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Alfonso Arau is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Editor Mexicain born on 11 january 1932 at Mexico City (Mexique)

Alfonso Arau

Alfonso Arau
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Nationality Mexique
Birth 11 january 1932 (88 years) at Mexico City (Mexique)

Alfonso Arau Incháustegui (born January 11, 1932) is a Mexican actor and director.


Arau was born in Mexico City, the son of a doctor. He directed the films Zapata: The Dream of a Hero, Like Water for Chocolate (adapted from the novel written by his ex-wife Laura Esquivel), A Walk in the Clouds with Keanu Reeves and Anthony Quinn, and the Hallmark Hall of Fame production A Painted House, adapted from the John Grisham novel of the same name. Among a plethora of roles in his career, Arau has played "Captain Herrera", a lieutenant of Federal general "Mapache", in Sam Peckinpah's 1969 western, The Wild Bunch, chief bandit "El Guapo" in Three Amigos (USA, 1986), a comedy with Martin Short, Steve Martin, and Chevy Chase, shady businessman Manuel in the comedy Used Cars (USA, 1980), and the smuggler "Juan" in Romancing the Stone which starred Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. Arau appeared in the 1972 Mexican film El rincón de las vírgenes ("The Virgins' Corner"), where he played the assistant of a fake mystical doctor traveling from town to town, who reminisce about their travels, when a group of women decide to propose the doctor for sainthood. The movie was set in 1920s rural Mexico.

Arau has made many appearances as a character actor in American and TV series and plays. In the 1972 episode of Gunsmoke titled "Hidalgo", Arau portrayed the bandit "Mando" who shoots and wounds marshal "Matt Dillon".

In 1973, Arau acted in and directed Calzónzin Inspector ("Cazonci" or "Caltzontzin" was the term used in the Purépecha culture, to name their emperors), a movie based on a character from the Mexican comic Los Supermachos of Rius, a cartoonist, who co-wrote the screenplay. The movie, which is influenced by Nikolai Gogol's The Government Inspector, centers around two Mexicans who are mistaken for government inspectors from Mexico City by the corrupt mayor of a small town. It is a humorous political critique, aimed squarely at the then ruling party Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) and its paramilitary caciques, at a time when freedom of speech in politics was highly restricted. There are at least two versions of the movie, with one having some scenes deleted by State censors, the most notable of which depicts the killing of a renegade farmer by a police officer, who shoots the farmer in the back.

In December 2004, the Santa Fe Film Festival honored Alfonso Arau for his work in cinema.

In 2010 he directed the Italian-language film, The Trick in the Sheet.

In January 2011, he starred in Chad, Matt & Rob's "The Treasure Hunt: An Interactive Adventure."

^ Alfonso Arau. Film Reference, Biography, 2007. Last accessed: April 11, 2008.

^ TV Guide

^ Calzónzin Inspector at

^ New Mexico Business Weekly Dec.

Best films

Romancing the Stone (1984)

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Filmography of Alfonso Arau (26 films)

