Francisco Rabal

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Francisco Rabal (March 8, 1926 – August 29, 2001), perhaps better known as Paco Rabal, was a Spanish actor born in Águilas, a small town in the province of Murcia, Spain. In 1936, after the Spanish Civil War broke out. Rabal and his family left Murcia and moved to Madrid. Young Francisco had to work as a street salesboy and in a chocolate factory. When he was 13 years old, he left school to work as an electrician at Estudios Chamartín. Rabal got some sporadic jobs as an extra. Dámaso Alonso and other people advised him to try his luck with a career in theater. During the following years, he got some roles in theater companies such as Lope de Vega or María Guerrero. It was there that he met actress Asunción Balaguer; they married and remained together for the rest of Rabal's life. Their daughter, Teresa Rabal, is also an actor. In 1947, Rabal got some regular jobs in theater. He used his full name, Francisco Rabal, as stage name. However, the people who knew him always called him Paco Rabal. (Paco is the familiar form for Francisco.) "Paco Rabal" became his unofficial stage name. During the 1940s, Rabal began acting in movies as an extra, but it was not until 1950 that he was first cast in speaking roles, and played romantic leads and rogues. He starred in three films directed by Luis Buñuel - Nazarín (1959), Viridiana (1961) and Belle de jour (1967). William Friedkin thought of Rabal for the French villain of his 1971 movie The French Connection. However, he could not remember the name of "that Spanish actor". Mistakenly, his staff hired another Spanish actor, Fernando Rey. Friedkin discovered that Rabal did not speak English or French, so he decided to keep Rey. Rabal has previously worked with Rey in Viridiana. Rabal did, however, work with Friedkin in the much less successful but Academy Award-nominated cult classic Sorcerer (1977), a remake of The Wages of Fear (1953). Throughout his career, Rabal worked in France, Italy and Mexico with directors such as Gillo Pontecorvo, Michelangelo Antonioni, Luchino Visconti, Valerio Zurlini, Jacques Rivette and Alberto Lattuada. It is widely considered that Rabal's best performances came after Francisco Franco's death on 1975. In the 1980s, Rabal starred in Los santos inocentes, winning the Award as Best Actor in Cannes Film Festival, in El Disputado Voto del Señor Cayo and also in the TV series Juncal. In 1989, he was a member of the jury at the 39th Berlin International Film Festival. In the 1999 he played the character of Francisco Goya in Carlos Saura Goya en Burdeos, winning a Goya Award as Best Actor. Francisco Rabal is the only Spanish actor to have received a honoris causa doctoral degree from the University of Murcia. Rabal's final movie was Dagon, a film which was dedicated to him right before the credits. The dedication read "Dedicated to Francisco Rabal, a wonderful actor and even better human being." Rabal died in 2001 from compensatory dilating emphysema, while on an airplane travelling to Bordeaux, when he was coming back from receiving an Award at Montreal Film Festival.

Most Popular Francisco Rabal Trailers

Total trailers found: 126

It Can Be Done, Amigo Trailer (1972)

31 March 1972

An outspoken boy and a gunfighter-pimp save a drifter's life from hanging. The boy's uncle dies, leaving a house and some dry, useless land to the boy.

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! Trailer (1989)

12 December 1989

Recently released from a mental hospital, Ricky ties up Marina, a film star he once had sex with and keeps her hostage.

Belle de Jour Trailer (1967)

24 May 1967

Beautiful young housewife Séverine Serizy cannot reconcile her masochistic fantasies with her everyday life alongside dutiful husband Pierre.

Dagon Trailer (2001)

12 October 2001

A boating accident off the coast of Spain sends Paul and his girlfriend Barbara to the decrepit fishing village of Imboca.

Sorcerer Trailer (1977)

24 June 1977

Four exiled international criminals on the run hide out in a remote Nicaraguan village whose economy is dependent on an oil company.

Goya in Bordeaux Trailer (1999)

04 September 1999

Francisco Goya (1746-1828), deaf and ill, lives the last years of his life in voluntary exile in Bordeaux, a Liberal protesting the oppressive rule of Ferdinand VII.

Nightmare City Trailer (1980)

11 December 1980

An airplane exposed to radiation lands, and blood drinking zombies emerge armed with knives, guns and teeth! They go on a rampage slicing, dicing, and biting their way across the Italian countryside.

