The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez

2012

The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez

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A retired radio DJ ends up in a tense battle of wills with a nefarious businessman and his villainous doctor henchman after he hurts his back and is sent to live in a nursing home. As a young boy, Rex Page (Ernest Borgnine) always dreamt of being a cowboy. Decades later, his career in radio has dried up, and an injury lands him in the Rancho Park nursing home. There, local tycoon Mr. Walker (Barry Corbin) and scheming Dr. Dominguez (Tony Plana) plot to keep the elderly residents controlled and confined. When the Latino staff at the rest home learn that Rex once met the legendary singer Vicente Fernandez, however, the tides of power gradually begin to turn in his favor, leading to a showdown with Walker and Dominguez.

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  • It gives film fans the chance to see the late Ernest Borgnine in his last acting gig and to see that he clearly relished every opportunity to perform. Unfortunately, the film surrounding him is a pulseless homage to spaghetti westerns.

    Jun 25, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Borgnine's robust performance keeps the pic grounded in a melancholy reality of frustrated dreams, bitter resentments and last-chance opportunities for redemption.

    Jun 25, 2015 | Full Review…

    Joe Leydon

    Variety
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  • A playful paean to a movie genre and a prolific career, Ernest Borgnine's valedictory feature is a spaghetti western with a heavy helping of cheese.

    Jun 25, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The late Ernest Borgnine receives a moving send-off in his final film, The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez.

    Jun 25, 2015 | Full Review…
  • This corny neo-Western comedy catches our attention because it's the swan song of Ernest Borgnine.

    Oct 29, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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