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La Pastorela (Spanish Language Version) [VHS] (1991)

Linda Ronstadt , Paul Rodriguez , Luis Valdez  |  Unrated |  VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Linda Ronstadt, Paul Rodriguez, Robert Beltran, Karla Montana, Anahuac Valdez
  • Directors: Luis Valdez
  • Writers: Luis Valdez
  • Producers: Karen J. McCabe, Kimberly Myers, Phil Esparza, Richard D. Soto, Zach Staenberg
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Rabbit Ears
  • VHS Release Date: August 11, 1993
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000G086
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,346 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh you angels from on high! January 26, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is a great movie. It's a fine Christmas movie, but it's just a great movie for any time. Where I come from, this story is called "Los Pastores." It's a lovely Hispano Christmas tradition--it goes with Posadas--where the whole town goes house to house with Mary & Joseph searching for a room at the inn--and in my part of the world folks have old handwritten scripts in endless archaic Spanish. It's funny, bawdy, and it used to be put on yearly in my town.
But no one is willing to memorize the enormous scripts any more. Kids don't want to rehearse three times a week for a month before Christmas. So lots of people have never seen Los Pastores, or even heard of it.
La Pastorela is Los Pastores with the best folks imaginable for every part. This is the story of a bunch of shepherds who go off looking for the baby Jesus. They get drunk. They get lost. Linda Ronstadt as the Archangel (I think it's Michael) helps them along. They encounter the devil with all his stinky minions.
I am still searching for my copy of this movie (I did finally locate one for a friend) and I haven't seen it in a few years, so this isn't a very specific review. But it's a truly great movie, for hispano-Americans or folks who enjoy them.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Christmas Movie we NEED on DVD/Blu-Ray! December 19, 2009
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
The owners of this movie must be out there somewhere, and have a potential treasure on their hands...this movie is so special and so unique and has such a powerful Christmas message...I can't believe it has vanished.

You have a ready made audience for a special DVD release with just a little advertising... You have Linda Rondstat, Cheech Marin, and other well known actors you can promote, including the dude from that show my wife watches :-)

Anyway, I can't believe I have to put up with my faded and crappy home taped copy of this great movie. Get a move on and release this on DVD!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Well-Kept Secret: La Pastorela December 12, 2008
Format:VHS Tape
This classic Mexican Nativity play has it all ~ great singing, clever writing, darling kids, classic religous Nativity scenes, the conquering of eternal darkness by the Light of Christ, battles with he-who-must-not-be-named (the BIG Diablo)and Father Guido Sarducci of SNL fame.

Our ancient VHS tape which is like 17 years old barely plays any more and the quality is crud.

I would love to have a DVD of this Christmas classic. Amazon, are you listening? MOre people would LOVE this if it was available. It also features some of the very best singing in any movie ever, the solo of the actor who plays Lucifer and Linda Ronstadt's amazing vocals are especially awesome. The music itself is gorgeous.

DVD-it, please!!

Deborah J. Yost
Lincoln NE
12 December, 2008
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
If you search for this title on Amazon you will find the VHS version from 1992 bringing high prices for used copies. You will also find 11 reviews - nearly all 5 stars - asking why there is no DVD release. Well, thanks to Bob Baird, head of VCI Entertainment it is now available in a beautiful print. And at a reasonable price.

Originally shown on PBS as part of "Great Performances" (the list of "funders" is included at beginning and end), the 78 minute film captures a performance by El Teatro Campesino filmed in San Juan Bautisto of this modern, "hip", parable of "The Shepherd's Tale" as written and directed by playwright Luis Valdez ("La Bamba", "Zoot Suit"). The "name cast" includes Linda Ronstadt (who has only a few lines and her "acting" is weak), (Don Novello (doing his Farther Guido Sarducci shtick and having even less screen time than Ronstadt) along with Cheech Marin and Freddy Fender in small roles. But the rest of the cast can act. I use the word "hip" her because there's a rock band, some very funny puns (the three Wise Me are called "Wise Guys" and one has a harem and a rock group!). There are some special effects (credit given to George Lucas' Industrial Sound and Light) that look low tech but work.

