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Manuela and Manuel (2007)

Manuela y Manuel (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 5 November 2007 (USA)
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Manuela and Manuel is a movie starring Humberto Busto, Elena Iguina, and Luz María Rondón. Deep inside, Manuel has always been Manuela. Amidst her worst love crisis, Manuela reinvents herself as Manuel in order to pass as the fiancé of her best friend Coca - who is pregnant from ... See full summary »


(as Raúl Marchand)





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Manuela / Manuel
Elena Iguina ... Coca
Luz María Rondón ... Rosa
... German (as Emmanuel 'Sunshine' Logroño)
Marian Pabon ... Faraona (as Marian Pabón)
Marisol Calero ... Norma
Ineabelle Colón ... Margarita
Israel Lugo ... Arturo
Johnny Lozada ... Ramon
Orvil Miller ... Mr. Green
Adrian Garcia ... Alipio (as Adrian García)
Luis Ortiz ... Shadow
... Amigo 1 (as Julio Ramos)
Chari Lady Fox ... (as Chary Ladyfox)
Jamie Sunflower ... (as Jaime Sunflower)


Deep inside, Manuel has always been Manuela. Amidst her worst love crisis, Manuela reinvents herself as Manuel in order to pass as the fiancé of her best friend Coca - who is pregnant from a one-night stand and must face her conservative family. Hidden identities, misunderstandings, and the tension between two friends pretending to be what they are not, stage a colorful and up-beat story. Manuela y Manuel is a visually-captivating comedy about two friends performing in the melodrama of Latin America life. Written by Frances Lausell

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving sexuality, and language





Release Date:

5 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Manuela and Manuel  »


Box Office


$700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$629, 28 March 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,557, 6 June 2010
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Klub Krash, where many of the scenes were filmed, is a real club, and considered one of the most popular, if not the most popular gay club in Puerto Rico. See more »


Referenced in Cinema Puerto Rico: una antropología visual (2014) See more »


Que me dejen vivir
Performed by Rosario
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment Espana S.L.
Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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A Puerto Rican La Cage aux Folles
12 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

MANUELA & MANUEL is a bit of fluff from Puerto Rico that is a finely written (José Ignacio Valenzuela), well-directed (Raúl Marchand Sánchez) take off on one of the most popular French farces of the past decades -LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. It is highly entertaining, boasts some very fine performances by a solid cast, and manages to make fun of itself at the same time. This is entertainment without a hidden agenda.

Manuel (Humberto Busto) has always lived as Manuela, a drag queen full of energy and talent whose job in the local nightclub is secure along with his fellow 'lady performer' Fararona (Marian Pabon). But in private his heart is broken because the love of his life Ramon (Johnny Lozada) has left him. His best friend Coca (Elena Iguina) confides in him that she is pregnant by a soldier off to war and wants to keep her child, asking Manuela to act as the father of the child when she confesses her problem to her parents. Challenged by the masculine role he would have to play, Manuela emphasizes the Manuel persona and agrees to help his friend. When, dressed in a men's clothes by his landlady Rosa (Luz María Rondón) whose life is spent waiting for a letter from a man she lost, he presents to Coca's parents German (Sunshine Logroño) and Norma (Marisol Calero) and Coca announces that she and Manuel are to be married! All manner of hilarious mistaken identities occur and secrets are revealed and the 'marriage' opens many doors to the 'superb' finale!

The music an the cinematography are excellent, making the entire story feel as though it were a successful staged musical comedy. MANUELA & MANUEL sparkles.

Grady Harp

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