The Rocket from Calabuch

Calabuch (US title: The Rocket From Calabuch) is a 1956 comedy film directed by Luis García Berlanga.

Spanish film poster
Directed byLuis García Berlanga
Written byLeonardo Martín
Florentino Soria
Luis García Berlanga
Ennio Flaiano
StarringEdmund Gwenn
Valentina Cortese
Franco Fabrizi
José Isbert
Manuel Alexandre
Music byGuido Guerrini
CinematographyFrancisco Sempere
Edited byPepita Orduna
Release date
  • 1 October 1956 (1956-10-01)
Running time
93 minutes


Calabuch is a little village in the coast of Spain. There arrives Dr. George Hamilton (Edmund Gwenn), a scientist expert in rockets who is tired of his job.

Hamilton decides to help people of Calabuch in a fireworks competition. He wins and his photo appears in the local newspaper and then NASA and the army find him.[1]

Production background

This Spanish-Italian co-production was filmed in Peniscola, Castellón, and features an international cast led by British-American actor Edmund Gwenn in his last film role, and Italians Valentina Cortese and Franco Fabrizi. Berlanga won the OCIC Award at the Venice Film Festival.


  1. Cartel, ficha y sinopsis en Aula Matemá
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