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The Great Madcap

1949 1h 32m Comedy List
Reviews 75% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
A family attempts to end a patriarch's hedonistic ways by pretending to be penniless. Read More Read Less

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Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine Ever the foot fetishist, Buuel opens The Great Madcap with a fragmented shot of intertwined legs and feet. Rated: 3.5/4 Apr 25, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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Inaki B If you want to start watching classic mexican movies, this is the best option Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/04/21 Full Review Audience Member It is hard to believe that one of Buñuel's first films was this silly and inconsistent little comedy that, despite a great performance by Fernando Soler and some funny moments, feels pretty dated with its naiveté and lack of nuance - not to mention a terrible, cringe-inducing ending. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member F 8.0 [Luis Buñuel] [Mx] Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review walter m "The Great Madcap" starts with Ramiro(Fernando Soler) waking up in the drunk tank at the police station. In point of fact, he has been on a months' long bender since the death of his beloved wife. In the meantime, both employees and family members have taken full advantage of him. However, that all stops when his brother Gregorio(Francisco Jambrina), a doctor, visits and stages a unique intervention. "The Great Madcap" is a witty and amiable satire with more than its share of reversals.(In fact, this could have just easily been called "Reversal of Fortune" as that title had not been taken yet in 1949.) Most surprisingly, the movie is less interested in class with Ramiro a much more admirable sort than many beneath him on the social ladder, as there is a strong anti-parasite stance on display here. And in the end, what would a Luis Bunuel movie be without a couple of jabs at religion? Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Una película imprescindible con un mensaje muy claro sobre como el dinero destruye familias y puede cambiar el concepto de lo que es el verdadero amor y como este cuando es verdadero puede contra cualquier obstáculo. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Very minor work by Bunuel Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A family attempts to end a patriarch's hedonistic ways by pretending to be penniless.
Luis Buñuel
Luis Alcoriza
Production Co
Ultramar FIlms
Original Language
1h 32m