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Gran Casino (1947)





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Two great Latin singing stars team up in this musical melodrama directed by the innovative Spanish filmmaker Luis Bunuel. Gerardo (Jorge Negrete) and his friend Demetrio (Julio Villarreal) are a pair of footloose cowboys in turn-of-the-century Mexico who are looking for work after escaping from prison on dubious charges. Gerardo persuades Jose (Francisco Jambrina), an tycoon from Argentina who is looking for oil in Mexico, to give work to himself and his friends, but just as their fortunes are on the rise, the oilman disappears and is feared murdered. Jose's sister Mercedes (Libertad Lamarque) travels to Mexico to find out what's become of him, and when she learns that Gerardo has taken over as manager in Jose's absence, she's convinced that Gerardo and his pals are to blame. Wanting to know more about Gerardo and his cronies, she takes a job as a singer as "Gran Casino," a rowdy nightclub near the oil fields; in time, she strikes up a romance with the good-hearted roughneck and learns just who her brother's enemies really are. Gran Casino was Luis Bunuel's first project after settling in Mexico in the wake of the Spanish Civil War and an unsuccessful attempt to seek asylum in the United States; an uncharacteristically conventional story which was not well suited to Bunuel's talents (and a musical to boot), Gran Casino fared poorly at the box office, and it was two years before he'd get to make his next film, El Gran Calavera. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Mystery & Suspense , Western
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Agustín Isunza
as Heriberto
Libertad Lamarque
as Mercedes Irigoyen
Jorge Negrete
as Gerardo Ramirez
Charles Rooner
as Van Eckerman
Julio Villareal
as Demetrio Garcia

Critic Reviews for Gran Casino

All Critics (2)

Enjoyable as populist entertainment.

Full Review… | October 2, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A shockingly routine film.

Full Review… | September 6, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Gran Casino


It seems to be primarily a showcase for Negrete, a sort of hispanic Dean Martin with rakish charm, macho (but not too macho) swagger, and a good set of pipes. It's utterly predictable and the sets are kind of cheap, but it's passable as light entertainment. It's just so out of place in the Bunuel ouevre, then again so are a lot of his other Mexican director-for-hire films. This is probably the least interesting of them, however, with only one or two brief glimpses of the Bunuel we know and love.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

Minor Bunuel picture, featuring musical numbers by its two stars! This was Bunuel's first film in Mexico and he didn't really have too much creative freedom, as it was mainly a vehicle for Mr. Negrete and Ms. Lamarque, who were already a little long on the tooth. The film flopped at the box-office and almost ended this great director's career in Mexico, almost as soon as it began.

Aaron Gutierrez
Aaron Gutierrez

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