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The Children of Sanchez (1978)

The Sanchez clan has seen the worst of times living in impoverished Mexico but they have survived by sticking together. When Sanchez's oldest daughter Consuelo plans to change direction and... See full summary »


Hall Bartlett


Hall Bartlett, Oscar Lewis (book) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Quinn ... Jesús Sánchez
Dolores del Rio ... Grandma Paquita
Lupita Ferrer Lupita Ferrer ... Consuelo Sánchez (as Melanie Farrar)
Katy Jurado ... Chata
Stathis Giallelis ... Roberto Sánchez
Lucía Méndez ... Martha Sánchez
Duncan Quinn Duncan Quinn ... Manuel Sánchez
Héctor Bonilla ... Mario
Patricia Aspíllaga Patricia Aspíllaga
Patricia Reyes Spíndola ... (as Patricia Spindola)
José Carlos Ruiz
Helena Rojo
Rebeca Silva Rebeca Silva
René Cardona ... (as René Cardona Sr.)
Domingo Ambriz Domingo Ambriz


The Sanchez clan has seen the worst of times living in impoverished Mexico but they have survived by sticking together. When Sanchez's oldest daughter Consuelo plans to change direction and build a life of her own, the family and Sanchez face an enormous challenge.

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Its Power and Passion Will Touch All Our Hearts - Because We Are All the Children of Sanchez




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Mexico | USA



Release Date:

12 April 1979 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Kinder von Sanchez See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm optical prints) (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Anthony Quinn first announced this as an MGM production back in 1964 with Sophia Loren opposite him. See more »


Consuelo Sánchez: This time I think you should vote, Father
Jesús Sánchez: Vote? What do you think they're gonna change? You know what they'll change? Chairs - Mr Gomez, you sit here, Mr Gonzalez, you sit there. That's what they'll change - chairs.
Consuelo Sánchez: If enough people try to improve things, that's the only way. We have to speak up.
Jesús Sánchez: The only way not to be kicked in the ass is to know your place. And keep your mouth shut.
Consuelo Sánchez: We have a right to change things.
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Crazy Credits

For Guadalupe, Cathy, Laurie, Alice, Paul. See more »


The Children Of Sanchez
Written by Chuck Mangione
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The longest movie ever made.
6 July 1999 | by matt-81See all my reviews

Oh, boy. My brother is a jazz trumpet player and saw this film a year or so ago because of the Mangione score. It instantly became his least favorite film OF ALL TIME. He would groan and dry-sob over it, telling me how unbelievably poor it was, and even he admitted that the score matched nothing that happens in the film.

Being a lover of truly bad cinema, I gave this the old college try, despite his warnings that it was intolerable and seemed to go on forever. He was oh-so-right.

This heaving waste heap begins with a snail paced procession of Catholics making a pilgrimage through the Mexican desert, bearing a cross and all. Mangione's 'accompanying' music is incredibly upbeat and fast, sounding like it would be more appropriate during a car chase on 'CHiPs!' It reminded me of an effect that Fellini goes after intentionally in '8 1/2,' where you see very old, slow and fragile people parade by a panning camera to Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries."

The first true sign that this movie has serious trouble is the fact that 17 minutes into the show, they are still giving you subtitles, explaining who characters are! There are so many people in this movie that it would be near impossible to know who they were in one viewing, let alone with sub-titles (i.e., SO-AND-SO SANCHEZ: son of Jesus, or SO-AND-SO SANCHEZ: daughter of Jesus). This points to two things - the screenplay is weak beyond the shame of such a gimmick (and trust me, it is!), and/or the producers panicked when the film was done and realized they should've chopped half the characters from the book right out of the film. The absolute most ludicrous moment comes when, at the end of a long day at work, late at night Sanchez comes up to a door in the city. Where could he possibly be? At home, of course, ready for food and bed. Then the subtitle comes: HOME OF SANCHEZ. What, did you think people were that STUPID?! This is like a gag out of 'Airplane!'

The film's production values are that of low budget 70's tv, the acting is terrible (except Quinn, he's just Quinn), and the ending is not to be believed. This thing never seems like it will end - I first checked to see how long it had been running, hoping it was almost over, at the 1 hr 7 min mark! Absolutely, 100% deplorable.

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