Macario (1960)





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B. Traven, the reclusive author of Treasure of the Sierra Madre, used an old Mexican folk tale as the basis for his novel The Third Guest. The book was in turn adapted for film as Macario. Ignacio Tarso plays a poverty-stricken peasant who goes on a hunger strike, hoping that someone will take pity on him and give him a turkey dinner. Torres' wife Pina Pellecier steals a turkey, and just as Torres is about to wolf down his food, he is visited by Death (Enrique Lucerio). The grim reaper offers to bestow magical powers upon Torres in exchange for part of the meal. Torres is gifted with the ability to restore health to sick people, but he is permitted to utilize this gift only upon persons of Death's choosing. At first, Torres is lauded as a hero, but before long he is being shunned as an instrument of Satan. Torres' last-ditch effort to redeem himself causes him to renege on his bargain with Death--and you know what that means. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Pina Pellicer
as Macario's Wife
José Gálvez
as The Devil
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Critic Reviews for Macario

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Roberto Galvadon's 1959 rags-to-riches fable combines magical realism and folkloric elements of Mexico's Indianist movement with results that are alternately comic and poignant.

Full Review… | May 26, 2016
Chicago Reader
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Gabriel Figueroa's cinematography is the best element of this Mexican folk tale, which was the country's first nominee for Foreign Language Oscar.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011

First Mexican production to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film.

Full Review… | May 25, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Macario

Macario is by far one of my favorite foreign films. Has a great story and explains how well a person can be with a gift to heal the people.

Adawg J
Adawg J

Despite some hilariously hokey acting, this suspenseful tragedy manages to make you care for the characters at its center.

Anthony Bencivengo
Anthony Bencivengo

A dark and intense fantasy about a man who has nothing of value but what he has, he treasures. This has to be one of the best films to come out from mexico. It's funny but scary at the same time, a true master worck.

alejandro rodrigez
alejandro rodrigez

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