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Coco (2017)
, 1h45
Directed by Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Children's films
Actors Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Anthony Gonzalez, Alanna Ubach, Ana Ofelia Murguia, Renée Victor
Roles Papá Julio Rivera (voice)
Rating83% 4.196824.196824.196824.196824.19682
Autrefois, Imelda Rivera était mariée à un musicien talentueux. Ce dernier avait quitté sa femme et sa fille, Coco, pour poursuivre sa carrière musicale. En représailles, Imelda avait banni toute musique dans sa famille et créé une entreprise de cordonnerie, transmise de génération en génération. Dans le présent, son arrière-arrière-petit-fils, Miguel, âgé de 12 ans, vit avec sa famille, et Coco, son arrière-grand-mère, dans le petit village mexicain de Santa Cecilia. Il rêve de devenir un musicien comme Ernesto de la Cruz, vedette de la chanson et du cinéma, de la même génération qu'Imelda (ce dernier est mort lors d'une représentation, quand une énorme cloche lui est tombée sur la tête). Lors des préparatifs de la Fête des Morts, Miguel casse accidentellement le cadre de la photographie d'Imelda, au centre de l'autel, et découvre que son mari (dont la tête a été arrachée de la photographie) tenait la célèbre guitare blanche d'Ernesto. Plus tard dans la soirée, quand Miguel fait part à sa famille de son intention de participer au concours de talents du Jour des Morts, sa grand-mère Elena détruit sa guitare. Furieux, il quitte la maison et se dirige vers le cimetière de la ville.
I Heart Shakey, 1h33
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs
Actors Steve Lemme, Steve Guttenberg, Beverly D'Angelo, Alfonso Arau, Sean Giambrone
Roles Raoul
Rating38% 1.937521.937521.937521.937521.93752
Enthousiasmé par son nouveau job de chef cuisinier à Chicago, J.T., père dévoué et propriétaire de Shakey, réalise trop tard que le bail de son nouvel appartement a une clause d'interdiction de détention d'animaux domestiques. Inconsolable à l'idée de perdre son chien adoré, Chandler, sa petite fille espiègle, met en place un plan pour garder son fidèle compagnon à quatre pattes... Une longue série de malices et de ruses vont être nécessaires pour protéger Shakey de l'expulsion...
I Heart Shakey, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Steve Guttenberg, Beverly D'Angelo, Steve Lemme, Alfonso Arau, Sean Giambrone
Roles Raoul
Rating38% 1.937521.937521.937521.937521.93752
Enthousiasmé par son nouveau job de chef cuisinier à Chicago, J.T., père dévoué et propriétaire de Shakey, réalise trop tard que le bail de son nouvel appartement a une clause d'interdiction de détention d'animaux domestiques. Inconsolable à l'idée de perdre son chien adoré, Chandler, sa petite fille espiègle, met en place un plan pour garder son fidèle compagnon à quatre pattes... Une longue série de malices et de ruses vont être nécessaires pour protéger Shakey de l'expulsion...
The Dead One, 1h30
Directed by Brian Cox
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror, Romance
Actors Wilmer Valderrama, Angie Cepeda, Joel Moore, Tony Plana, Michael Parks, Billy Drago
Roles Tezcatlipoca (voice)
Rating36% 1.8288851.8288851.8288851.8288851.828885
Centuries ago, the Aztec empire of Mexico was conquered by the Spanish conquistadors. Horrified by their religious practices, the Spaniards set out to convert the native population to Catholicism, effectively declaring war upon the Aztec religion. According to an ancient prophecy, the Aztecs and their religion will return to dominance in a time known as the Sixth Sun.
Angel Eyes
Angel Eyes (2001)
, 1h42
Directed by Mark Canton, Elie Samaha, Luis Mandoki
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Actors Jennifer Lopez, Jim Caviezel, Jeremy Sisto, Terrence Howard, Sônia Braga, Victor Argo
Rating56% 2.80072.80072.80072.80072.8007
On a wet rainy night in Chicago, police officer Sharon Pogue (Jennifer Lopez) is at the scene of a serious traffic accident holding the hand of one of the victims, pleading that he hold on and not give up. One year later, Sharon is frustrated with the men she dates, and has become estranged from her family for having her father arrested for beating her mother Josephine (Sonia Braga). Her father and brother, Larry (Jeremy Sisto), have never forgiven her, and her anger is affecting her police work.
Committed (2000)
, 1h38
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Heather Graham, Casey Affleck, Luke Wilson, Goran Višnjić, Patricia Velásquez, Alfonso Arau
Roles Grampy
Rating51% 2.5522352.5522352.5522352.5522352.552235
The ever-optimistic Joline (Heather Graham) faces a challenge when her husband, flaky news photographer Carl (Luke Wilson), leaves her to find himself in Texas. Joline tracks Carl down and observes him, acquainting herself with his schedule and new friends (including his new girlfriend, Carmen (Patricia Velásquez) and his quirky neighbor, Niko (Goran Visnjic). Eventually Carl spots Joline, and Joline seeks new ways of returning Carl to her life, up to and including mystic remedies provided by Carmen's grandfather. Eventually Joline is committed, hence the title, and her belief in true and lasting love is broken.
Picking Up the Pieces, 1h35
Directed by Alfonso Arau
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy
Themes Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films
Actors Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, David Schwimmer, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Kiefer Sutherland, Cheech Marin
Roles Dr. Amado
Rating48% 2.4017552.4017552.4017552.4017552.401755
