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Ángel Muñiz (writer)
Reynaldo Disla (writer)
Release Date:
September 2003 (Dominican Republic) See more »
Three convicted criminals escape from prison carrying only a Güira, a Tambora and an Accordion. During their journey they meet with a bunch of interesting characters and are forced to use their musical skills to help them get home. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Raymond Pozo ... Francisco
Manolo Ozuna ... Mauricio
Phillip Rodríguez ... Manuel
Giovanny Cruz ... General Contreras
Fernando Coste ... Arcadio

Miguel Céspedes ... Quepis
Pancho Clisante ... The narrator (as José 'Pancho' Clisante)

Lumi Lizardo ... Cristina, Manuel's wife (as Lumy Lizardo)
Berenice Aquino ... Celia, Francisco's wife
Clara Luz Lozano ... Loly, Mauricio's wife
Kenny Grullon ... The bus driver (as Kenny Grullón)
Raquel Ureña ... Passenger 1
Cenia Rodríguez ... Passenger 2
Héctor Sierra ... Boca

Richard Douglas ... Blanco, the leftist prisoner

Gyana Mella ... Susana, the journalist (as Gianna Mella)
Frantz Duge ... The Haitian ambassador
José M. 'Tulile' Rivera ... Euclídes, the drug dealer
Edward Saint-Hilaire ... The barber
Vickiana ... Contrera's wife
Micky Montilla ... Bico, the cross-eyed soldier
Ivonne Anthy ... Yuberty, a maid
Carlos Berg ... Cara de Caballo
Reynaldo Disla ... The traveling merchant
Miguel Ángel Martínez ... Libio, the Communist
Fausto Mata ... Gengibrero, the bomb thrower
Fernando Rodríguez ... The truck driver
Roberto Chang ... The Chinese migrant
Ángel Haché ... Facito Ortiz, a peasant
Ruth Ocumarez ... Zeneida, the peasant's daughter (as Ruth Ocumáres)
Iliá Aponte ... Papo, the peasant's son
Nicolás Días ... The preacher (as Nicolás Díaz Maigaro)
Pipe García ... Evangelist 1
Olga Bucarelli ... Evangelist 2
Juan Maria Almonte ... The Mayor General
Fefita La Grande ... China, the madam (as Fefita la Grande)
Fiume Michel Gomez ... The fat prostitute (as Fiume Michel Gómez)
Tony Pascual ... The plantation foreman
Enrique Cabrera ... The Haitian worker
Isabel Spencer ... Prostitute 1
Mónica Gómez ... Prostitute 2
Pilar Pineda ... Mauricio's neighbor

Directed by
Ángel Muñiz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Reynaldo Disla  writer
Ángel Muñiz  writer

Produced by
Manuel Corripio .... executive producer
Miguel Ángel Muñiz .... executive producer
Ángel Muñiz .... executive producer
Leticia Tonos .... producer
Original Music by
PengBian Sang 
Cinematography by
Peyi Guzmán 
Film Editing by
Puro Moreno C. 
Art Direction by
Josell Hernández (director of art)
Set Decoration by
Hector Dario Gutierrez 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Humberto Castellanos .... assistant director (as Humberto 'Ché' Castellanos)
Sound Department
Antonio L. Arroyo .... supervising sound editor
Kevin Bowe .... assistant sound designer
Roberto Migone .... sound re-recording mixer assistant
Su-Jeng Sang .... boom operator
Jose Torres .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Hector Dario Gutierrez .... special effects crew
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerald Jimenez .... first assistant camera
Transportation Department
Hector Dario Gutierrez .... picture car coordinator
Other crew
Pedro J. Lopez .... location manager
Ruben Abud .... special thanks (as Rubén Dario Abud)

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The scene where Margarita tips over the train rails was an unplanned accident. The vehicle fell and nearly broke Manolo Ozuna's leg. The subsequent dialogue was improvised after it was verified that the actor was alright.See more »
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Referenced in Ladrones a domicilio (2008)See more »


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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Better than I expected., 1 January 2004
Author: Arturo Garcí­a Lasca from Dominican Republic

After reading a couple of reviews in the newspapers, I just had to give "Perico Ripiao" a chance, and surprisingly enough I found it to be amusing, not the piece of crap I was expecting.

I'm not even gonna bother commenting on it's plot, it's direction, the acting ability of the main cast, etc. I've read a few people say "they acted nicely, blah blah...", but to tell you the truth, with this kind of film, you don't need good acting to make it work. Maybe a cleverly written script, but that's all.

"Perico Ripiao" only worked 'cause it's filled with jokes based on absurd situations that sometimes actually happen in real life, at least in here, Dominican Republic. Being such a small country, everyone will feel identified with at least one of the characters, even if it's just for a single moment of the film. The popular phrases and expressions make it quite fun for us to watch, as we never see them in another movie, as you might have guessed.

Still, "Perico Ripiao" has one main problem, which other dominican films have had: it would only work for dominican audiences. This film will never be internationally known... And even if someone tried to make it famous outside our boarders, the people would just not understand the film. Sure, they'd get the idea of the plot... but they would definitely not feel/understand the things only we dominicans do.

All of this only drives me to one main question... When will a dominican filmmaker attempt to make a film that doesn't rely so much on our language/jokes/culture ? Something that could be watched/understood by someone in any side of the world, something they could watch and feel the same way we do. I hope that day isn't too distant..

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