La Cucaracha (1998 film)

La Cucaracha is a 1998 American film directed by Jack Perez and starring Eric Roberts and Joaquim de Almeida. The film follows the story of Walter Pool (Eric Roberts), a down on his luck wannabe novelist, who receives an offer of $100,000 to kill an alleged child killer. Walter needs the money desperately for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that he is infatuated with a local woman and he feels as though he has nothing to offer to her. He accepts the offer only to find out that the task of killing another human being is much more difficult than he thought, especially when it turns out that his intended victim is not really a child killer.

La Cucaracha
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La Cucaracha DVD cover
Directed byJack Perez
Written byJames McManus
StarringEric Roberts
Joaquim de Almeida
Victor Rivers
James McManus
Tara Crespo
Michael Peña
Music byMarty Davich
Alvaro Gomez Orozco
CinematographyShawn Maurer
Edited byJohn Pace
Release date
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
BudgetUS $3 million
Box office$14,692 (domestic)

The film premiered on May 14, 1998 at the Austin Film Festival where it won the Feature Film Award. [1][2]

It received some positive reviews scoring 67% as of February 9, 2010 on the aggregate review website Rotten Tomatoes.[3] Film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times awarded La Cucaracha three stars out of four calling it an "intriguing, stylish little film".[4] Marc Savlov of The Austin Chronicle awarded the film three and a half stars praising "McManus' brilliant screenplay" and calling the film a "minor gem".[5]


  1. ^ Austin Film Writers' Fest A Go Under Construction, The Hollywood Reporter, October 5, 1998. Accessed December 12, 2008.
  2. ^ Austin Film Festival 1998 Award Winners, The Austin Chronicle, October 9, 1998. Accessed December 12, 2008.
  3. ^ La Cucaracha, Rotten Tomatoes. Accessed February 9, 2010.
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger. La Cucaracha, Chicago Sun-Times, April 23, 1999. Accessed December 12, 2008.
  5. ^ Savlov, Marc. Cucaracha, La, The Austin Chronicle, April 23, 1999. Accessed December 12, 2008.

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