Pueblo chico, infierno grande
|Pueblo chico, infierno grande|
|Created by||Javier Ruán|
|Written by||Javier Ruán
|Directed by||Benjamín Cann|
|Theme music composer||Juan Carlos Calderón|
|Opening theme||Pena de amor y muerte by Verónica Castro|
|Country of origin||Mexico|
|No. of episodes||150|
|Executive producer(s)||José Alberto Castro|
Televisa San Ángel
Mexico City, Mexico
|Running time||21-22 minutes|
|Original network||Canal de las Estrellas|
|Picture format||480i SDTV|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||January 6 – August 1, 1997|
|Preceded by||Te sigo amando (21:00)/(22:00)|
|Followed by||La jaula de oro (21:00)
Salud, dinero y amor (22:00)
Pueblo chico, infierno grande (English title: Small town, big hell) is a Mexican telenovela produced by José Alberto Castro for Televisa in 1997. Pueblo chico, infierno grande is a historical telenovela set in the Pre-Mexican Revolution period. It also aired on Univision in the United States. Televisa has released an abridged DVD version of the novela in several countries.
On January 6, 1997, Canal de las Estrellas started broadcasting Pueblo chico, infierno grande weekdays at 10:00pm, replacing Te sigo amando. The last episode was broadcast on August 1, 1997 with La jaula de oro replacing it the following day.
The story takes place in Nahuatzen, a small town in the Sierra Purépecha in Michoacán, Mexico, early 1900. The young girl Leonarda Ruán (Aracely Arámbula), is the youngest daughter of the venerable Don Prisciliano Ruan (Enrique Rocha).
The day of the feast of the town's patron saint, Saint Louis of France, Leonarda discovers her feelings for Hermilo Jaimes (Kuno Becker), a poor boy who works in a grocery store. But that afternoon, the old Don Rosendo Equigua (Jorge Russek) the richest man in Nahuatzen, sets his eyes on the girl.
Don Prisciliano disapproves of the love between Leonarda and Hermilo, and yields the girl's hand to Rosendo. That same afternoon, a girl named Magdalena Beltran (Evangelina Sosa), falls for a young man nicknamed "El Batan" (Jose Maria Yazpik). Her mother, Inmaculada (Socorro Bonilla), is surprised that she feels lust for "El Batan".
Leonarda is forced to marry Rosendo. Hermilo leaves town, but swears he will one day be very strong and return for her. Meanwhile, Magdalena discovers her mother in bed with "El Batan". She wanders the streets and falls into perdition in the whorehouse from "La Tapanca" (Lilia Aragón).
A few months after her marriage with Leonarda, Rosendo dies. At 16 years, Leonarda is a widow and Nahuatzen's richest woman, but she vows to wait for Hermilo.... 20 years go by, and Leonarda (Verónica Castro), returns from a long trip through Europe. On her return, while hanging around her properties she meets a handsome 20 year old young man named Genaro (Juan Soler).
Genaro and Leonarda feel a strong attraction for each other, and Leonarda let's him work on her farm. Throughout the town, women feel fascination for Genaro's striking resemblance with St. Louis. Some of the girls are Indalecia (Mónika Sánchez), an evil Indian, Leonarda's servant and Braulia Felicitas (Karyme Lozano), a rich girl from the region. But Genaro only has eyes for Leonarda, and both end up confessing their love.
The whole town is shocked by their relationship. Genaro is 20 years younger than Leonarda and could be her son. Meanwhile, Magdalena (Alma Delfina) now calls herself "La Beltraneja" and leads the whorehouse of "La Tapanca". One night when Genaro and Leonarda argue, he visits the home of La Beltraneja, and drunk, asks her to marry him, sparking an obsession in the woman.
The evil Sheriff of Nahuatzen, Consejo Serratos (Salvador Sánchez), loves Leonarda and despises Genaro. The situation is further complicated when Hermilo Jaimes (Guillermo Capetillo) returns now a rich gentleman. However Leonarda reluctantly confesses Hermilo her new feelings. He decides to wait.
