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Midaq Alley (1995)

El Callejón de los Milagros (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 6 March 1998 (USA)
Based on the Nobel Prize Winner's novel, the Egyptian Naguib Mahfouz. The story, translated from El Cairo to Mexico City's downtown, narrates the life of the members of the neighbourhood ... See full summary »

Director:

Jorge Fons

Writers:

Vicente Leñero (screenplay), Najeeb Mahfouz (novel) (as Naguib Mahfuz)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ... Don Ru
María Rojo ... Doña Cata
Salma Hayek ... Alma
Bruno Bichir ... Abel
Delia Casanova ... Eusebia
Margarita Sanz ... Susanita
Claudio Obregón ... Don Fidel
Juan Manuel Bernal ... Chava
Abel Woolrich Abel Woolrich ... Zacarías
Luis Felipe Tovar ... Güicho
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... José Luis
Gina Morett ... Doña Flor
Óscar Yoldi Óscar Yoldi ... Ubaldo
Esteban Soberanes Esteban Soberanes ... Jimmy
Eugenia Leñero Eugenia Leñero ... Tina
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Based on the Nobel Prize Winner's novel, the Egyptian Naguib Mahfouz. The story, translated from El Cairo to Mexico City's downtown, narrates the life of the members of the neighbourhood and the connection between them Don Ru, the owner of the local pub; Eusebia, his wife; Chava, his son and Abel his friend, who emigrate to USA in search of fortune; Susanita, the single landtender always dreaming to marry a good man; Guicho, the pub's employee, who extracts the money when Don Ru is not there and finally marries Susanita; Alma, the very good looking girl, the Abel's dream, who becomes a luxury prostitute while he's away; Jimmy, the handsome young man Don Ru becomes infatuated with, etc. This movie won the Ariel (the Mexican Oscar) as best movie in 1995. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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THE MOST AWARDED FILM IN MEXICAN HISTORY (49 International Awards)

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Drama

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

6 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Midaq Alley See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

Remake of Midaq Alley (1963) See more »

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In this world we are all asses that bray; some more male, some more gay.
26 October 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

She quickly went on to fame in Desperado and From Dusk Til Dawn, but this, Salma Hayek's second film role, shows her acting talent.

In the first of four tales, she is just window dressing. An object of desire for a young boy (Bruno Bichir). While she is sitting, Don Ru (Ernesto Gómez Cruz) is yelling at his son (Juan Manuel Bernal) for acting like "a queer" while he himself pursues Jimmy (Esteban Soberanes); and Susanita (Margarita Sanz) is getting her fortune told by Almita's (Hayek) mother, Catalina (María Rojo).

After Don Ru's son runs away thinking he has done something awful, and he buries his head in his wife's lap moaning. the story starts all over with an emphasis on Almita. She, tragically, ends up with Jose Luis (Daniel Giménez Cacho) and disappears.

Susanita is growing older and desperate to find a man. She fancies Don Ru's son, but ends up with Guicho (Luis Felipe Tovar).

So, does the prodigal son return? Does Almicita come home? How are things to end? The story is first rate and it has you on the edge of you seat wondering how it all ties together.


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