Little Miracles Trailer (1997)

04 September 1997

Rosalía is a cashier at a supermarket. She lives alone, loves reading fairy tales and hides in a magic fantasy world in order to survive living in the real one.

L'Eclisse Trailer (1962)

12 April 1962

A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed because of the man's materialistic nature.

Hotel Fear Trailer (1977)

01 January 1977

A young girl and her mother run a hotel during the war. When the mother dies, the girl finds herself at the mercy of her sex-crazed guests.

The Witches Trailer (1967)

22 February 1967

Five short stories loosely dealing with the roles of women in society. A superstar actress travels to a mountain resort, only to evoke jealousy from women and lust from men.

The Desert of the Tartars Trailer (1976)

01 January 1976

As his first assignment, lieutenant Drogo is sent to an isolated fortress on the borders of a desert and of a range of high mountains.

Our Father Trailer (1985)

05 February 1985

The story of a Spanish Cardinal who is told he only has one more year to live. He decides to return to his hometown, after an absence of 30 years, to sort out his affairs.

El palomo cojo Trailer (1995)

06 October 1995

C.I.A. Secret Story Trailer (1975)

21 August 1975

Faccia di spia tries to tell the story of the CIA and other government intelligence agencies with lots of re-creations and dramatizations and points out some of the more brutal aspects of the intelligence community from around the world.

The Beehive Trailer (1982)

11 October 1982

As in the novel of the same title from Camilo Jose Cela, "La Colmena" is a sad composition with the stories of many people in the Madrid of 1942, just the postwar of the spanish civil war.

Viridiana Trailer (1961)

19 May 1961

Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior.

Stay as You Are Trailer (1978)

14 September 1978

A May-December romance. Roué Giulio Marengo, a Roman landscape architect unhappy in his marriage, meets Francesca, a young and beautiful Florentine, and then learns she might be his daughter.

Camorra (A Story of Streets, Women and Crime) Trailer (1986)

24 January 1986

Rabal is a blind, elderly leader of the Camorra whose son ends up dead as he attempts to rape Molina.

Airbag Trailer (1997)

20 June 1997

Mommy's boy Juantxo is engaged. Dragged to the party by his friends Konradin and Paco, he loses his expensive wedding ring inside the body of a prostitute.

Death of a Cyclist Trailer (1955)

08 May 1955

A couple having an affair strike a bicyclist with their car and do not offer aid out of fear of their relationship being exposed.

The Nun Trailer (1966)

31 December 1966

In eighteenth-century France a girl (Suzanne Simonin) is forced against her will to take vows as a nun.

The Challenges Trailer (1969)

19 September 1969

Los desafíos presents three separate stories that are linked by an American presence in Spain in the 1960s, with Dean Selmier playing the role of the American male in all three.

The Blue Panther Trailer (1965)

25 August 1965

Marie-Chantal travels by train to her cousin's place to spend a winter holiday, when a stranger - apparently a fugitive from someone aboard - entrusts her with a jewel in the shape of a tiger with ruby eyes.

Barroco Trailer (1989)

10 October 1989

A series of images, music and sounds which transport through Mexico's history, without any narrative sequence.

On Earth as It Is in Heaven Trailer (1995)

13 November 1995

Matacanes dies and goes to heaven just to discover that it was not as he expected, and everyone there is revolutionized lately.

Blanca's Weddings Trailer (1975)

17 November 1975

A divorced woman is abandoned by her betrothed on the eve of her second marriage, and resigns herself to a humdrum life with her first husband.

Currito de la Cruz Trailer (1965)

01 July 1965

The rivalry between the old bullfighter Manolo Carmona and young Romerita it takes to seduce Rocio, the Carmona's daughter, and elope with her.

Hay un camino a la derecha Trailer (1953)

28 October 1953

Upon arrival in Barcelona, Miguel is fired from his job as a sailor and the financial problems which he will face from that moment will gradually introduce him into the world of crime.

Le soldat Laforêt Trailer (1974)

01 May 1974

Speed Driver Trailer (1980)

04 December 1980

Rudi is forced into racing for a kingpin drug dealer, but after the murder of his brother he swears revenge.

Simón Bolívar Trailer (1969)

12 September 1969

Simon Bolivar is the true-life story of the leader of the 1817 Venezuelan revolution.

