Grim Fandango (1998)

Video Game  |  Adventure, Comedy, Crime
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Manuel Calavera is a travel agent in The Land of the Dead who has stumbled across a ring of corruption.


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Credited cast:
Mercedes 'Meche' Colomar (voice) (as Maria Canals)
Glottis (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pugsy / Carla (voice) (as Pamela Segall)
Jack Angel ...
Bruno Martinez / Chepito / Large Hitman / Seaman Naranja (voice)
Bill Capizzi ...
Maximino (voice)
Chief Bogen / 1st Thunder Boy / Blue Casket's Waiter (voice)
Domino Hurley (voice)
Lola (voice)
Morgan Hunter ...
Toto Santos (voice)
Lupe (voice)
Milton James ...
Membrillo / Skinny Hitman (voice)
Aitor / Alexi / 2nd Thunder Boy (voice)
Raoul / 2nd Mayan Mechanic / Gate Keeper / Cat Track Announcer (voice)
Paula Killen ...
Olivia Ofrenda (voice)


In a world where, if you had lead a good life, you would have a fast trip to the next stage of existence, something is terribly wrong. Manuel Calavera (you), a sort-of lost soul who is working towards his ascension by being a travel agent in The Land of the Dead discovers that either he is given all the clients which had lead evil lives (and therefore would have to wait a very long time to reach the next stage) or that someone is holding back on all of the good cases that would speed up Manuel's ascension. Fed up with this, Manuel decides to find out what exactly is going on. Is there something going on with the free passes (that very good people get)? And if so, who is behind it? And why? Written by Lee Horton <>

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An Epic Tale Of Crime & Corruption In The Land Of The Dead. See more »


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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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The only time "grim fandango" is ever mentioned is in Olivia's poem, about two star-struck lovers who are lost in the world, and their search for each other is a four year trial (a "grim fandango"). See more »


Manuel Calavera: Did you kill much when you were alive?
Mercedes Colomar: Very little.
Manuel Calavera: Never killed anybody.
Mercedes Colomar: I have to confess... I never killed anybody.
Manuel Calavera: Not even a teensy bit of killing?
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Remade as Grim Fandango: Remastered (2015) See more »

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23 November 2001 | by (Maine) – See all my reviews

This game is smokin! I loved the witty dialogue and jazzy music. The scenery makes the sometimes impossible puzzles worth solving to see. I have to admit I cheated and went to online walkthroughs for help, but this game was really fun for the most part. It's a little odd that I found Manny almost attractive. I mean, the guy is a cartoon, he has no skin, but he's such a snappy dresser! And he's really cool and funny. Thanks again to those guys at LucasArts for making a wonderful game. I also loved Jedi Knight, and of course I'm a major Star Wars fan.

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