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El cochecito (1960)

Seventy-something Don Anselmo, a retired minister, becomes obsessed with owning a motorized wheelchair and fakes infirmity to get it.

Director:

Marco Ferreri

Writers:

Rafael Azcona (novel), Rafael Azcona (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Isbert ... Don Anselmo Proharán
Pedro Porcel Pedro Porcel ... Carlos Proharán
José Luis López Vázquez ... Alvarito
María Luisa Ponte ... Matilde
Lepe Lepe ... Don Lucas (as Jose A. Lepe)
Ángel Álvarez ... Álvarez
Antonio Gavilán Antonio Gavilán ... Don Hilario
María Isbert
Chus Lampreave ... Yolanda (as Maria Jesus Lampreave)
Carmen Santonja Carmen Santonja ... Julita (as Mari Carmen Santonja)
Eusebio Moreno Eusebio Moreno
Tiburcio Cámara Tiburcio Cámara
José Luis Heredia José Luis Heredia ... (as Heredia)
Anteno Anteno
Antonio Jiménez Escribano
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Storyline

Septuagenarian Don Anselmo Proharan, a retired government minister, finds himself sharing living space with his son, a penurious, bourgeoisie solicitor and his family. Don Anselmo, a widower, is restricted to one room of the house, and his social life has narrowed to attending wakes, funerals, and visiting the cemetery. When his paraplegic friend Don Lucas, gets a motorized wheelchair, Proharan accompanies him to his wife's grave to leave flowers. Don Anselmo soon becomes obsessed with getting his own "little coach" and joining the subculture of other "cochetito" owners. However, when his tight-fisted son refuses to buy a chair for him, the old man tries several gambits to get one. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | French

Release Date:

20 April 1961 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Coach See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

Company Credits

Production Co:

Films 59,Portabella Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Don Hilario: [to Don Anselmo] After all, by the year 2000 no one will use their legs... except soccer players, of course. But everyone else will go around in coaches.
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Azcona + Isbert = masterpiece
14 January 2006 | by rainking_esSee all my reviews

All of the friends of Anselmo (Pepe Isbert, a genius) have their own disabled-adapted little cars, they go anywhere they want: to the main square, to the country... Anselmo's on his own, and he feels lonely. No way! He decides he also wants one of those cars (doesn't matter if he's not a disabled person) and he'll do ANYTHING to get one: to pretend he's been left paralyzed, to steal... WHATEVER it takes.

"El cochecito" is nothing but a classic of Spanish cinema (or of cinema in general) and such a referent of European realism. It is a so funny comedy written by Rafael Azcona (maybe the best Spanish scriptwriter ever) and placed on the impoverished streets of Madrid (late 50's).

You MUSTN'T miss this one (not if you love cinema).

*My rate: 9/10


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