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Macario (1960)

Poor, hungry peasant Macario longs for just one good meal on the Day of the Dead. After his wife cooks a turkey for him, he meets three apparitions, the Devil, God, and Death. Each asks him... See full summary »

Director:

Roberto Gavaldón

Writers:

B. Traven (story "The Third Guest"), Emilio Carballido (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Ignacio López Tarso ... Macario
Pina Pellicer ... Esposa de Macario
Enrique Lucero ... La muerte
Mario Alberto Rodríguez Mario Alberto Rodríguez ... Don Ramiro
José Gálvez ... El diablo
José Luis Jiménez José Luis Jiménez ... Dios
Eduardo Fajardo ... Virrey
Consuelo Frank ... Virreina
José Dupeyrón José Dupeyrón ... (as Jose Dupeiront)
Celia Tejeda Celia Tejeda ... Chona
Pepé y sus Marionetas Pepé y sus Marionetas
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Storyline

Poor, hungry peasant Macario longs for just one good meal on the Day of the Dead. After his wife cooks a turkey for him, he meets three apparitions, the Devil, God, and Death. Each asks him to share his turkey, but he refuses all except Death. In return, Death gives him a bottle of water which will heal any illness. Soon, Macario is more wealthy than the village doctor, which draws the attention of the feared Inquisition. Written by Elladan <elladan@eskimo.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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Trivia

The scene where Macario visits Death at the Cave with the Candles, which each of them represent a human life, would inspire a similar scene on the animated film "The Book of Life" (2014). Both films use El Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) as a main theme. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Una familia de diez: Cambio de Hábitos (2007) See more »

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macabre, haunting and wonderful
1 February 2003 | by shoolaroonSee all my reviews

this is truly a great, and rarely seen movie. it's beautifully photographed, wonderfully acted, and has the feel of a classic grimms brothers fairy tale (although this is too serious a movie for children). i was totally unfamiliar with the mexican film industry and basically only knew mexican wrestler movies, etc. this proves that there were and maybe, are, great movies coming out of mexico that deserve attention and prominence. great movie - 10 out of 10.


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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

9 June 1960 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Macario See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Clasa Films Mundiales See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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