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La llamaban La Madrina (1973)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Trini
... Momia (as José Sazatornil 'Saza')
... Justino
... Tute
Luis Barbero ... El abuelo
... Agente B-52
... Madame (as Africa Prat)
... Baldomero
... Justiniano, padre de Justino
Nélida Quiroga ... Madre de Justino
Goyo Lebrero ... Abelardo
José Marco
Ignacio de Paúl


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21 April 1973 (Spain)  »

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So-so but entertaining Spanish comedy about swindlers with likable and charming characterizations by all Spanish-star-cast
8 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Mariano Ozores comedy with the sympathetic actress Lina Morgan and a great plethora of Spanish actors . Mediocre but fun comedy dealing with swindlers , it stars Trini (Lina Morgan) and her gang (José Saza , Emilio Laguna and her grandfather : Luis Barbero , among others) . She's a small-time delinquent who is an utter flop because of the moment she executes crimes and misdemeanors Trini fails and things go awry. However , their criminal activities are second-class , that's why all of them wish to adapt themselves to modern times , and to have big success at their works they are emphasizing in new robbing techniques , as Trini acts as a resourceful teacher of his band . Later on , they are assigned by Police Inspectors (Alfredo Mayo , Jose Riesgo) to execute a risked mission : to substitute a suitcase of an international mobster (Jack Taylor) . If Trini gets to carry out perfectly the assignment she will have her imprisoned father (Alfonso Del Real) in freedom . As they demonstrate their skills at a hotel where takes place bungling operations , confusion and mayhem . At the end it takes place some spectacular car chases filled with bounds , leaps and crashes .

Funny and uneven comedy , appointed for all kind of public about a silly premise : an expert young delinquent and her botcher group of cons pull off tiny robbing while they are hired by Police to carry out a dangerous mission . It takes a simple concept , a band of shameless delinquents execute petty thefts and tricks in similar style to classical films of Commedia all'Italiana of the fifties , including the famous ¨Tocomocho¨ fraud and great amusement . It follows the wake of known films as ¨Los Tramposos¨, ¨Atraco a Las Tres¨, and ¨Los Que Tocan El Piano¨ or "They Who Play the Piano" . This flick is a comical and sometimes disconcerting account of a bunch of lower class people from the personal , social , cultural , and economic perspective , because needing all of them , urgently , amount of money to resolve their problematic lives as well as to free the Trini's daddy . Here there are some nice jokes , comical sketches and the cast plays eccentric characters . It is a nutty Spanish comedy that offers no intellectual stimulus whatsoever , though it has some entertaining and hilarious moments . The film attempts to give laughs but it falls short , resulting in an average and sometimes embarrassing film . Bemusing story with enjoyable but also absurd moments and attractive acting by likable comedians : Lina Morgan and Antonio Ozóres . An enticing but disconcerting Spanish comedy film and with its ups and downs ; here our protagonist , the great Lina Morgan , demonstrates her real comical skills . The movies Lina played were funny and with many support's actors . The films were with short budget and lackluster but including comedy and lots of fun , and many of them directed by Mariano Ozores . Lina was a famous actress , she starred successful films , such as : ¨La Tonta Del Bote¨, ¨La Graduada¨ , ¨La Descarrida¨, ¨Fin Semana Al Desnudo¨ , ¨Pecados De Una Chica Decente ¨ , ¨Una Pareja Distinta¨ , ¨Esta Es Lo Que Es¨, ¨Un Dia con Sergio¨, ¨Imposible Para Una Solterona¨ , and several others . Being specially known for his TV series such as ¨Hostal Royal Manzanares (1996), Una De Dos (1998) and Academia Baile Gloria (2001) , but she left ¨Escenas de Matrimonio¨ three weeks after joining the cast , due to health problems until her recent death in 2015 . Supporting cast is plenty of familiar faces such as : José Saza , Emilio Laguna , Luis Barbero , Bárbara Rey , África Pratt , Erasmo Pascual , Jesús Tordesillas , Goyo Lebrero , and many others .

This one is an average picture , being middlingly directed by Mariano Ozores in his usual style and had enough success in the Spanish box office . Mariano's family origin is into show business , being son of Mariano Ozores Sr and brother of José Luis Ozores and Antonio Ozores . Furthermore , uncle of Emma Ozores and Adriana Ozores . Many actors and technicians worked and ate thanks to the huge success of his films . Those contained many nude girls , laughs and slapstick . Mariano is a craftsman filmmaker and writer , in fact he wrote the fun screenplay , he recently won a Goya Award (2016) to his long and fruitful career . Mariano made with two famous comedians -Fernando Esteso and Andres Pajares- several films , as they had various years partnership between the two leads , such as ¨Agitese Antes Usarla¨ , ¨Al Este Del Oeste¨, ¨Los Liantes¨, ¨Los Energeticos¨, ¨La Lola Lleva Al Huerto¨ , ¨El Currante¨ , ¨El Hijo Del Cura¨...these films are filled with humor that still holds up , especially for those not easily offended ; being sometimes cheesy and gross-out with numerous naughty and picaresque situations such as sex jokes , adulteries , crazy events , nudism , absurd situations , jealousy , and erotic scenes . Plus , they partially reflected the mood and the reality of Spain in the immediate Post-Franco era , dealing with politic juncture about the post-Franquismo in similar style to other films from this period . Ozores has a prolific career , as writer and as director , especially in comedy genre such as : Disparate Nacional , Tahiti's Girl , Brujas Magicas , Los Presuntos , Cuatro Mujeres Y Un Lío , Tío ¿De Verdad Vienen De París? , Alcalde Por Elección , Ellas Los Prefieren... Locas , El Apolítico , Jenaro El De Los 14 , Manolo La Nuit , El Abuelo Tiene plan , La Llamaban La Madrina , La Graduada , Venta Por Pisos and many others .

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