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Cantinflas (2014)

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The untold story of Mexico's greatest and most beloved comedy film star of all time, from his humble origins on the small stage to the bright lights of Hollywood.

Director:

Sebastian del Amo

Writers:

Edui Tijerina (screenplay), Sebastian del Amo (co-writer)
30 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Óscar Jaenada ... Mario Moreno Cantinflas
Adrian Herrera Adrian Herrera ... Voceador
Michael Imperioli ... Michael Todd
Alejandra Prado ... Mapy Cortés
Ilse Salas ... Valentina Ivanova
Alejandro Calva ... Jacques Gelman
Bárbara Mori ... Liz Taylor
Ana Layevska ... Miroslava Stern
Alejandro Springall ... Inversionista
Alfonso Borbolla ... Ernesto Alonso
Luis Gerardo Méndez ... Estanislao Shilinsky
Joaquín Cosio ... Emilio 'Indio' Fernández
Andrés Montiel ... Agustín Isunza
Cassandra Ciangherotti ... Estela Pagola
Aranzta Muñoz Aranzta Muñoz ... Bailarina
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Storyline

The untold story of Mexico's greatest and most beloved comedy film star of all time, from his humble origins on the small stage to the bright lights of Hollywood. Written by Pantelion Films

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From Mexico to around the world


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language, smoking and some suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

18 September 2014 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Cantinflas: A Magia da Comédia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,506,875 (Mexico), 19 September 2014, Wide Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,661,253, 29 August 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,370,412, 10 October 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,650,000, 31 December 2014
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Company Credits

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Kenio Films See more »
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

In Spain was released in 2016, 2 years later, in 36 theaters (original-dubbed version / subtitled version). See more »

Goofs

The scene of shooting "Ahí está el detalle" (1940) begins with a title card indicating that filming takes place at Churubusco Studios. Churubusco facilities weren't opened until 1945. In fact, filming took place at CLASA Studios. See more »

Crazy Credits

While the credits role one of the most famous scenes of the film El bolero de Raquel is recreated by the actors in the film. See more »

Connections

Features A Trip to the Moon (1902) See more »

Soundtracks

Score 01/ Original Soundtrack - Cantinflas: Música Original De La Película
Composed by Roque Baños López
Universal / Universal Music Latino / Vene
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Pretty typical biopic
27 January 2015 | by Okonh0wpSee all my reviews

As much as I love learning about the history of Hollywood, there can be something pretentious about the Hollywood biopic. The story of a great creative mind taking Hollywood by storm is one that's been told too many times and easily falls into repetition. Aside from that, there's always the sneaking suspicion that the screenwriter or director is co-opting his subject's story to wrestle with his own greatness.

"Catinflas" intrigued me enough at the start that I decided to throw caution to the wind hoping the plot wouldn't veer into cliché. I enjoyed seeing the trial and error process over how Catinflas discovered his true calling, I thought the setting was unique (especially the unforgiving Mexican stage where heckling is the norm) and the actor who played Catinflas had a magnetic working-man kind of presence.

The decision to intercut the story of Mario "Catinflas" Morelli's ascension to fame over the years and the trials and tribulation "Around the World in 80 Days" producer Michael Todd to get his film made, also had potential except for the fact Michael Todd seemed like a rather flat character (not to take anything away from Imperioli's performance), and while I enjoyed "Around the World in 80 Days" as a kid, I'm not sure if there's anything to celebrate in Todd's methodology of putting every actor he could find in the film.

The storyline itself is one I've seen a hundred times before, so the film was largely on the shoulders of Oscar Jaenada and to the degree he could, Jaenada did an extraordinary job. If only he had slightly better material to work with.


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