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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)
Fred Herrera Fred Herrera ... Los Trovadores Mariachi Band Member
Felipe De La Rosa Felipe De La Rosa ... Los Trovadores Mariachi Band Member
Anselmo Rivera Anselmo Rivera ... 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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To live the life he's always dreamed of he'll have to do the unthinkable. See more »


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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

South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)
Written by Michael Carr and Jimmy Kennedy
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records
By Arrangement with Universal Special Markets
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Film Festival Favorite
12 April 1999 | by BaiNstSee all my reviews

LA CUCARACHA (1998) is an original, intelligent dark-comedy that sneaks up on you and gets under your skin. It was the winner in many of the film festivals of 1998. Eric Roberts gives the performance of his life as a snivelling, weak, drunken coward that finds redemption; a part that should have broken him out of his B-movie status, if not for the industry fumbling in the movie's distribution.

It is a moral play, delineating the human ability to rise above our animal instincts. It begins, as most Great Films do, with a tone and pace that could take the story in any direction, and once its tone of "dark comedy" is set, it remains consistent throughout. Instead of leaping into an easily recognizable formula, it takes its time to set up the character of our protagonist (all of the characters in this film are written, portrayed and presented so well, one wonders if it weren't written fifty years ago, when dialogue in a film actually mattered).

There is horror and tragedy within the story, but it is never gratuitous nor glorified.

If you love great dialogue; if you love great character development and motivation; if you love great direction and timing; if you long for the days when there were actually good, solid, meaningful stories; do yourself a favor and FIND THIS MOVIE.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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