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Mexican Bus Ride (1952)

Subida al cielo (original title)
A newly-wed country boy receives the terrible news that his mother is dying, and takes a long and dangerous bus trip to the city to contact a notary for her last will and testament. Will he resist temptation and do the right thing?

Director:

Luis Buñuel

Writers:

Manuel Altolaguirre (story and adaptation), Luis Buñuel (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lilia Prado ... Raquel
Esteban Mayo Esteban Mayo ... Oliverio Grajales (as Esteban Márquez)
Luis Aceves Castañeda ... Silvestre
Manuel Dondé ... Eladio González
Roberto Cobo ... Juan Grajales
Beatriz Ramos Beatriz Ramos ... Elisa
Manuel Noriega Manuel Noriega ... Licenciado Figueroa (as Manolo Noriega)
Roberto Meyer Roberto Meyer ... Don Nemesio Álvarez y Villalbazo
Pedro Elviro Pedro Elviro ... El cojo (as Pitouto)
Pedro Ibarra Pedro Ibarra ... Felipe Grajales
Leonor Gómez Leonor Gómez ... Doña Linda
Chel López Chel López ... Compadre Chema
Paz Villegas Paz Villegas ... Doña Ester - Mamá de Oliverio (as Paz Villegas de Orellana)
Silvia Castro Silvia Castro
Paula Rendón Paula Rendón
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Storyline

Ecstatic, a young country boy, Oliverio, can't wait to take his untouched and beautiful newly-wed bride to an offshore islet for their honeymoon. Instead, the unfortunate groom receives the terrible news that his mother is dying--and to further complicate things--he must take a long and dangerous bus trip to the city to contact a notary for his mother's last will and testament. Time is of the essence, and Oliverio's brothers are on pins and needles waiting to sort out the matter. Will Oliverio resist temptation and do the right thing? Written by Nick Riganas

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Comedy

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

26 June 1952 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Mexican Bus Ride See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Producciones Isla S.A. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In his autobiography, "My Last Sigh", Luis Buñuel wrote that the screenplay was based on adventures that actually happened to his friend and producer of the film, Spanish poet Manuel Altolaguirre, while on a bus trip. See more »

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left me thinking about the righteous path
30 December 2001 | by rogierrSee all my reviews

Subida al cielo is a messy little story probably about the distractions and small miracles happening on everybody's way to heaven. It is short and seems simple, but there are sometimes strange things happening: has anybody the strength to go straight? If one does really go straight, one probably do not even have dreams. Dreams, wishful thinking and miracles like the improbable solution (by a little girl) for getting the bus out of the river with an ox instead of a tractor and the small miracle of the two vehicles that for no apparent reason suddenly CAN pass each other on the narrow path after a short meeting. Furthermore, Buñuel incorporates a few modest but funny dream sequences to emphasize that people (secretly) can think of other things, while they are on their certain way to heaven (the righteous path?). The English title 'Mexican Bus Ride' applies very well I guess: the whole is kind of low profile (probably also low budget :)

The acting is ok, but I never really got into the story, because the editing isn't good and there is no convincing mood to get into, although Buñuel uses some music in this movie. Miniature cars and sets make it fun to watch, but also do not convince. The movie feels more like an exercise than as a message from the heart, but I would like to see it again some time. 5/10


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