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Perico ripiao (2003)

Three convicted criminals escape from prison carrying only a Güira, a Tambora and an Accordion. During their journey they meet with a bunch of interesting characters and are forced to use their musical skills to help them get home.


Ángel Muñiz




Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Pozo Raymond Pozo ... Francisco
Manolo Ozuna Manolo Ozuna ... Mauricio
Phillip Rodríguez Phillip Rodríguez ... Manuel
Giovanny Cruz Giovanny Cruz ... General Contreras
Fernando Coste Fernando Coste ... Arcadio
Miguel Céspedes Miguel Céspedes ... Quepis
Pancho Clisante Pancho Clisante ... The narrator (as José 'Pancho' Clisante)
Lumi Lizardo ... Cristina, Manuel's wife (as Lumy Lizardo)
Berenice Aquino Berenice Aquino ... Celia, Francisco's wife
Clara Luz Lozano Clara Luz Lozano ... Loly, Mauricio's wife
Kenny Grullon Kenny Grullon ... The bus driver (as Kenny Grullón)
Raquel Ureña ... Passenger 1
Cenia Rodríguez Cenia Rodríguez ... Passenger 2
Héctor Sierra Héctor Sierra ... Boca
Richard Douglas ... Blanco, the leftist prisoner


Three convicted criminals escape from prison carrying only a Güira, a Tambora and an Accordion. During their journey they meet with a bunch of interesting characters and are forced to use their musical skills to help them get home.

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They had only one chance to escape... and took it!




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Did You Know?


The scene where Margarita tips over the train rails was an unplanned accident. The vehicle fell and nearly broke Manolo Ozuna's leg. The subsequent dialogue was improvised after it was verified that the actor was alright. See more »


Francisco: What's Spanish language good for, anyway? Spanish is good for begging only!
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Referenced in Home Delivery Thieves (2008) See more »

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The formula works great
23 November 2003 | by benzantSee all my reviews

The story take place in the middle of 1978 and it's about three men running away after escaping from prison in a sudden lucky-casual moment, getting involve in a lot of really hilarious situations along the way.

Based on a strong script, cleverly plotted, the screenplay flows in a dynamic fashion, compound with a kind of original cinematography style. Though we can not qualify it as a master piece, we consider it perfectly works to tell the whole story and make sense.

Music plays a fundamental role (The words Perico Ripiao are used to define a country music genre in Dominican Republic) as the main characters represents musicians. Joined by a rhythmic edit tempo and a high photography level that takes advantages of exotic caribbean locations, not falling into the 'cliché' of `see how many beaches, sand and coconuts we got'.

After watching the previous two Angel Muniz's movies (Director) Nueba Yol and Nueba Yol III, it make justice to sentence that Perico Ripiao it surpasses his previous works showing great improvements in techniques and personal growth. The same commentary apply for the whole Dominican Republic still swaying film industry.

If you are Dominican you'll spent one hour and a half laughing to death thanks to well structured dialogues and gags spreading non-stop all over the film and a social ironic criticize inserted with skill by the director, sometimes in a subliminal way and more directly some other times.

If you are from another latin country you will really enjoy with movie too cause to its noticeable regionalism it doesn't opaque in any way the universally language that beneath it, neither spontaneous acting of his characters.

What if you are not latin or have not spanish knowledge? Then you will face a language and cultural barrier difficult to climb just using subtitles but if you like pure good films, well treated and spiced with caribbean elements (by the way: no sex, nor violence) you sure going to have a pleasant surprise and a good example of art and skillful techniques.

Highest peaks: Suitable direction, a more than decent photography, natural to great acting performances, good basic edits and general posting.

Weakest points lay on musical mix in relations to dialogues, some supporting acting low development and lack of a story twist at the end (very personal appreciation).

No doubt the formula works for any market. So, no matter where you from if you decide to watch this movie you can be sure your time ain't wasted.

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Release Date:

27 November 2003 (Dominican Republic) See more »

Filming Locations:

Montecristi, Dominican Republic See more »


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DOP18,000,000 (estimated)
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Cigua Films See more »
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