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The Realm of Fortune (1986)

El imperio de la fortuna (original title)
A very poor and handicaped man, lives in a small town in Mexico with his mother. He works announcing things along the town ("The priest lost his cow, if someone sees it ..."). He is very ... See full summary »

Director:

Arturo Ripstein

Writers:

Juan Rulfo (story "El gallo de oro"), Paz Alicia Garciadiego (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ... Dionisio Pinzón
Blanca Guerra ... La Caponera
Alejandro Parodi Alejandro Parodi ... Lorenzo Benavides
Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez ... La Pinzona
Socorro Avelar ... Madre de Dionisio
Juan Antonio Llanes ... Cura de San Miguel
Carlos Cardán Carlos Cardán ... Don Isabel
Loló Navarro Loló Navarro ... Doña Iris
Edmundo Barahona Edmundo Barahona ... Merenguero
Raymundo Gómez Cruz Raymundo Gómez Cruz ... Quitamantas
María Barber María Barber ... Monja
Jorge Fegán Jorge Fegán ... Juez Veedor
Alfonso Godínez Alfonso Godínez ... Amarrador
Emilio Ebergenyi Emilio Ebergenyi ... Padrino
José Ruvinskis José Ruvinskis ... Padrino
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Storyline

A very poor and handicaped man, lives in a small town in Mexico with his mother. He works announcing things along the town ("The priest lost his cow, if someone sees it ..."). He is very interested in the cock fightigs. One day a man gives him a looser cock, thinking to give him something to eat, but instead he takes care of the animal and it becomes a winner cock. He begins to win some money. La Caponera, a very good looking singer, erlier avoided him but now she uses her coquetry to gain some drinks. He thinks she is his talisman so she marries her when he becomes rich, taking her apart from the show-bizz, so she begins to feel very unhappy. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

28 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szerencse birodalma See more »

Filming Locations:

Tlaxcala, Mexico

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Epic story of the struggle to appreciate good things of life.
26 June 2006 | by bigrichrySee all my reviews

A very poor, crippled man barely ekes out a living while his mother attempts to care for him. He is given a crippled cock to eat, but nurses it to health and some success in fighting. He rejects the offer of a professional gambler to win illegally. The gambler defeats him and then becomes his mentor in cock fighting and cards. A Mexican Ava Gardner sings in the settings where he is and lives with the gambler. Eventually she leaves the gambler, taking his luck to the poor man who then is vary successful materially, but never emotionally. One dramatic sexual scene and later a more degraded one. A daughter from infancy until early adulthood. A primitive life well portrayed. A story to see repeatedly.


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