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La gran familia (1962)

Carlos Alonso and Mercedes Cebrián are parents of fifteen children of different ages. They all live with the grandfather and depend exclusively on Carlos work (moonlighting rigger) as the ... See full summary »


Fernando Palacios, Rafael J. Salvia (uncredited)


Pedro Masó, Rafael J. Salvia (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberto Closas ... Carlos Alonso
Amparo Soler Leal ... Mercedes Cebrián
José Isbert ... El abuelo
José Luis López Vázquez ... Juan, el padrino
María José Alfonso ... Mercedes Alonso
Carlos Piñar ... Antonio Alonso
Chonette Laurent Chonette Laurent ... Luisa Alonso (as Chonet Laurent)
Jaime Blanch ... Carlitos Alonso
Mircha Carven Mircha Carven ... Juanito Alonso
Francisco Martínez Ligero Francisco Martínez Ligero ... Julio César, el gemelo 1
Manuel Martínez Ligero Manuel Martínez Ligero ... Octavio Augusto, el gemelo 2
Conchita Rodríguez del Valle Conchita Rodríguez del Valle ... Carlota, la hacendosa (as Cochita Rodríguez del Valle)
Pedro Mari Sánchez Pedro Mari Sánchez ... Críspulo, el petardista (as Pedro María Sánchez)
Oscar Lowy Oscar Lowy ... Federico Guillermo
Carmen García Carmen García ... Victoria Eugenia


Carlos Alonso and Mercedes Cebrián are parents of fifteen children of different ages. They all live with the grandfather and depend exclusively on Carlos work (moonlighting rigger) as the sole breadwinner, which puts them in constant financial trouble. They also have the generous support of Juan the godfather, baker by profession. Through various events, we are told of everyday family life: a regular and full-time day of the clan; First communion of two sons; finals of nine of them; holiday on the Costa Dorada (Tarragona), propitious time for the romance of various members of the clan; the loss of Chencho, the baby of the family, in the Plaza Mayor of Madrid and its subsequent recovery. The arrival of their first television serves to announce the arrival of a new child. Written by jsanchez

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Release Date:

7 April 1965 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A grande família See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Followed by The Family, Fine, Thanks (1979) See more »

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Sentimental Spanish classy about a sympathetic family formed by two understanding parents and their fifteen children
31 December 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

It deals with a fine rigger, working in full-time, called Carlos Alonso : Alberto Closas, his wife Mercedes, Amparo Soler Leal, and their fifteen children : Pedro Mari Sanchez, Maria Jose Alfonso... of diverse ages living in Madrid. All of them live with the likeable grandfather giving a generous support, the great Jose Isbert, and usual home appearance by Juan, the good godfather: Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez. Subsequently, there takes place various incidents, communion, holidays on Tarragona, first romances and a sad event : missing Chencho that causes a deep gap and an extreme searching for streets, Plaza Mayor, and broadcasting by radio and TV, too. Through numerous events we watch the agreeable life of this enjoyable and attractive family. At the end it takes place the surprising arrival a new set : a television.

There are several stories all around, including first communion two children, Elementary school, High school and other stories, as we are told of everyday family life, such as holidays on Coast Dorada , first loving, loss Chencho and his subsequent recovery . Alberto Closas gives a nice acting as the hard-working moonlighting rigger who lives for his extense family. He is really enamored his wife Mercedes well played by Amparo Soler Leal. Along with a lot of children performed by charming newcomers. Support cast is frankly excellent, plenty of all Spanish secondary actors as Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez, Laly Soldevilla, Agustin Gonzalez, Jose Maria Prada, Maria Jose Alfonso, Jose Sepulveda, Xan Das Bolas, Francisco Valladares, Jesus Guzman, Angel Alvarez, and, of course, Jose Isbert.

It contains a diverting screenplay from notorious writers as Rafael J Salvia, Pedro Maso and Antonio Vich. And atmospheric musical score by Adolfo Waitzman. As well as an evocative cinematography in black and white by Juan Marine. The motion picture was professionally directed by Fernando Palacios, being well and solidly paced. He was a good filmmaker who directed some acceptable comedies as El dia de enamorados, Juanito, Tres de la Cruz Roja, Vuelve San Valentin, Marisol rumbo a Rio, Operacion embajada, Buscame esa chica, La familia y uno mas and Whisky y Vodka.

It is followed by La familia y uno mas or The family plus one 1965 in which the life of the disproportionated family has undergone various happenings and distresses, as the birth a new baby, the sixteenth, coinciding the death of the mummy, Amparo Soler Leal, who left behind an irreparable sadness, as well as the grandfather has also dead. And, subsequently, an inferior third installment, the really moralist : La familia bien gracias 1979 directed by the former producer , and screenwriter Pedro Maso , with script by prestigious Rafael Azcona.

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