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Placido (1961)

Plácido (original title)
In a small Spanish town, a group of old ladies decides to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "seat a poor man at your table" dinner: each wealthy household of the town will have a homeless ... See full summary »


Luis García Berlanga (as Luis G. Berlanga)


Luis García Berlanga (story) (as Luis G. Berlanga), Rafael Azcona (story) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Cassen ... Plácido Alonso (as Casto Sendra 'Cassen')
José Luis López Vázquez ... Gabino Quintanilla
Elvira Quintillá ... Emilia
Manuel Alexandre ... Julián Alonso
Mario de Bustos Mario de Bustos ... Don Rodolfo
María Francés ... Hermana de la Caridad
Mari Carmen Yepes Mari Carmen Yepes ... Martita (as Carmen Yepes)
Jesús Puche Jesús Puche ... Jefe de estación
Roberto Llamas Roberto Llamas ... Damián Olmedo
Amelia de la Torre ... Doña Encarna de Galán
Juan G. Medina Juan G. Medina ... Don Arturo
José María Caffarel ... Zapater (as José Mª Caffarel)
Xan das Bolas ... Rivas
Fernando Delgado ... Representante
Laura Granados ... Erika


In a small Spanish town, a group of old ladies decides to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "seat a poor man at your table" dinner: each wealthy household of the town will have a homeless person dining with them that night. The celebrations also include a parade, and in its midst is Plácido, the humble owner of a three-wheeler, whose family is forced to live in a public lavatory because they lack the money to pay rent, and who must pay the second bill on his vehicle before midnight or else he will lose it. Written by Pablo Montoya

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Comedy | Drama


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Prior to playing Placido, Cassen was a comedian. His work in Placido was his first time in film. See more »


Referenced in Noche de verano (1963) See more »

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Placido: one of the best Spanish movies
27 July 2016 | by ovidio_ortizSee all my reviews

Directed in 1961 by this great director Luis Garcia Berlanga, believe his better movie with an incredible perfection, handling the times inventing the plane it sequences. With a seemingly simple synopsis: In a city of provinces, the Ladies' Meeting decides to promote a charitable campaign for the Christmas: the small bourgeois es will sit to his table to a poor person in the dinner of Christmas Eve. And to help to convince, also they will have the opportunity to invite the famous one to his table. All this supported by the manufacturer of pots Cocinex. With an exceptional script in which it takes care of all the details, offering a real statement of Spanish, so unbalanced company where the rich ones they are done mas rich and the poor are done mas poor. In spite of the fact that it is of the year 1961 it continues being a masterpiece, which has not been overcome in spite of the years, unforgettable prominent figures, a movie that every lover of the cinema must see.

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Release Date:

27 June 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Placido See more »

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Production Co:

Jet Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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