Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Not technically a movie, Antonio and the Mayor originated as a 90-minute CBS TV special. Set in rural Mexico in the 1920s, the play stars Diego Gonzales as Antonio, a 10-year-old boy of limited education who happens to be a whiz at all things mechanical. Gonzales dearly covets a bicycle so that he may pedal the distance to school. But the bike belongs to ineffectual mayor Gregory Sierra who, angered that he can't make it work to his satisfaction, tosses the vehicle into a deep ravine. Marvelously photographed and extremely well acted, Antonio and the Mayor debuted on January 7, 1975.
conflict, cycling, ego, emotional-problems, small-town, mayor