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)
Bill Capizzi ...
Maximino (voice)
Domino Hurley (voice)
Lola (voice)
Morgan Hunter ...
Toto Santos (voice)
Lupe (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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30 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deeds of the Dead  »

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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 »


[the beatnik waiter is putting dirty hookah water into the coffin shooter drinks]
Blue Casket's Waiter: Just a dab will drop ya.
[Sees Manny watching]
Blue Casket's Waiter: Hey, man. You didn't see me put the secret ingredient in these coffin shooters, did ya?
Manuel Calavera: Relax. Olivia stole the recipe from me in the first place.
Blue Casket's Waiter: Yeahhhh... she steals from the rich, and gives to me to pour.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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best.. game... ever.. created.
24 July 2006 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

there is so much to say about this game... that i just don't know where to start. you know, every once in a while a great game is being created... the game is so unique and that it just steals your heart and makes playing it an unforgettable experience.. but no game has ever..ever combined so much genius and at the same time, soul and creativity... and in this game, "grim fandango", you have so much of them both that just looking at the environment of the game melts you... now i have played a lot of games from all kinds, and there were some games that made me feel this way, games like monkey island, neverhood, oddworld and many more games that are all very good. but never, ever, a game so good with such a great plot and art directions has been created, and to create a game like this takes a gigantic Passion for games, intelligence and a really large heart. this fantastic Mexican film noir style game can be played over and over as a game, as a movie, or even just to remember the great characters on it such as many calavera, the hero or glottis his friend, that are so hard to say goodbye when the game ends... there is no reason in the world why this game should not be voted 10, and it can be described in 3 words: best - game - ever. but on the other hand, it cant be described in words... because only when you play it you understand the greatness of it...

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