A Million to Juan (1994)





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This comedy, set in the barrios East L.A. is loosely based upon Mark Twain's parable The Million Pound Bank Note. The new version tells the tale of Juan Lopez a nice, but uneducated hombre trying to earn enough money to support his little boy. Though Juan was born in the States, he lacks proper documentation and is sent back to Mexico. Now he sells oranges at an intersection. His life looks hopeless when a limousine pulls up and he is handed an envelope containing a check for one million dollars. He is told that he has one month. If he uses the money correctly he will get an award. Juan is suspicious and takes it to his immigration worker who encourages him to check it out. A Beverly Hills banker almost has apoplexy upon examining the check and Juan knows he has the real thing. Now the good-hearted Juan must avoid the temptations, and the greedy people that suddenly surround him.
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Paul Rodriguez
as Juan, Juan Lopez
Polly Draper
as Olivia
Pepe Serna
as Jorge/Mr. Ortiz
Bert Rosario
as Alvaro
as Flaco
Victor Rivers
as Hector
Paul Williams
as Jenkins
Tony Plana
as Jorge
Ruben Blades
as Bartender
Cheech Marin
as Shell Shock
Liz Torres
as Mrs. Delgado
Larry Linville
as Richard Dickerson
Leslie Danon
as Patricia
Evelina Fernandez
as Mrs. Gonzales
Patrick Wright
as Henchman
Patrick White
as Henchman
Guerin Barry
as Fabio Fabiani
Dianna Miranda
as Waitress at Party
Anita Ortega
as Neighbor
Julio Oscar Mechoso
as Corn Seller
Bonnie Paul
as Secretary
Cher Lynn
as Blonde in Porsche
Deborah Benson-Wald
as Woman at Party
Nina Diamante
as Nosey Neighbor
Jon Greene
as Police Officer
Lillian Hurst
as Nosey Neighbor
Jean Kasem
as Party Guest
Kandra Baker
as Party Guest
Sally Hampton
as Party Guest
Kirk Lazaruk
as Party Guest
Samantha Lannom
as Party Guest
Joseph Fulco
as Party Guest
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Audience Reviews for A Million to Juan


What a sweet little film. It's very sincere and means well. It has a good moral to the story, a happy ending and a surprisingly good cast. Paul Rodriguez scores as both an actor and director. Nicely written. Polly Draper is also very good. Simple, to the point and very moving.

James Higgins
James Higgins

An excellent little film that plays up the Mexican American culture where a struggling man who sells oranges on the side of the road is handed a million dollars and told to hold onto it for 30 days. He uses it as collateral, trying to build up a life in America, but all sorts of hurdles jump in the way. Nice little film, with some funny moments. I liked it.

Jason Duron
Jason Duron

I remember this film and I can't help but love it.

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Leo L

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