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El hijo pródigo (1969)

A lawyer convinces his client to cheat on a famous singer with great wealth, thus eliminating him and collecting the insurance. What nobody expects is that the farce is uncovered sooner than they thought.

Director:

Servando González

Writers:

Julio Alejandro (adaptation), José María Fernández Unsáin (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Libertad Lamarque ... Alegría Román
Carlos Lico Carlos Lico ... Mario
Julián Bravo ... Antonio (as Juliancito Bravo Mora)
Adriana Roel Adriana Roel ... Rosalva
Claudia Islas ... Amante de Mario
Luis G. Roldán Luis G. Roldán ... Luis G. Roldan
Delia Magaña ... Sofia
Enrique Pontón Enrique Pontón
Carlos Cardán Carlos Cardán ... Lic. Ramos
Sergio Núnez Sergio Núnez
Carlos Bravo y Fernández Carlos Bravo y Fernández ... Antonio
Sergio Dolarte Sergio Dolarte
Yolanda Ciani ... Carmelita
Agustín Fernández Agustín Fernández
Carlos Reyes Carlos Reyes
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A lawyer convinces his client to cheat on a famous singer with great wealth, thus eliminating him and collecting the insurance. What nobody expects is that the farce is uncovered sooner than they thought.

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Drama | Crime | Mystery

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Amazingly good
20 May 2020 | by herrgamanSee all my reviews

I came with very low expectations and was wowed by this movie. Sergio Soto's editing is exceptional. Star Carlos Lico's performance of "Alegría" by Felipe Gil is the best song I've heard in a Mexican movie. The conventions of musical melodrama are more deftly handled than usual; Libertad Lamarque gets her standard, bizarrely staged, incongruous showstopping number, but it happens early and is the lone absurdist touch. Her star power noticeably influences the camera work, sometimes keeping her costars distractingly out of focus.

Toward the end the movie builds genuine dramatic tension -- unusual for a Mexican film of the era. The breaking of the fourth wall is used cleverly. Also, though she appears only briefly, Claudia Islas is a standout, stunning and enchanting. Sadly and typically, indigenous Mexicans are shown only briefly, and mostly in shadow.

It's interesting to catch a glimpse of how Mexico (or its white elite) viewed the country in 1968 -- as a nation confidently entering the world stage, a first-world contender, and a global peer.


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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

3 July 1969 (Mexico) See more »

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Cima Films See more »
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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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