Tex (Woody Allen), a butcher who kills his unfaithful wife Candy (Sharon Stone). After cutting up the body, Tex buries most of her body parts in the desert in New Mexico. A blind woman accidentally trips over Candy's hand, which has not been buried. Picking it up, her sight is restored, and she proclaims the hand to be the "Hand of the Virgin Mary."
Walker (1987)
, 1h35
Directed by Alex Cox
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Action, Historical, Western
Actors Ed Harris, Peter Boyle, Alan Bates, Richard Masur, René Auberjonois, Keith Szarabajka
Roles Raousset
Rating65% 3.298963.298963.298963.298963.29896
In 1853, soldier-of-fortune William Walker (Ed Harris) flees Mexico after a failed attempt to incite an armed insurrection. He is placed on trial by US officials, but wins acquittal on breaking the Neutrality Act. Walker believes in Manifest Destiny and has plans to marry and start a newspaper until his fianceé Ellen Martin (Marlee Matlin) dies of cholera. Financed by American multimillionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt (Peter Boyle), Walker and 60 mercenaries embark on a mission to overthrow the Government of Nicaragua, to secure Vanderbilt's rights over an overland shipping route between the Atlantic and Pacific.
¡Three Amigos!, 1h38
Directed by John Landis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Western
Themes Films about television
Actors Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Joe Mantegna, Jon Lovitz, Phil Hartman
Roles El Guapo
Rating64% 3.24923.24923.24923.24923.2492
In 1916, the notorious bandit El Guapo (Alfonso Arau) and his gang of thugs are collecting protection money from the small Mexican village of Santo Poco. Carmen (Patrice Martinez), daughter of the village leader, searches for someone who can come to the rescue of her townspeople. While visiting a small village church, she watches a silent film featuring "The Three Amigos" and, believing them to be real heroes, sends a telegram to Hollywood asking them to come and stop El Guapo. However, the telegraph operator edits her message since she has very little money to pay for it.
Romancing the Stone, 1h45
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Alfonso Arau, Manuel Ojeda, Holland Taylor
Roles Juan
Rating68% 3.4487153.4487153.4487153.4487153.448715
Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) is a lonely romance novelist in New York City, whom her editor believes is waiting for a romantic hero like in one of her books. One day Joan gets a call from her sister, Elaine, who has been kidnapped by antiquities smugglers Ira (Zack Norman) and Ralph (Danny DeVito). Joan is to go to Colombia with a map she's just received in the mail from Elaine's late husband; the map is Elaine's ransom.
Mojado Power, 1h48
Directed by Alfonso Arau
Actors Alfonso Arau, Blanca Guerra, Pedro Damián, Socorro Bonilla
Roles Nato Solís
Rating67% 3.365033.365033.365033.365033.36503
Used Cars
Used Cars (1980)
, 1h53
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action
Actors Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae, Deborah Harmon, Joe Flaherty
Roles Manuel
Rating66% 3.3484353.3484353.3484353.3484353.348435
Rudy Russo (Kurt Russell) is a young and cunning used car salesman in Phoenix with aspirations of running for senate. He works at the struggling New Deal used car lot owned by the elderly Luke Fuchs (Jack Warden), who agrees to help invest $10,000 in Rudy's campaign if he promises to keep the business alive. Meanwhile, across the street, Luke's younger brother Roy L. Fuchs (also played by Warden) is desperate to keep his used car lot from being demolished and replaced by a proposed freeway exit. Wanting to collect life insurance money and New Deal from Luke, Roy hires his mechanic, ex-demolition derby driver Mickey (Michael Talbott), to recklessly drive Luke's 1957 Chevrolet Two-Ten coupe around the block with Luke in the passenger's seat. After the Chevy crashes back into the lot, Luke dies of a heart attack, but leaves Rudy with evidence that Roy staged the "accident". In an attempt to prevent Roy from gaining any inheritance, Rudy has his superstitious co-worker Jeff (Gerrit Graham) and mechanic Jim (Frank McRae) help him bury Luke in the lot's backyard in an Edsel that was once New Deal's sign ornament. They explain to Roy that Luke went on a vacation to Miami.
Posse (1975)
, 1h32
Directed by Kirk Douglas
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Western
Actors Kirk Douglas, Bruce Dern, Bo Hopkins, James Stacy, Luke Askew, David Canary
Roles Pepe
Rating64% 3.2450853.2450853.2450853.2450853.245085
Howard Nightingale (Kirk Douglas), a U.S. marshal, leads an elite uniformed posse to track down and capture the infamous bank robber Jack Strawhorn (Bruce Dern), in an effort to further his political career when running for United States Senator. Strawhorn disrupts his plans when he kidnaps Nightingale. He demands a ransom of $40,000 from the posse for Nightingale's safe return—the same amount of money that the posse burned when tracking Strawhorn down and killing his gang. In order to raise the money, Nightingale's posse have to rob the town, thus turning the public against Nightingale.
Inspector Calzonzin, 1h30
Directed by Alfonso Arau
Genres Comedy
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Alfonso Arau, Héctor Ortega, Carmen Salinas
Roles Caltzontzin
Rating69% 3.465223.465223.465223.465223.46522
When the major of a fictional town in rural Mexico learns that an incognito inspector is sent by the Government to supervise him, he tries in all the ways to intercept him in order to avoid him discovering his corrupt ways. Almost at the same time a poor Mexican guy, called Caltzontzin that looks like a beggar with a Mexican sarape, arrives to town and soon is confused with the forementioned inspector.