F'
Rafael Luna ...
Ricky, el peluquero
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Legionario brutal
Ramón Churruca ...
Legionario brutal (as Ramón Txurruca)
Sergio Pazos ...
Legionario brutal
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Nino and Bruno are two comedians who reach the heights of success with their duo act, turning them into huge TV celebrities. However, the hate between them grows as fast, and as much, as their fame.

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Rated R for language and some nudity | See all certifications »
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12 March 1999 (Spain)  »

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A nevetés halála  »

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€3,500,000 (estimated)
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The principal theme of the soundtrack is based on Los pekenikes's song Embustero y bailarín (Liar and dancer). See more »

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Bruno: Baja ahora mismo que no quiero manchar la tapicería del coche.
Nino: ¿Y si no me bajo?
Bruno: Entonces tendré que manchar la tapicería del coche.
Vecino indignado: ¡Que pasa ahi! ¿Es que se ha vuelto loco? ¡Voy a llamar a la policía!
Bruno: ¡Eh! ¡No me pise el césped o disparo! ¡Esta es nuestra casa y hacemos lo que nos da la gana!
Vecino indignado: ¡Cuidado! No hable con él señora que es peligroso.
Bruno: ¡Eso! ¡No hable conmigo! ¡No me dirijan la palabra que me acaban de taladrar un pie y estoy muy nervioso!
Vecina desdentada: ¡Son unos cerdos degenerados! ¡Como todos los ...
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Outrageous movie with outlandish characters , enjoyable imagery , twisted plot and well directed by offbeat filmmaker Alex De La Iglesia
1 January 2014 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Roaring and twisted tragicomedy by the king of black comedy , Alex De La Iglesia , including strong performances from two protagonists and excellent plethora of secondaries . Nino (Santiago Segura , Alex's fetish actor) and Bruno (El Gran Wyoming) are two comedians who reach the heights of success with their duo act, turning them into huge TV celebrities , being interviewed by the famous presenter Jose Maria Iñigo . However, the hate between them grows as fast, and as much, as their fame . They are two singers and stand-up comedians who reach the heights of their fame and fortune with their jobs , being hired by the manager Julian (Alex Angulo) , and subsequently contracted by Chicho Ibañez Serrador for ¨1, 2, 3¨ program , but their confrontation turning them into deadly enemies . As the lethal hate between them grows as fast, and as much, as their strong facing off leads to unexpected consequences . It all ends with a breathtaking and operatic duel in a downward spiral of madness .

Alex De la Iglesia is an excellent Spanish director , he is back with this tragical dark comedy with ironical elements , thrills , emotions and results to be pretty entertaining . Alex had much success as "Accion Mutante" , " El Dia De la Bestia" , "Perlita Durango" and ¨La Comunidad¨ , among others . Here deals with a homage to dark humor and a typical Spanish story in which there are comedy , tongue-in-cheek , black humor , action , drama and a lot of amusement . It's a groundbreaking drama/comedy giving the right developing through the whole movie .¨Dying of laughter¨ or ¨Muertos De Risa¨ is a full-on surreal psychotronic black-comedy that blends thrills , suspense , tension as well as an amusing script full of dark humor , drama and exciting situations . Packed with scenes of ridiculous nature, this story is an absurd farce , as we follow the ascending careers of a pair of comical actors , Santiago Segura and El Gran Wyoming whose fates are issued by a top rise to fame , it is inter-weaved by the appearance a third character , a gorgeous girl , Carla Hidalgo who has some nude scenes . Interesting screenplay Alex De La Iglesia who usually writes his films and bears remarkable resemblance to ulterior ¨Balada Triste Para Trompeta¨ also with two artists -Carlos Areces , Antonio De La Torre- who reach big hits with their spectacles , becoming them at the same time into huge enemies .

The narration is so filled with colorful characters , noisy action , nutty comedy, crazy violence mixed with humor or with silly elements and an underlying sense of tragicomedy, and it is so excessive and plenty of surprises, one can't help but keep watching, much as it is over the top in more than one time . The film works on various levels and is constantly reconfigured , however contains some embarrassing , contriving moments and also certain excess . Alex De La Iglesia has created a picture here that in all honesty is very difficult to categorise in terms of genre , as there's a little bit of action , quite a lot of comedy, a good deal of crazy situations and a host of extreme gruesomeness ; but it does not fit into any one genre very well at all, in truth this is one of the things that makes it cool . Acting personnel all do excellent work in bizarre roles. Although director Álex de la Iglesia considered casting Fernando Esteso as Nino and Andrés Pajares as Bruno. Very good support cast formed by notorious Spanish secondaries such as Eduardo Gómez as Tino, Manuel Tallafé as El Mago Silber , Maria Asquerino as Mother , Ramon Barea , Alfonso Del Real , Jesús Bonilla as Sargento '23 F' , Alfonso Lussón as Berasategui and the great Sancho Gracia as Legionario . But special notice needs to be made for Alex Angulo for also being quite ridiculously role throughout . Furthermore , a brief intervention by the presenter Jose Maria Iñigo , and the magician Uri Geller . Interesting screenplay Alex De La Iglesia and Javier Guerricaechevarria who usually work united . Atmospheric as well as evocative cinematography by Flavio Martinez Laviano with a nice camera work . Adequate musical score by Roque Baños , the soundtrack flows great with the film in every way, and creates fantastic atmospheres in every moment ; the main theme of the soundtrack is based on Los Pekenikes's song Embustero. The motion picture lavishly produced by the great producer Andres Vicente Gomez was well directed by De La Iglesia . He's a cool director has got much success as ¨Accion Mutante¨ , ¨Baby's room¨ , ¨Oxford murders¨ and ¨Balada Triste De Una Trompeta¨ and winner of several Goyas (Spanish Oscars), however his movies have not yet reached box office in USA, but he has strong followers . Nonsense, ridicule , laughters , absurdity , disturbing scenes .. and many other issues ; you can find everything in this flick . The movie is a lot of fun, especially for those who enjoy surrealist as well as crazy humor . This is without a doubt a fun and enjoyable movie to be enjoyed for dark humor buffs and Alex De Iglesia fans.


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