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The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez (2012)

The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez (2012)

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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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Cast

Tony Plana
as Dominguez
Nathalie Kelley
as Pretty Annie
Audrey Scott
as Clementine
Graciella Guerrero
as Solena's Grandmother
David Goryl
as Mr. Davis
Pierre Gonneau
as Coach Radke
Catherine Christensen
as Production Assistant
Phil Swinburne
as Casting Director
David Jacks
as Director
Larry Manetti
as Walker, Jr.
Eduardo Ricard
as Vicente Fernandez
Luke Ganalon
as Marc (El Picolindo)
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Critic Reviews for The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

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.

June 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.

June 25, 2015 | Full Review…
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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.

June 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.

June 25, 2015 | Full Review…

This corny neo-Western comedy catches our attention because it's the swan song of Ernest Borgnine.

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

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