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Living It Up (2000)
"La gran vida" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  11 October 2000 (Spain)
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Living It Up tells the story of a bus driver who is on the verge of committing suicide when a man offers him some friendly advice - borrow 100 million pesetas from the Mafia and do ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Carmelo Gómez ...
Tito Valverde ...
Alicia Agut ...
Miguel Ayones ...
Eusebio López ...
Maitre d'
Emilio A. Pina ...
Prestamista jefe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mikel Albisu ...
Financiero 2
Sayago Ayuso
Matón discoteca 1
Txema Blasco
Carita Boronska ...
Antonio P. Costafreda ...
(as Antonio Costafreda)
Carlos Manuel Díaz


Living It Up tells the story of a bus driver who is on the verge of committing suicide when a man offers him some friendly advice - borrow 100 million pesetas from the Mafia and do everything he has ever dreamed of before ending his life. While spending the money he falls in love with Mexican waitress and realizes now he has something to live for. The only problem is that now he has to find a way to pay back the $1 million he owes to the Mafia! Written by Vanja Miloshevski <>

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

11 October 2000 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Az eltapsolt pénz  »

Box Office


ESP 235,692,963 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Otra vez
Written by Noa (Spanish version by Raquel y Nuria Díaz)
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Warm and interesting story!
25 October 2001 | by (Cairo, Egypt) – See all my reviews

I came across La Gran vida at a friend's place, when I was asking him to suggest a movie for me. I am glad he recommended this. This is like a breath of fresh air! It is a light movie, about how desperate life can become, or... how interesting it can be. It all depends on how much money you have as the movie suggests. So Carmelo Gómez (Martin), a bus driver with not much of a life figures out that its not worth it ... Suicide is the answer. But as he attempts to commit suicide, some guy tries to make him change his decision, with a very tempting question: How about Living for one week with 100 million dollars in your hands then die after that? -- Now that is an interesting offer for sure. He will take 100 million dollars, but he must return them as 150 after one week, or else he gets killed, well he is about to commit suicide so why not delay it for a week? And so ... we join the ride, one poor man's 7 day journey with excessive wealth! Salma Hayek (Lola), looking better than ever, is very convincing in her role. Don't look for a great script with twists, look for a warm and interesting story! Avoid some draw backs from the writers and you will enjoy this. Enjoy Carmelo Gómez's acting, very good! It doesn't demand much, so don't ask for a lot! 7/10

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