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R| 2 hr. min.

Plot Summary
In the 1940s, a small Mexican town has lost three mayors within a short span of time because the citizens have assassinated them. A naive janitor (Damián Alcázar) is recruited to become the new mayor, and he believes he will modernize the little town and usher in a reign of peace. But the system corrupts him very quickly, as it is predicated on bribery. Soon, the new mayor takes to abusing his power while associating with an unscrupulous assortment of opportunists, hypocrites and criminals.

Cast: Damián Alcázar , Pedro Armendáriz Jr. , Delia Casanova , Juan Carlos Colombo , Alex Cox , Guillermo Gil , Ernesto Gómez Cruz , Leticia Huijara

Director: Luis Estrada

Genres: Comedy

Distributor: Artecinema, Venevision International [us]

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Release Date: February 18th, 2000|2 hr. min.

critic reviews ( 3 )
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  • Suffers from its enthusiasm, so fueled by anger and emotion that storytelling grows clouded. Irreverence gives way to polemic, then to an orgy of violence. show more

  • Incisive, highly entertaining political farce. show more

  • Estrada can be faulted for not fully developing these supporting characters, or for not weaving them seamlessly into his story. His eye all along is so clearly and surely on The Point that at times plot details and peripheral performances are washed over. show more

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