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Espérame en el cielo (1988)

Did Franco have a double? The story is set in the late 40's, in Spain... The humble owner of an orthopedics shop in Madrid is abducted by a misterious group... He disappears for the ... See full summary »


Antonio Mercero


Antonio Mercero, Horacio Valcárcel (screenplay) (as Horacio Valcarcel) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Pepe Soriano ... Paulino Alonso / Francisco Franco
José Sazatornil ... Alberto Sinsoles (as José Sazatornil 'Saza')
Chus Lampreave ... Emilia
Manolo Codeso Manolo Codeso ... Luis
Amparo Valle Amparo Valle ... Rosa
Paco Cambres Paco Cambres ... Capellán de El Pardo (as Francisco Cambres)
José Luis Barceló José Luis Barceló ... Almirante Carrero Blanco (as Jose Luis Barcelo)
Josefina Calatayud Josefina Calatayud ... Carmen Polo
Pedro Civera Pedro Civera ... Embajador egipcio
Miguel de Grandy Miguel de Grandy ... Ayudante de campo
Pedro del Río Pedro del Río ... Cura (as Pedro del Rio)
Francisco Javier Francisco Javier ... Mayordomo
Chari Moreno Chari Moreno ... Mujer del mayordomo
Lorenzo Ramírez Lorenzo Ramírez ... Sereno (as Lorenzo Ramirez)
Gabriel Latorre Gabriel Latorre ... Barbero
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Did Franco have a double? The story is set in the late 40's, in Spain... The humble owner of an orthopedics shop in Madrid is abducted by a misterious group... He disappears for the external world... What happened to him? Due to an uncanny similarity with the dictator, Franco, he has been "selected" for the highly secret "Operation Janus", to provide a double for Franco for dangerous moments. Written by Jose Beltran <pepe@prince.pe.u-tokyo.ac.jp>

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Tuvo Franco un doble?




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The name of main character of this movie, a man forced to become a double of Francisco Franco, is Paulino which was Franco's real second name. See more »


Alberto Sinsoles: [Aiming at Franco or Franco's double with a gun] You are not the Generalísimo! I know that, because... 'coz when the Generalísimo stares at a man... eh, that man, that man's soul, eh, freezes and... eh...
[suddenly aiming at his own head]
Alberto Sinsoles: Yessir, whatever you command, my Generalísimo! Viva Franco! Arriba España!
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References Gilda (1946) See more »


Written by Bonet de San Pedro (as P. Bonet) and B. Lete
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Uplifting and brilliant comedy about a double who bears remarkable resemblance to Francisco Franco
18 April 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Moving as well as hilarious tale of a stand-in that arranges to remain enjoyable and including endearing historical touches with uneven dramatic pace . The story is set in the late 40's , in Spain . This parody about a Franco's double deals with the humble and mature owner of an orthopedics shop in street of Fuencarral -Madrid- , called Paulino (José Soriano) , he is a good man who lives happily with his spouse Emilia (by recently deceased Chus Lampreave , Goya winner , and in her longest role) and usually goes to a brothel . Paulino , then , is abducted and separated to his wife by a mysterious bunch led by Alberto Sinsoles (Jose Satazornil , Saza) . Due to an uncanny similarity with Generalisimo Franco , he has been "selected" for the highly secret mission named "Operation Janus" , to provide a double for Franco for risked moments . As he has to represent the "Caudillo" with a detailed study , being trained by Sinsoles who refuses to let him ever see his wife again . In fact , the name of main character of this movie , results to be Paulino which was Franco's real second name . As Paulino is a poor man who progressively must become his double , as his resemblance to Franco is perfect , characterized brilliantly , showing his rigorous personality . As Franco is replaced by Paulino to inaugurate reservoirs , electric plants , mines , religious celebrations and military parades . He has to live in "Palace of El Pardo¨ in which takes place entanglement situations .

Funny and charming Spanish Dramedy about a man forced to become a double of Francisco Franco that contains remarkably positive attitudes , full of bewildering events , entertainment , amusement and fun situations . It's an agreeable , stirring film in which there is a marvelous love story between Jose Soriano/Paulino and Chus Lampreave/Emilia , where hope survive all , being perfectly acted and concerning the narration about a main premise : Did Franco have a doublé ? , as he disappeared for the external world , as he is kidnapped , what happened to him? . It has a brilliant idea , but uneven pacing with its ups and downs , being sometimes wasted and overlong . Screenwriters Mercero , Román Gubern and Horacio Valcárcel took as a basis for the script , the hypothesis of the rumor that Franco served a double to attend the less secure events or replace him when he did not want to show himself in public . After Juan Diego in ¨Dragon Rapide¨ (1986) by Jaime Camino , also written by Roman Gubern , and before Juan Echanove in ¨Madregilda¨(1993) by Francisco Regueiro , in ¨Esperame en El Cielo¨ stands out the Argentine Jose Soriano as second actor who played the aging dictator Francisco Franco .

Atmospheric as well as attractive musical score by Carmelo Bernaola , including the catching song by Antonio Machin that gives the backdrop and movie title : "Espérame en el Cielo" or ¨Wait for Me in Heaven¨. Evocative and appropriate cinematography by Manuel Rojas . Being shot on location in El Ferrol , A Coruña, Galicia , La Felguera , Asturias , Pantano Entrepeñas , Guadalajara , Castilla-La Mancha , Valle De Los Caídos , Royal Palace , Palacio del Pardo , Madrid . This highly good natured comedy with brief touches of drama titled ¨Esperame En El Cielo¨ was professionally written and directed by Antonio Mercero and resulted to get a big success at Spanish Box office . Mercero is a author of great hits TV series and several award-winning films . In 1970 he started working for TV as he filmed several documentaries and some chapters for the series "Crónicas Un Pueblo" or ¨Chronicles of a village¨(1971) , a big hit in Spain despite its deep ideological content , risky for the period it was made in ; and specially successful was ¨The phone booth¨ (1970) (TV) , a TV cult movie , which won 10 national and international awards , including the Emmy Award in 1973 . Then he realized ¨Los Pajaritos¨ (1973) , ¨Gioconda is sad¨ (1975) , the series "Ese Señor De Negro" or ¨That man in black¨ (1975), ¨La Noche del Licenciado¨ (1978), and his three biggest hit smashes : ¨Turno Oficio¨ TV series about advocates in law , "Blue summer¨ or ¨Verano Azul" (1978) which became a sociological phenomenon and "Farmacia De Guardia" (1990) about an Apotheke . Other important film directed by Mercero was ¨Don Juan Querido Fantasma¨ , an amusing comedy well performed by Juan Luis Galiardo . Nowdays , he still works for TV as ¨Manolito Gafotas¨ series and some of his latest work in cinema have been ¨Guerra De Papa¨, ¨Esperame en Cielo¨ , ¨The treasure¨ and ¨Hora De Los Valiantes¨ about the Spanish Civil War . His last film was ¨? Y Tu Quién Eres?¨ about Alzheimer illness and starred by Manuel Alexandre . Rating : Better than average , 6.5/10 . Well worth seeing .

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December 1990 (USA) See more »

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