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Pepe

Released Dec 21, 1960 2h 37m Musical Comedy List
Reviews 49% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Mexican laborer Pepe Quiroga (Cantinflas) finds his world turned upside down when Don Juan, a beloved white horse from the ranch where he works, is auctioned off to a boorish film industry bigwig and is promptly transported to California. Desperate to be reunited with the animal, Quiroga sets off on a madcap journey to Hollywood, where he must wade through a sea of celebrities -- including Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Durante -- in the course of his search for his equine friend. Read More Read Less

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Gerri Major Jet Magazine It is a three-hour-15-minute, all-star spectacular built around the superb artistry of Mexico's international favorite, Cantinflas. Jan 16, 2024 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine Cantinflas is a gifted and endearing comedian but his talents are sadly diluted in this marathon yarn. Dec 16, 2019 Full Review Isabel Quigly The Spectator The film Pepe which is draped round his rather ineffective personality, is an expensive, tasteless and dreary romp. Jul 20, 2018 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Despite the cameos of over 30 movie stars and big budget, George Sidney's gimmicky comedy, starring Mexican actor Cantinflas who goes to Hollywood to take care of his horse, is one of Hollywood's biggest flops of the 1960s. Rated: C Aug 6, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member I enjoyed most of this endearing film with its main character, Pepe, the warm-heartening main character who sticks out like a sore thumb in the then-modern day Hollywood of the '60's. Some of the scenes could have been better, however. For example, the scene where Pepe barges into Janet Leigh's bathroom is somewhat alarming and I think, overdone. However, the film has many good points--including a star-studded cast of celebrities who are smitten and seem positively-affected by Pepe's warmth and genuine charm. In contrast to the institutionalized, cold Hollywood of that time. The songs are very good also. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review steve d The best thing it has is the cameos the story is a complete waist of time. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Tons of cameo appearances can't help this hopeless musical comedy which tried to make Cantinflas into an American movie star but failed; Judy Garland (voice only) sings the Oscar-nominated "The Faraway Part of Town" and Maurice Chevalier provides a highlight singing "Mimi" and "September Song." At almost three hours, however, the highlights are spread pretty thin. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Josías G Recuerdo que lloré y me hizo sentir muy orgulloso de ser Mexicano y a la vez que sentir coraje porque tuvo que ser una obra extranjera la que me hiciera sentir así http://cineptimoarte.blogspot.mx/ Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/17/17 Full Review Audience Member I am a one horse man. Pepe resides in Mexico when his favorite horse, who he views as a son, is sold to a Hollywood movie producer. He embarks on a journey to rescue his horse. He encounters several Hollywood stars at various locations and adventures ensue. "All they like today are legs and bosoms." George Sidney, director of Anchors Away, Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas, Annie Get Your Gun, Jupiter's Darling, Key to the City, and The Harvey Girls, delivers Pepe. The storyline for this picture is a Bollywood comedy that I found fun and entertaining. The cast is impressive and includes Cantinflas, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Richard Conte, Sammy Davis Jr, Judy Garland, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Janet Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Kim Novak, Cesar Romero, Debbie Reynolds, Charles Coburn, and Tony Curtis, among many others. "A father's place is with his son." I saw this all star cast and had to grab this off Netflix. The storyline for this picture is ridiculous in a Forest Gump kind of way. I found this picture worth a viewing for fans of the classics. I got a few good chuckles and loved seeing our classic stars of yester years in a fun hearted picture. I recommend seeing this at least once. "Luck is only opportunity spelled backwards." Grade: B- Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie was a waste of time and talent. Under the thin veil of a plot it assumes, it spends the first third of the movie gawking at some of the greatest burned-out has-beens to ever grace the screen. There are some great moments in this movie, including Billie Burke shooting Charles Coburn in the back of the head with a slingshot, Bing Crosby signing a tortilla, and Greer Garson buying tequila for a horse. Turns out that the same year that Janet Leigh was murdered in the shower, she was walked-in-on in the bathtub. The main character, sweet little Pepe himself, is an adorable man. The ending of this movie just raised the little hairs on the back of my neck in anger and digust. In an ending that could only have been motivated by racial prejudice, the love interest ends up with a character who has served as the villain throughout the whole movie! And all this right after a beautifully romantic scene with Kim Novack as herself (the best scene in the movie). It nearly brought me to tears. It was so mean, so cruel to poor Pepe, and so backwards thinking that I nearly couldn't stand it. An ending like that can undo a whole movie which was otherwise not great, but not bad. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Mexican laborer Pepe Quiroga (Cantinflas) finds his world turned upside down when Don Juan, a beloved white horse from the ranch where he works, is auctioned off to a boorish film industry bigwig and is promptly transported to California. Desperate to be reunited with the animal, Quiroga sets off on a madcap journey to Hollywood, where he must wade through a sea of celebrities -- including Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Durante -- in the course of his search for his equine friend.
Director
George Sidney
Producer
George Sidney
Distributor
Columbia Pictures
Genre
Musical, Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 21, 1960, Original
Runtime
2h 37m