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La Cucaracha [DVD]

Eric Roberts , Joaquim de Almeida , Jack Perez    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Eric Roberts, Joaquim de Almeida, Victor Rivers, James McManus, Tara Crespo
  • Directors: Jack Perez
  • Writers: James McManus
  • Producers: Beau Rogers, Betsy Chasse, Dan York, David Forrest, Ellen Fontana
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Digital Video Dreams
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LW54
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,268 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Walter Pool (Eric Roberts) came to Mexico looking for inspiration for his novel, but found only despair, disillusion and broken dreams. Years later, Walter is still in Mexico, living in an abandoned shack, spending all his time drunk. Out of the blue, he is given a chance to start again when someone offers him $100,000 to kill a man. The money will allow him to straighten his life out, but earning it will require that he surrender his last shred of self-respect. Now Walter must make the most important choice of his life.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Undecided 11 July 2010
Format:DVD
This is an interesting little film. Briefly, Eric Roberts plays an alcoholic would-be writer living in a shack in Mexico. He is offered the chance to make a fortune if he accepts the job of killing an apparent child-murderer. Eventually he does so, but, of course, it isn't as simple as that, and he ends up in a whole load of trouble - I won't give the plot away here.
Roberts shows us a much greater range of acting skill than he normally does or, shall we say, that he normally gets the chance to exhibit. Usually he only gets to play psychos or other inadequates; his character here is not that much different from his usual fare to start with, but the difference here is that he makes the most of the opportunity to push the envelop of the role (and of his own apparent talents) as far as he reasonably can.
Everyone else delivers good performances, especially James McManus as Roberts' oleaginous would-be "friend" and, above all, Victor Rivers in a small but stand-out performance as the putative child-killer. The only thing wrong with the film, as far as I'm concerned, is the slight uneasiness I experienced throughout, occasioned by the feeling that the film (or rather its makers) didn't know quite whether it was supposed to be a straight-forward thriller or a black comedy. I had the feeling that Roberts was receiving inadequate direction, so that he never knew quite how far along the thriller-comedy spectrum to pitch and hold his performance. This gave the film an uneven quality which tended to undermine its overall impact.
Still, for all that it is a good, efficient little thriller and, above-mentioned caveats notwithstanding, can be recommended as a pleasant way to pass a couple of hours.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Surprise 3 Jun 2014
By jamo
Format:DVD
Ive been meaning to watch this for a while and finally got round to it. I think eric roberts is a unique actor and I like to watch him which is why I checked this out. This is classic roberts for me. I cant decide if he's not very good or a genius, which is why I like him so much. This movie seems rushed and unfinished but in a good way. Its obviously low budget but the script has some realy good moments and the direction and story keep it intriguing and original.
I think a movie like this had potential to be an absolute classic. the idea is good. the performances hint at something special and it almost has that pekinpah atmosphere from the 70's. I think if they had a bit more money and maybe more time this could have been a great film. However I love movies that hint at greatness almost as much as I love great movies and this is definately a forgotten minor gem that deserves attention.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About time eric roberts 25 Jun 2008
Format:DVD
I found this in blockbusters one night and bought it as i like eric roberts and thought i will give it a try, I was very surprised how good this is and the script is well written and the actors do an amazing job. This is one of my five top films of all time althought the budget was low this film works so well. Eric Roberts is unbelievably in this its about time hollywood or some one noticed how good an actor he is. The indepent film industrie must be loving him work on his films as it gives a name to a film and helps sale the movie. I think eric wanted to do this film he seemed to be enjoying the role that he plays and does it with ease. Great film i suggested ever one in the world buys this you don't know what you will be missing if you don't.

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT VIEWED YET 15 Aug 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
No time to watch yet. Confident will be good condition as well-packed but Eric Roberts has made some duff films despite being great actor.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent noir, unfortunately full-screen mode 3 Aug 2000
By A. Mc Clymont - Published on Amazon.com
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More and more, and with some obvious exceptions, it seems that a film's budget is inversely proportional to its quality. La Cucaracha is definitely not a mega-Hollywood blockbuster, but production quality does not suffer at all in this fine noir.
Eric Roberts is truly excellent as a loser turned hitman, Joaquim de Almeida is vicious as the scumbag bad guy. This gem of a movie deserves your attention! There are so many little moments during the film that we can all identify with...
Watch out: the DVD comes only in standard format (why do they do that! )
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars South of the Border Noir 31 May 2000
By David S. Rielly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I saw this film twice on the Festival Circuit (NYC and Austin, where it won best screenplay) and made it my mission to spread the good word. This wonderfully written and directed film boasts the most accomplished performance to date by Eric Roberts as a gringo writer who abandons his life in the states to drink himself into oblivion in a small Mexican town. Interfering with his self destruction is an offer by a mysterious stranger to kill a notoriously evil man for a large (and desperately needed) sum of cash. I know it sounds like an unlikely jumping off point for a story about lust, obsession, revenge and redemption with a metaphysical twist, but what follows is sublime and thrilling filmmaking. No review is complete without mentioning the captivating debut of the mysterious beauty (Tara Crespo) who is wonderful as the light at the end of Roberts' tunnel. This is a great addition to any film lovers' library, and serves wonderfully as a movie to pop in for your jaded friend who thinks he's seen everything.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great contemporary film noir - Roberts can still act 27 Dec 2002
By CT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Those of you familiar with Eric Roberts' film work of the 1980s (Raggedy Man, Runaway Train) will not be surprised to learn that he does a superlative job in this indie film noir.
Roberts plays a down on his luck alcoholic American would-be writer, stuck in a dirt-poor Mexican town. When given the chance of making some quick money to "do a favor" for the local crime boss, his life begins a wild downwards spiral.
Despite the subject matter, this film is far from depressing - it's more like a black comedy film noir. Too bad no one ever saw it, otherwise Roberts would be back making Oscar-caliber films instead of toiling in B movies and in sitcoms. The entire cast is teriffic, and the director does a stellar job on a miniscule budget. Buy this film and enjoy it, and tell someone else about it. It's that good!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down Mexico Way 9 Dec 2000
By Andrea Zomber - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the best indie films I have seen in such a long, long time! A fresh and novel approach to film noir, rated by CREATIVE SCREEN WRITER's Magazine as the best film noir in the past few decades! The director has a special talent for taking the low-budget limits and making a BIG movie. Eric Roberts performance is par with his early performances in "Run Away Train" and "The Pope of Greenwich Village". I strongly suggest all film lovers adding this film to their library, as I have seen it in two festivals (winner of BEST PICTURE AWARD in 98' Austin film festival & ERIC ROBERTS winner of BEST ACTOR award in NY International Independent Film and Video Festival 99'). I only wish films like this would appear on the big screen more often.
5.0 out of 5 stars La Cucaracha..don't be deterred by the name! 3 July 2012
By J - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a completely underrated movie and in my opinion should be commercial as opposed to some of the crap out there now!
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