I won't go into the plot and other details here because reviews like that of fellow reviewer Erik North (for the VHS tape) go into a lot of helpful detail. I will say that that it looks like something Mel Brooks would have written and directed - if Brooks was Mexican and Christian..

There is a notice at the beginning that the film was "restored in 2012 by VCI". Having not seen the VHS tape I can't say how much difference there is but the DVD looks great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Nativity Story Through Hispanic Eyes December 29, 2011
Format:VHS Tape
We all know the countless tellings of the Nativity and the birth of Jesus that have been done for film and TV throughout time immemorial, including such big screen and big budget opuses as John Huston's THE BIBLE, and George Stevens' THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD. In the main, however, not only have most of them been fairly solemn (obviously, given the subject matter), but most of them have also been done from a fairly Anglo-centric point of view. Then in 1991, writer/director Luis Valdez (of ZOOT SUIT and LA BAMBA fame), in league with the El Teatro Campesino of San Juan Bautista in central California, bought to the forefront, via PBS-TV, the Hispanic depiction in LA PASTORELA, known as THE SHEPHERD'S TALE.

The essence of the story is that a young Mexican-American girl named Gila (Karla Montana, who was in the 1988 film STAND AND DELIVER), somewhat dismayed by her family's excessive want of Christmas gifts and such, while watching a performance of the Shepherd's Tale, is knocked out in a freak accident; and in the dream she has, she and a group of Mexican peasants are led to the manger in Bethlehem by the archangel San Miguel (played by Mexican-American country-rock icon Linda Ronstadt). Along the way, of course, they are confronted by minions from the underworld, including a devil played by comedian Paul Rodriguez; and in the final sequence, Linda must take on the fallen angel Lucifer, portrayed with savage dash by Robert Beltran.

Given that Hispanic tellings of the Nativity are not easy to come by in a popular and still largely Anglo culture, it would be easy to call LA PASTORELA a masterpiece and be done with it. Due to certain limitations imposed on it, I can't go quite that far.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars La Pastorela - A Shepherd's Tale at last!
This is a fabulous Christmas film! I own it on VHS, but of course that is not satisfactory. I had it converted to DVD with an equally unsatisfactory outcome. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars La Pastorela
This should be a Holiday Classic. I have seen some pastorela productions and this tops them all. I highly recommend it.
Published 4 months ago by Benja Haberlein
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay!!!!
How delightful to find that this wonderful, hilarious, goofy-yet-sweet Christmas story is finally available in DVD! Read more
Published 7 months ago by RRE
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Very well done. It should become a "Christmas Classic" for both Spanish-speakers and English-speakers. Very much worth sharing with others.
Published 7 months ago by Patrick Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories
My sister and I watched this as children and I was so excited to find it again. Watched it again and laughed just like we were kids.
Published 8 months ago by BriAnne
5.0 out of 5 stars Family favorite
When I finally saw this listed, I didn't hesitate to order it. Memories of this are also memories of my young family, and watching this with my children on public television. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Presbyteros
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Mexican Christmas Tale
I'm so glad this finally came out on DVD! I used to watch it on PBS as a kid, but hadn't seen it in years... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Otherwise Okay
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it and its funny
old movie but love it. Watched it since I was a kid =) I recommend it . its not like a new movie but its funny
Published 10 months ago by Nancy Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusal(and really good) Christmas Movie
I saw this film on P.B.S. several years ago and loved it. As far as I know, it waas never re-broadcast. Read more
Published 10 months ago by jackrush
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie brign back so many memories
we use to see this movie with family in thje old days we wanted to show the new generation how fun this movie is and it was the kids love the whole famile sat and have fun... Read more
Published 10 months ago by chisme4
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