Paco  [DVD]José Ferrer (actor)
Panchito Gómez (actor)
Format: all-region dvd (worldwide)
Runtime: 100 min
Quality: Very Good
Puerto Rican-born José Ferrer is the star of this Colombian kidpic, which proves that the Children's Film Foundation didn't have exclusive rights to the crime adventure in which eager kids lock horns with pantomimic villains.
Combining Dickensian melodrama with a somewhat romanticised view of urban street poverty, Robert Vincent O'Neil's film will seem old-fashioned to modern youngsters, in spite of a willing performance from Panchito Gómez, as the orphan who is forced to leave the family farm and head for the big city, where he discovers that his uncle is the Fagin-like brains behind a juvenile jewellery racket.