I Was a Parish Priest Trailer (1953)

30 September 1953

A young priest encounters major problems in the diocese where he must preach the word of the Lord, ms

The Reunion Trailer (1963)

01 January 1963

Eagles Over London Trailer (1969)

20 September 1969

The British High Command finds itself in the thick of a huge dilemma when it is realized that they have long been infiltrated by spies from a German intelligence group.

Dormir y ligar: todo es empezar Trailer (1974)

01 January 1974

Little Bird Trailer (1997)

31 August 1997

Manu travels to Murcia to spend the summer with their grandparents because their parents are getting divorced.

Tiempo de silencio Trailer (1986)

13 March 1986

Pedro Martín, a young and ambitious doctor, is studying the effect of cancerous cells on mice, but he has run out of mice in his laboratory, since they do not breed there, and he has no funds to purchase more of these expensive laboratory animals from the United States.

Nazarin Trailer (1958)

05 September 1958

Nazarín is the priest who leaves his order and decides to go on a pilgrimage. As he goes along subsisting on alms, he shelters a prostitute wanted by the police for murder.

Cervantes Trailer (1967)

02 November 1967

No overview found.

Exorcism's Daughter Trailer (1972)

22 May 1972

Tania, an asylum patient, is under the doctor's care while suffering raging behavioral effects that follow the death of her exorcised mother.

Talk of Angels Trailer (1998)

30 October 1998

This is the story of a young Irish woman who comes to Spain to escape from the pressures she feels about her impending marriage to a political activist in Ireland.

Metralleta 'Stein' Trailer (1975)

27 January 1975

The parallel stories of a police commissioner and a bank robber whose lives eventually come together.

La grande strada azzurra Trailer (1957)

22 November 1957

Squarciò, a fisherman, lives with his family on a small island off the Dalmatian coast of Italy. Like his fellow villagers, Squarciò struggles against harsh living conditions, a scarcity of fish in nearby waters and exploitation by the local wholesaler.

La peccatrice Trailer (1975)

20 July 1975

The Witching Hour Trailer (1985)

04 November 1985

When a group of gangsters sets out to retrieve a stolen gem, they run into some of the fiercest and most bloodthirsty minions hell has to throw at them, including demons, zombies and witches, all intent on stopping them by any means possible.

Mathias Sandorf Trailer (1963)

04 November 1963

Scent of a Crime Trailer (1988)

21 October 1988

La storia Trailer (1986)

02 January 1986

Directed by Luigi Comencini.

The Rebel Trailer (1980)

01 January 1980

"Poliziotti solitudine e rabbia" or "Ein Mann namens Venedig" (A Man called Venice), as it was called in Germany, is an Italian-German crime drama co-production from 1979, filmed mainly in the snowy winter of bleak West-Berlin.

Marbella Trailer (1985)

13 October 1985

Comedy thriller directed by Miguel Hermoso.

L'homme qui a perdu son ombre Trailer (1992)

25 January 1992

All Is Possible In Granada Trailer (1954)

01 January 1954

Following meetings between Spain and the United States a delegation of a mining company arrives to Granada in search of uranium.

Under Siege Trailer (1980)

08 August 1980

A band of thugs belonging to an organized crime family assaults several casinos at the same time creating death and panic in their wake.

The Revolution on Two Horses Trailer (2002)

25 April 2002

It's the dawn of April 25, 1974, when Marco, a 25-year old Italian and his Portuguese friend Victor leave Paris on a yellow Citroen 2CV.

Counselor at Crime Trailer (1973)

30 August 1973

When the godson of San Francisco's crime lord asks permission to leave "the business," Don Antonio agrees, but reluctantly.

La gran mentira Trailer (1956)

01 April 1956

A new Spanish film has been released and, as in recent years, Cesar Neira (Francisco Rabal) does not perform on it.

I Am the Law Trailer (1977)

23 September 1977

The mafia has overrun a section of the country so ruinously that a very stern man (Giuliano Gemma) has been sent by the government to be the governor in that region.

Noche de verano Trailer (1962)

01 March 1962

"Jorge Grau's first feature film, shot in glorious black and white in 1962, this Spanish-Italian coproduction is in many ways related to Antonioni's "La Notte".

Whom God Forgives Trailer (1957)

05 May 1957

Set in rural South of Spain in the 19th century, tells the story of group of outlaws, from very different origins, trying to survive, hiding from the law enforcement officers in caves in a hilly area, and their struggle against the evil mining company that exploits the poor people of their home village.