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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.

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Sebastian del Amo

Writers:

Edui Tijerina (screenplay), Sebastian del Amo (co-writer)
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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 Andrés Montiel ... Agustín Isunza
Cassandra Ciangherotti ... Estela Pagola
Aranzta Muñoz Aranzta Muñoz ... Bailarina
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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. 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 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,661,253, 31 August 2014

Gross USA:

$6,382,924

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,998,703
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kenio Films See more »
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

This movie was not well received in México, due to the decission of giving the role to a spanish actor. The general sense is that even when the acting was good, Jaenada was not capable to be funny, because he couldn't understand the mexican sense of humor. 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

References The Noble Family (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Vete De Mi
  • Composed by Homero Expósito / Virgilio Exposito. Performed by Enrique Bunbury.

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While far from perfect, this bio-pic is well worth your time.
14 December 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Unless you are familiar with the Mexican phenomenon known as Cantinflas, before you watch this new bio-pic, you might just want to see a few of these films first so that you can appreciate their wonderful style and charm. They also might help you to understand why Charlie Chaplin raved about the man who created this character and referred to him as 'the world's greatest comedian' as well as why they've chosen to make a film about his life.

Unfortunately, "Cantinflas" is NOT the perfect film about Mario Moreno's life and career in films. It seems to spend too much energy focusing on his performance in the Hollywood film "Around the World in 80 Days" and not nearly enough on his Mexican movies--which are clearly his best. While his role in "Around the World" did help to bring him to the attention of the American public, his career in Hollywood films would later turn out to be a flop--something that the film not only fails to mention but it strongly implies that his efforts in American cinema were very successful. Likewise, the film tends to whitewash Moreno's personal life at times and fails to show just how beloved the man was in his native land. Despite these flaws, the movie is still well worth seeing. Óscar Jaenada does a lovely job impersonating the late actor and the film is technically a very well made film. It also does a good job in showing the path by which Moreno learned his craft and perfected his Cantinflas character--all things that fans of these films should appreciate and enjoy. It also leaves you wanting to see more--something I'd strongly recommend. You might want to try a few of his later films, such as "The Little Priest", "El Bolero de Raquel", "The Illiterate One" or "Su Exelencia", as they are excellent and, more importantly, are widely available on DVD since they were released by Columbia Pictures, unlike his earlier films.

Incidentally, "Cantinflas" is the official submission for Mexico for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. We'll soon see if it's among the few selected nominees for this award.


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