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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.


Sebastian del Amo


Edui Tijerina (screenplay), Sebastian del Amo (co-writer)
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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


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Spanish | English

Release Date:

18 September 2014 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Cantinflas: A Magia da Comédia See more »


Box Office


$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

Production Co:

Kenio Films See more »
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Did You Know?


Official submission of Mexico to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015. See more »


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 »


References The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) See more »


El Cisne
  • Composed by María Teresa Lara. Performed by Mauricio Sánchez.

Universal / Universal Music Latino / Vene
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Nostalgia for the Old - Film History for the Young
1 September 2014 | by timbermiscSee all my reviews

I attended this movie without knowing anything about Cantinflas. I am pleased to report that this movie is informing and entertaining. The time zone depicted is about 1935-1956 in Mexico.

The production quality is first rate. However, understand that the lighting and camera angles approximate what was being used in the 1940s and 50s. Therefore, this film has a simple look, an historical feel about it. I particularly enjoyed the costumes and fashions of the actresses during the 40s and 50s.

I strongly suggest that you read "Wiki" descriptions of his career before you see the movie. This will cause you to understand the importance of this man to Mexico and to the U.S. In fact, when he died, Mexico had 3 days of mourning; and the U.S. Senate had a moment of silence to honor this actor.

Cantinflas was a Mexican comedian at approximately the level of a Charlie Chaplin or Bob Hope. He started from humble street origins in Mexico and slowly worked his way to Hollywood. He eventually starred in "80 Days Around the World" which featured top stars and won several Oscars.

His name is an invention that may roughly translate in Spanish to, "He who drinks too much in the Cantina".

This film has both English and Spanish subtitles which alternate at appropriate times.

Cantiflas's act might be called "family entertainment" worthy of reaching wide audiences. There is no outrageous violence, no sex, no drug usage, no monsters, no superheros, no flaming car crashes. The story is a predictable rags to riches story which makes for quality and gentle Sunday afternoon entertainment. Religious people should not be offended. This story reinforces the belief that hard focused work may be rewarded with fame and happiness.

This film is more about the events and people which brought Mario Moreno (Cantinflas) to success on stage and film. His performances are not detailed, not lengthy, only suggestions of his talent. If his performances were recreated, I think this movie would gain a higher rating. You will see Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Yule Brenner, Charlie Chaplin and others played out in this film as well.

When you read the "Wiki" description, you will understand that he created a kind of humor which allowed him to use a free form style, he was an ad lib artist. Perhaps he could be compared to the late Robin Williams. From what I heard during the show he had a light touch to his truth telling on stage.

Cantinflas is always a respectable story; and you should not be embarrassed to bring any friend to see this film with you. I am not of Mexican heritage. About 95% of those in the audience seemed to be Mexican. So, you now know that you could be broadening your education of film history to see this film. And again, I think that if you grew up seeing his films, you will enjoy this movie more and give it a higher rating here on IMDb. If not, then for you we have a predictable, simple story which may earn a 6.5 or 7.0 on IMDb.

I particularly enjoyed seeing Mexico, the buildings, the fashions, the restaurants at their very polished best. The music is romantic. I felt that if I had seen his film when I was young, this film would have provided me with the "nostalgia effect". Nonetheless, it was a nice visit to Mexico during the 1940s.

The direction of the film was conservative and never confused. There were no "tricks" of the director to distract me from the simple, linear story.

And there is the greatest value of this film: nostalgia. Older folks who witnessed his acts will gain the most benefit from this reenactment of his past. Those older people will no doubt relive their youth as they enjoy seeing Mario Moreno go through his trials to finally appear in theater and film to become a national hero.

There are very few dark moments. And no foul language that I could detect.

Cantinflas was a master comedian. However, I do not think this movie could truly reproduce the comedic timing that Cantinflas used. Therefore, Cantinflas's wit is not displayed in this movie in a manner that I could laugh at most of the time. Subtitles slow down the delivery of his jokes. The effect of surprise in his jokes is muted by the English translation and the use of subtitles. So, as a film goer I am at a disadvantage. His jokes were gentle surprise one liners that entertained families on stage in the Cantinas of Mexico and film. But I am hardly an expert on his career. All I have seen is this movie.

I think that if you wanted to treat a person to a gentle story, with only a few moments of aggressive drama, you would be safe to bring any friend to see this film. This is a "nice film." And if that friend were born around 1940, all the better. And now I want to know more about Mario Moreno's career. And I would like to experience the results of his comedic timing from the master. Charlie Chaplin is said to have considered him the most humorous man in theater. That is quite a compliment.

Mario Moreno upset the Union of Actors in Mexico. He shunned the studio system of Hollywood, too. Yet he rose from the very bottom of Mexican society to become an Oscar winning actor.

This film is safe, gentle entertainment. I feel I broadened my understanding of film history after seeing this movie. I recommend you see it too. I am sure you will leave the theater with a warm, gentle feeling.

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