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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Juan Lopez
... Jorge
... Alvaro
... Olivia Smith
Jonathan Hernandez ... Alejandro Lopez
... Richard Dickerson
... Hector Delgado
... Anita
Leslie Danon ... Patricia
Evelina Fernández ... Mrs. Gonzales
... Flaco (as Gerardo)
... Jeff
... The Angel
... Mr. Ortiz
... 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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Money can't buy everything. Yeah, right. See more »



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




Release Date:

13 May 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Million to One  »


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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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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Version of Man with a Million (1954) See more »


Performed by Havana
Written by H.Gutierrez, J.saldano, C.Hatem
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29 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

i bought this movie because i was intrigued with the storyline--struggling immigrant wins a million dollars. i was disappointing that he did not win a million dollars, but merely was allowed to show a check around, which if he spent, he had to pay back in a month. there was never even cash thrown around like in Brewster's Millions. I felt that was a tease; it would have been much more exciting he actually found a million in a bag somewhere and lived it much. and live it more than just buying a suit. also, his live interested, the INS, worker was completely improbably. A love interested, like a hot chick in the barrio, which was also teased with but never consummated, would have been better. i mean, the Anglo INS worker got married to Juan, even without a million dollars. The message of the movie was positive, but I felt that not much really happened, there was never any excitement. still, I do not regret seeing this move. I grew up in Los Angeles of that time, was enjoyed seeing character types and neighborhoods of my youth. There was the old RTD bus stop sign. I enjoy stereotypes, and Latino stereo types were well represented, Cheeck Marin's character was intriguing and I would have liked to have seen more of him. This movie is best for those who want a picture of the working Latino immigrant scene of the 1990 Los Angeles, which is why i watched it. I'm going to see it again, LOL. hahhaha.

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