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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 »

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Paul Rodriguez
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Cast

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 Leslie Danon ... Patricia
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
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Million to One See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,221,832
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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Very few people know that this movie (along with the 1957 version and the 1946 version) are loosely based upon a short story by Mark Twain called "The Million Pound Bank Note", published in 1893. The story line in the book, and the three movie versions, basically only share the theme of the "bank note" or "check" that cannot be cashed or spent. See more »

Quotes

Jorge: What is it that every Chicano family needs and very few have?
Juan Lopez: Birth control.
Jorge: Chicano celebrity totem poles.
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Connections

References Walk Proud (1979) See more »

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DOUBLES
Performed by Havana
Written by H.Gutierrez, J.Saldano, C.Hatem
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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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