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Waiting for the Hearse (1985)

Esperando la carroza (original title)
Each member of this family tries to endorse someone else to care for the old Mother.

Director:

Alejandro Doria

Writers:

Alejandro Doria (screenplay), Jacobo Langsner (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luis Brandoni ... Antonio
China Zorrilla ... Elvira
Antonio Gasalla ... Mamá Cora
Julio De Grazia ... Jorge
Betiana Blum ... Nora
Mónica Villa ... Susana
Juan Manuel Tenuta ... Sergio
Andrea Tenuta ... Matilde
Cecilia Rossetto ... Dominga
Enrique Pinti ... Felipe
Darío Grandinetti ... Cacho
Lidia Catalano ... Emilia
Clotilde Borella Clotilde Borella ... Doña Elisa
Juan Acosta Juan Acosta ... Peralta
Angelita Pardo Angelita Pardo ... Madre Felipe
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Storyline

Mamá Cora (Antonio Gasalla) is about 80 years old and she has three sons and a daughter. Mamá lives with one of them, unfortunately, the one who is in the worst economic position. One day, all the members of the family have a reunion to celebrate an anniversary. In the middle of the whole thing, an awkward question appears out of nowhere: ¿Who's going to be Mamá Cora's heir? ¿Who is going to take care of her during her last days in this world?. The answer is not easy and it doesn't take too long for the members of this bizarre family to start a terrible and yet hilarious fight. However, in the middle of the whole thing, they're interrupted by some disturbing breaking news. Written by Francisco

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Country:

Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

6 May 1985 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Czekajac na karawan See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$596,550
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Juan Manuel Tenuta is the only actor of the original cast of the play as staged for the first time in Argentina who is in the same character in this adaptation to the screen. See more »

Quotes

Susana: [fighting with her sister-in-law in front of Nora and Matilde] If I only used those three stupid reasons you just mentioned to say one only little thing that I happen to know...!
Elvira: What do you have to say?
Susana: Oh... nothing.
Elvira: [mocking her] 'Oh... nothing'! Don't give me now the 'Oh... nothing'! Or do you think you are going to spoil my reputation as you just spoiled my carpet! And don't stay standing there like a Greek mummy, sowing the seed of doubt in Nora and Matilde. If you have something to say... ...
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Connections

Followed by Esperando la carroza 2: Se acabó la fiesta (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Mi vaca lechera
Written by Fernando García Morcillo y Jacobo Morcillo
Performed by Feliciano Brunelli y orquesta
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Best Argentine movie ever!
10 September 1999 | by HoracitoSee all my reviews

I saw this movie plenty of times. My kids remember every line. And every time I discovered myself laughing, thinking and getting inspired more and more. Some magnificent actors, an exceptional screenplay! "Esperando la carroza", that could be translated as "Waiting for the funeral" is a perfect exposure of a lot of Argentine´s shortcomings and some Argentine´s virtues. China Zorrilla is superb...


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