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The Executioner (El verdugo) (1963)

The Executioner (El verdugo) (1963)





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In this black comedy, a mortician's assistant wants to marry an executioner's daughter. Her father wants to change professions but cannot, as he will lose his new government-sponsored apartment. The young man is persuaded to take over the job, but he swears he will quit before he must kill someone.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Zebra Films

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Nino Manfredi
as José Luis Rodríguez
Emma Penella
as Carmen
José Isbert
as Amadeo
Angel Alvarez
as Alvarez
Guido Alberti
as Governor of Prison
Maruja Isbert
as Ignacia
Félix Fernández
as 1st Sacristan
Alfredo Landa
as 2nd Sacristan
Jose Luis Coll
as Organist
Xan Das Bolas
as Watchman
Chus Lampreave
as Woman at Works
José Sazatornil
as Administrator
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The satire is not demonstrative. It has its point to make, but it's going to first make you wade through a painful, sometimes frantic, sometimes funny, but ultimately grueling realist drama about getting by in life.

Full Review… | October 27, 2016

Audience Reviews for The Executioner (El verdugo)

It concerns an undertaker who marries the executioner's daughter and then gets reluctantly roped into becoming an executioner himself. Reading comments by others, it seems that it's supposed to be a sharp critique of the death penalty. As an American viewer in 2009 I didn't get that from it, but in hindsight I can see it. It doesn't really change my opinion of the film either way. I thought it was very entertaining and the characters were quite funny, especially José Isbert as the elder hangman.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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