The Rocket from Calabuch (1956)


The Rocket from Calabuch (1956)
Calabuch (original title)

Professor Jorge Serra Hamilton, an American atomic-bomb specialist, flees from his transcendental duties to take shelter incognito in Calabuch, a small, idyllic Spanish village on the Mediterranean shores. Oblivious to their guest's eminence, local residents spend their time engaged in their modest daily chores. The affable Professor Hamilton not only integrates perfectly into the small town, forging deep friendships with his neighbors, but he might also be finding the happiness he craves.
IMDb   7.4 /10
TheMovieDb    7.6 /10
FilmAffinity   7.5 /10
Director Luis García Berlanga
Writer Leonardo Martín
Writer Florentino Soria
Writer Ennio Flaiano
Writer Luis García Berlanga
Release Date1956-09-28
Runtime1h 33min
Content Rating
Awards6 wins & 1 nomination.
CompanyÁguila Films, Films Costellazione
CountrySpain, Italy
Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
Prof. Jorge Serra Hamilton
Eloisa, the Schoolmistress
Langosta (as Franco Fabrizzi)
Don Félix, the Priest
Nicolás D. Perchicot
Nicolás D. Perchicot
Andrés (as Nicolás Perchicot)
Mario Berriatúa
Mario Berriatúa
Francisco Bernal
Francisco Bernal
María Vico
María Vico
Teresa (as Maruja Vico)
Isa Ferreiro
Isa Ferreiro
Manuel Guitián
Manuel Guitián
Don Leonardo
Casimiro Hurtado
Casimiro Hurtado
Vicente (as Manuel Alejandre)
Manolo García
Manolo García
Felipe (as Lolo García)

The Rocket from Calabuch

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


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.

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.

External links

  • Calabuch at IMDb