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Los peloteros (1951)

A group of kids in a poverty-stricken Puerto Rican rural town need money to purchase baseball uniforms for little league.


Jack Delano


Edwin Rosskam (screenplay), Amilcar Tirado (story)


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Cast overview:
Ramón Rivero Ramón Rivero ... Pepe
Miriam Colon ... Lolita
José Manuel Matos José Manuel Matos ... Momo (niño)
Amilcar Tirado Amilcar Tirado ... Momo (adulto)
Perín Vázquez Perín Vázquez ... Gregorio
Narciso Cobián Narciso Cobián ... Amilcar
Daniel Colón Daniel Colón ... Luis
Celso Alvarado Celso Alvarado ... Tato
Juan B. Figueroa Juan B. Figueroa ... Nestor
Raúl Colón Raúl Colón ... Raulito
Escolástico Colón Escolástico Colón ... Colo
Bolivar Rosado Bolivar Rosado ... Bolivar


A group of kids in a poverty-stricken Puerto Rican rural town need money to purchase baseball uniforms for little league.

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Drama | Sport




Puerto Rico



Release Date:

29 May 1951 (Puerto Rico) See more »

Filming Locations:

Comerio, Puerto Rico

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Considered by some Latin film scholars the Citizen Kane (1941) in Latin Cinema. See more »


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A great film, the best ever made in Puerto Rico.
19 January 2002 | by mcquickerSee all my reviews

This is the best film ever made in Puerto Rico. Filmed in 1953, it shows a Puerto Rico that no longer exists, it is the story of a group of very poor boys that want to buy baseball uniforms for their team, a team that plays with broken bats, torn mitts... (you get the drift).

The coach is played by Puerto Rico's legendary Ramón Rivero, known as Diplo, in a dramatic role that shows the acting range of this great artist. He plays "Pepe", a fellow who no one takes seriously (not even his wife), except the kids he coaches in baseball. He fills the kid's heads with stories of when he used to play the "big leagues" and the kids admire and look up to him.

This movie works on many levels, and one scene in particular, when Pepe is hauling his precious pig to market...is reminiscent of the great classics.

Beautiful, moving, and with terrific performances, including that of Ramón Rivero and the children, who were not professional actors, but chosen among the poor families of the town where the film was shot.

A true classic.

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