The Magnificent Beast

La bestia magnífica (Lucha libre) ("The Magnificent Beast (Wrestling)") is a 1953 Mexican film directed by Chano Urueta. It tells the story of two good friends who become wrestlers to leave poverty behind, but the arrival of an ambitious woman will tragically change their destiny.

The Magnificent Beast
Directed byChano Urueta
Produced byFidel Pizarro
Written byChano Urueta (screenplay), Neftalí Beltrán (screen story)
StarringMiroslava, Crox Alvarado, Wolf Ruvinskis, José Elías Moreno, Irma Dorantes, Miguel Manzano
Music byJosé de la Vega
CinematographyAgustín Jiménez
Edited byJorge Bustos
Distributed byPelículas Nacionales
Release date
22 May 1953 (México)
Running time
128 minutes

Director Urueta was so enthusiastic about the project that he filmed three fights in their entirety, and the final cut came to 128 minutes, which was very unusual in the Mexican film industry. The production is regarded as the film that started the genre of "wrestling movies", which became immensely popular in Mexico for many decades.

José Elías Moreno won the Ariel Award for Best Supporting Actor and Jorge Bustos for Best Film Editing.


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