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La Cucaracha (1998)

A desperate writer fights for survival when the Mexican mob involves him in murder.

Director:

Jack Perez

Writer:

James McManus
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Roberts ... Walter Pool
Joaquim de Almeida ... Jose Guerra
Victor Rivers ... Herberto Ortega
James McManus James McManus ... Louis Graves
Tara Crespo Tara Crespo ... Lourdes Aguirre
Michael Peña ... Orderly
Enrique Renaldo ... Manuel (as Enrique Rinaldo)
Aixa Maldonado ... Woman Patient
Ana Mercedes ... Hotel Proprietor
Felicia Kamriani ... Louis' Wife (as Felicia Khoja)
Armando José Durán Armando José Durán ... Federale (as Armando Jose Duran)
Alejandro Patiño ... Fruit Vendor (as Alejandro Patino)
Los Trovadores Los Trovadores ... Mariachi Band
Fred Herrera Fred Herrera ... Los Trovadores Mariachi Band Member
Felipe De La Rosa Felipe De La Rosa ... Los Trovadores Mariachi Band Member
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Storyline

Walter has problems. He's an American who's recently moved to a small Mexican village where he wants to live and write, but he barely knows the language and has no money. He wants to write but has no idea how to do this and he has nothing in the US to go back to. He spends his nights in a broke down abandoned shed by the lake trying to write and he spends his days in a local tavern drinking local beer he can't afford and receiving some food on the account of the barkeeper's pity. He's truly a lost man waiting for something to happen and save him. That's when a shady man who writes epitaphs for the recently departed introduces himself. He wants Walter to do a job for him. A powerful local man committed a grave crime against his boss, a powerful shady local businessman, and he needs to die. Walter is offered 100 000 US dollars to be the triggerman. After some consideration, Walter accepts the offer, since they'll kill him if he doesn't, now that he knows their illegal plan. Besides, ... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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The shooting schedule was 18 days, and the budget barely allowed for scenes to be re-shot; for the festival scene, there were only enough fireworks for two takes. See more »

Soundtracks

San Sebastian
Written by Fred Herrera
Original Ethnic Source Music Arranged and Produced by Fred Herrera
Performed by Los Trovadores
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La Cucaracha - El Magnifico!
22 August 2003 | by w0aqSee all my reviews

This is an interesting movie. Not the normal type of role for Eric Roberts but as usual, he does a perfect job.

Things start off interestingly with Walter running for the local cantina for some beer and it gets even more interesting from there.

Robert's character Pool seems a bit shallow at times and leaves me wondering about his wanting to be a writer. I wonder what he would have written?

Good movie - don't miss it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Botcsinálta bérgyilkos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,692, 25 April 1999

Gross USA:

$14,692

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,692
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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