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Espérame en el cielo (1988)

Did Franco have a double? The story is set in the late 40's, in Spain... The humble owner of an orthopedics shop in Madrid is abducted by a misterious group... He disappears for the ... See full summary »


Antonio Mercero


Antonio Mercero, Horacio Valcárcel (screenplay) (as Horacio Valcarcel) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Pepe Soriano ... Paulino Alonso / Francisco Franco
José Sazatornil ... Alberto Sinsoles (as José Sazatornil 'Saza')
Chus Lampreave ... Emilia
Manolo Codeso Manolo Codeso ... Luis
Amparo Valle Amparo Valle ... Rosa
Paco Cambres Paco Cambres ... Capellán de El Pardo (as Francisco Cambres)
José Luis Barceló José Luis Barceló ... Almirante Carrero Blanco (as Jose Luis Barcelo)
Josefina Calatayud Josefina Calatayud ... Carmen Polo
Pedro Civera Pedro Civera ... Embajador egipcio
Miguel de Grandy Miguel de Grandy ... Ayudante de campo
Pedro del Río Pedro del Río ... Cura (as Pedro del Rio)
Francisco Javier Francisco Javier ... Mayordomo
Chari Moreno Chari Moreno ... Mujer del mayordomo
Lorenzo Ramírez Lorenzo Ramírez ... Sereno (as Lorenzo Ramirez)
Gabriel Latorre Gabriel Latorre ... Barbero


Did Franco have a double? The story is set in the late 40's, in Spain... The humble owner of an orthopedics shop in Madrid is abducted by a misterious group... He disappears for the external world... What happened to him? Due to an uncanny similarity with the dictator, Franco, he has been "selected" for the highly secret "Operation Janus", to provide a double for Franco for dangerous moments. Written by Jose Beltran <pepe@prince.pe.u-tokyo.ac.jp>

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Tuvo Franco un doble?




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The name of main character of this movie, a man forced to become a double of Francisco Franco, is Paulino which was Franco's real second name. See more »


Alberto Sinsoles: [Aiming at Franco or Franco's double with a gun] You are not the Generalísimo! I know that, because... 'coz when the Generalísimo stares at a man... eh, that man, that man's soul, eh, freezes and... eh...
[suddenly aiming at his own head]
Alberto Sinsoles: Yessir, whatever you command, my Generalísimo! Viva Franco! Arriba España!
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References Gilda (1946) See more »


By Emilio Arrieta (as Arrieta)
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A brilliant, funny Spanish film
27 January 2006 | by pachlSee all my reviews

Hard to believe so much time has passed, but I saw "Esperame en el Cielo" at the Chicago Film Festival seventeen years ago! This movie is consistently funny and highly good natured. Of all the movies I've ever seen at film festivals, this one remains one of my all time favorites.

The story revolves around Paulino Alonso, a seemingly typical man who has the misfortune to resemble Spain's dictator, Generalisimo Francisco Franco. The government kidnaps Paulino and forces him to train as a double for Franco.

Paulino's overly strict trainer (Alberto Sinsoles) refuses to let him ever see his wife again, or lead any sort of independent life. He is condemned to forever make public (and sometimes dangerous) appearances for Franco.

Paulino and his trainer are absolute opposites. Paulino is compassionate while Alberto is a egotistical and heartless martinet. On one occasion, Alberto unconvincingly reassures Paulino that the coal mine he is supposed to visit is safe. Paulino wants to know that Alberto is going to enter the mine too. Aberto's blustering answer: "OF COURSE!!!!!..................not". I don't want to divulge any surprises in this movie, so watch it for yourself. You'll love this truly charming movie.

One curious note: historians have concluded that Franco certainly must have had a double (maybe even more than one). They deduced this from historic records such as newspaper articles describing Franco visiting more places in one day than was possible for the transportation technology at the time. Almost simultaneously, Franco was supposedly in one town, but also in another town hundreds of miles away, with no airport! Therefore, some of those visits must have been made by a double for Franco.

Hence, this movie might actually be relating real life events. Makes the movie even more interesting, doesn't it?

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December 1990 (USA) See more »

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