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A Million to Juan (1994)

PG | | Comedy | 13 May 1994 (USA)
Romantic comedy about an honest Mexican immigrant who struggles without a green card by selling oranges on a street corner. One day a limousine pulls up and he is handed a check for ... See full summary »


Paul Rodriguez




Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Rodriguez ... Juan Lopez
Tony Plana ... Jorge
Bert Rosario ... Alvaro
Polly Draper ... Olivia Smith
Jonathan Hernandez ... Alejandro Lopez
Larry Linville ... Richard Dickerson
Victor Rivers ... Hector Delgado
Maria Rangel ... Anita
Leslie Danon ... Patricia
Evelina Fernández Evelina Fernández ... Mrs. Gonzales
Gerardo Mejía ... Flaco (as Gerardo)
David Rasche ... Jeff
Edward James Olmos ... The Angel
Pepe Serna ... Mr. Ortiz
Liz Torres ... Mrs. Delgado


Romantic comedy about an honest Mexican immigrant who struggles without a green card by selling oranges on a street corner. One day a limousine pulls up and he is handed a check for $1,000,000 with instructions that he is to give the check back in 30 days. Initially he uses the check to convince people to extend credit to him. In the meantime he also attracts a woman who is in a dead end relationship with a bossy businessman. At the end of the 30 days, he finds his life in turmoil, the things he got on credit is repossessed, and he is being evicted from his dwelling and being sent back to Mexico. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated PG for some very mild language | See all certifications »

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A play on the phrase "A million to one" See more »


In the beginning of the movie, the babe in the convertible gives Juan the soda can you can see the billboard in the background read. Juan go to 11300 vanit, but that was not to be seen until Juan gives the check back 30 days later. See more »


Party Guest: So, what have you been up to?
Party Guest: I'm teaching.
Party Guest: Really, what?
Party Guest: I'm teaching men to refill ice trays.
[They both laugh as Juan joins them.]
Juan Lopez: Now that was cold."
[He laughs.]
Juan Lopez: Get it? Cold? Ice? It was a joke.
[As they walk away.]
Juan Lopez: Hey, I like jokes too.
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Remake of Man with a Million (1954) See more »


Performed by Three to Get Funky
Written by M.Soto, J.Otero, C.Figuerda
Three to Get Funky appears courtesy of Saba Sounds Records
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What happens when you put Paul Rodriguez in a starring role? This "fantasy", of course!
2 August 2002 | by The Great MLSee all my reviews

Wow, can someone explain to me why anyone would finance this tripe? If anyone deserved a kick in the can it would be that person. You have Paul Rodriguez over-emphasizing every syllable (Oh, it's Senorita Smiiiiiiiiiiiiith!), to making Polly Draper (who looks well over 50 years old in this "film") into some kind of sex symbol, and other nonsense. All I can say is poor Edward James Olmos & Cheech Marin.

Another important question I must ask, what businessman in their right mind would give Paul Rodriguez things just because he flashes a fake-looking check?

At least consider the fact that the audience has somekind of brainpower.

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Release Date:

13 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$381,457, 15 May 1994

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1.85 : 1
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