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Plot, Details & Awards

Pepe

157min.
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Plot & Details

Popular Mexican comedian Cantinflas (Mario Moreno) plays the title character in this star-studded, amusing comedy drama by George Sidney. Pepe is the same sort of impoverished stereotype Cantinflas made famous in several of his comedies; in this case he is a hired hand on a ranch who chases down a horse for his employer. A boozing Hollywood director buys a white stallion belonging to Pepe's boss and the determined ranch hand decides to take off for Hollywood to get the horse back. Once in this new and strange environment -- where a lot of cameos by the likes of Jimmy Durante, Frank Sinatra, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bing Crosby, Maurice Chevalier, and many others enliven the action -- Pepe becomes a friend to the alcoholic director. Unfortunately, what is missing here is "Cantinfletico." That is the nickname for the rambling non-sequitur characteristic of Cantinflas that no one else could master. The film was originally released at 195 minutes, then edited down to 157.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1960 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Al Clark Nominated
1960 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Viola Lawrence Nominated
1960 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction William Kiernan Nominated
1960 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Charles Rice Nominated
1960 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Musical Score Johnny Green Nominated
1960 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Cinematography Joe MacDonald Nominated
1960 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Dory Langdon Nominated
1960 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Costume Design Edith Head Nominated
1960 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Musical Score Andre Previn Nominated
1960 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1960 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical Nominated
1960 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Nominated
1960 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Cantinflas Nominated

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