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Un millón en la basura (1967)

Pepe Martínez is a modest employee of the municipal cleaning service who found a million pesetas in a trash can. Pepe's wife, despite the misery in which they live, decides to return the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
José Luis López Vázquez ... Pepe Martínez
Julia Gutiérrez Caba ... Consuelo
Juanjo Menéndez ... Faustino
Aurora Redondo ... María, madre de Consuelo
Rafael López Somoza ... Joaquín, padre de Consuelo
Carlos Lemos Carlos Lemos ... Comisario
Guillermo Marín ... Don Leonardo Borja Salcedo
José Sazatornil ... Don Ramón González (as José 'Saza')
Pedro Porcel Pedro Porcel ... Comisario Aguirre
Lina Canalejas ... Pepi
José Sacristán ... Empleado servicio limpieza #2
Carmen Lozano Carmen Lozano ... Hija de Don Leonardo
José Orjas ... Sr. Bermejo, administrador de ACESA
Rafaela Aparicio ... Emilia
Nicolás D. Perchicot ... Padre (as Nicolás Perchicot)


Pepe Martínez is a modest employee of the municipal cleaning service who found a million pesetas in a trash can. Pepe's wife, despite the misery in which they live, decides to return the money, while Pepe's parents-in-law attempt to make them give up what they consider absurd, but, anyway, marriage does not agree. And their nightmare has just begun . Written by jsanchez

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Release Date:

2 March 1967 (Spain) See more »

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Madrid, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Nice and entertaining comedy with masterful as well as sympathetic performances by a great Spanish cast
29 August 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This motion picture was amusingly directed by prolific filmmaker José Maria Forqué and shot in comical style and with great flair-play . It deals with Pepe (José Luis López Vázquez) who is a simple and lower-class worker of town hall and along with Faustino (Juanjo Menendez) are cleaning the dirty streets when at a litter bin he finds a million pesetas . Pepe's spouse (Julia Gutierrez Caba) convinces him to return but he renounces to it , then things go wrong.

This is an enjoyable , endearing Spanish comedy with amusement , emotion , laughs and a little bit of drama . The film pays tribute to the simple people , modest men who work hardly and they are very good guys , such as the likable street sweepers , excellently played by Juanjo Menéndez , Valentín Tornos and Jose Sacristán . Very good acting by the great José Luis López Vázquez as a hard-working labourer of the municipal who found a big amount of money in a trash can . Sensational Julia Gutiérrez as his sensitive wife who attempts to make him give up the authorities the valuable cash . Support cast is frankly extraordinary , formed by a Spanish secondary star-studded , such as : recently deceased José Sazatornil ¨Saza¨ , José Orjas , Guillermo Marin , Carlos Lemos , Rafaela Aparicio , Lina Canalejas , Luis Barbero , Claudia Gravi , Emilio Laguna , Erasmo Pascual , and many others . Special mention for the agreeable grandparents magnificently played by Rafael L. Somoza and Aurora Redondo .

The picture was well directed by José Maria Forque . Here Forqué carries out a decent , nimble and professional direction . José Maria was a director and writer , known for filming some classic Spanish films , such as : ¨Un Millon En La Basura¨ (1967) , ¨Accidente 703¨ (1962) , ¨Amanecer en Puerta Oscura¨ (1957) , ¨Embajadores En Infierno¨ (1956) and especially ¨Atraco a Las Tres¨ (1962) . José María Forqué was born in Zaragoza , being father of actress Verónica Forqué and director Álvaro Forqué . Forqué directed a lot of films of all kinds of genres such as Drama : ¨Amanecer Puerta Oscura¨ , ¨Embajadores En Infierno¨ , ¨La Legión De Silencio¨ ; Musical : ¨Bring a Little Loving" or ¨Dame Un Poco De Amooor¨ ; Intrigue : ¨091 Policia Al Habla¨, ¨El Ojo Del Huracan¨ , ¨Detra Puerta Oscura¨ , ¨Usted Puede Ser Un Asesino¨ . And he shot successful TV series : ¨Miguel Servet¨ and ¨Ramon Y Cajal¨ . He also filmed some international co-productions such as ¨Tarot¨ with Gloria Grahame , Sue Lyon , Fernando Rey , ¨Mujer De Tierra Caliente¨ with Stuart Whitman , Laura Gemser , Paola Senatore , "It's Nothing Bad, Mama, It's Only a Game" with David Hemmings , Alda Valli , ¨A Devil Under the Pillow¨ with Ingrid Thulin , Gabriele Ferzetti , Maurice Ronet and ¨El Ojo Del Huracan¨ or ¨In the eye of hurricane¨ with Tony Kendall , Jean Sorel , among others ; but he was especially expert on comedy such as : ¨La Vil Seducción¨ , ¨La Cera Virgen¨ , ¨Una Pareja Distinta¨ , the classical ¨Atraco a Las Tres¨ , ¨las Que Tienen Que Servir¨ and this ¨Un Millón En Basura¨ . Rating 7 . Better than average . Well worth watching , being noted as one of the best Spanish comedies .

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