Leonarda refuses to marry Genaro because she is sterile and can never bear children. The Puritan Leonarda's sisters, Cleotilde (Anna Silvetti), Eloísa (Olivia Bucio) and Jovita (Silvia Manríquez), are the main judges. Characters like the Father Arceo (Luis Gimeno), the healer Martina "La Perra" (Patricia Reyes Spíndola) the Nanny Maclovia (Angelina Peláez), Don Arcadio (José Carlos Ruiz) and Miss Gildarda (Beatriz Cecilia) are your only allies.
The bomb exploded when La Beltraneja finds the love of Genaro and Leonarda, and jealousy and crazy looking apart. Braulia and Indalecia adds to the loving quintet. Leonarda will have to endure the calumnies of the people and fight for her love for Genaro.
A love story of Leonarda and Genaro and his associates already mentioned, adds the stories of other villagers: The sisters Porfiria and Rutila Cumbios (Rosa Maria Bianchi and Ana Bertha Espín), Miss Gildard Zavala and her mother Mrs. Hipolita (Alicia Montoya), the Leonarda's sisters, and Leonarda's nephews, Priscilla (Ana de la Reguera) and Baldo (Germán Gutiérrez), who are in love despite being first cousins, A Little town, is now a Big hell...
- Enrique Rocha as Don Prisciliano Ruán
- Jorge Russek as Don Rosendo Equigua
- Aracely Arámbula as Leonarda Ruán
- Kuno Becker as Hermilo Jaimes
- Evangelina Sosa as Magdalena Beltrán "La Beltraneja"
- Jose María Yazpik as Sebastián Paleo "El Batán"
- Martha Aura as Mercedes
- Aarón Hernán as Don Felipe Tovar
- Arcelia Ramírez as Ignacia La Rentería de Ruán
- Susana Zabaleta as Medarda Zavala
- Alejandro Tomassi as Malfavón Heredia
- Lourdes Munguía as Altagracia "La Cheraneca"
- Socorro Bonilla as Inmaculada de Beltrán
- Joana Brito as Vittoria de Zamora
- Manuel Guízar as Eduardo La Rentería
- Tere López-Tarín as Dra. Josefina Talavera
- Mario Iván Martínez as Stefano Onchi
- Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez as Olinca
- Roberto Sen as Elio Maldonado
- Mauricio Castillo as Fernando Urbina
- Adriana Fonseca as Jovita Ruán
- Cristina Alatorre as Eloísa Ruán
- Manola Diéz as Cleotilde Ruán
- Alec Von Bargen as Malfavón
- Rodrigo Oviedo as Baldomero Irepán
- Victor Gonzalez as Gumaro Amezcua
- Héctor Cruz as Dr. Tanis
- Fernando Torre Lapham as Mr. Bishop
- Marco Bacuzzi as Bodyguard
- Alicia del Lago as Midwife
- Fernanda Franco as Oralia
- Jorge Ortiz de Pinedo as Librado
- Verónica Castro as Leonarda Ruán Vda. de Equigua
- Juan Soler as Genaro Onchi
- Guillermo Capetillo as Hermilo Jaimez
- Alma Delfina as Magdalena Beltrán "La Beltraneja"
- Salvador Sánchez as Consejo Serratos
- Mónika Sánchez as Indalecia Navas
- Karyme Lozano as Braulia Felícitas María de la Salud Serna
- Jorge Martínez de Hoyos as Don Chuchi Ríos
- Alicia Montoya as Doña Hipólita de Zavala
- Jose Carlos Ruíz as Arcadio Zamora
- Patricia Reyes Spíndola as Martina "La Perra Zorra"
- Angelina Peláez as Maclovia
- Luis Gimeno as Father Arceo
- Lilia Aragón as La Tapanca
- Anna Silvetti as Cleotilde Ruán Vda. de Morales
- Rosa María Bianchi as Porfiria Cumbios
- Ana Bertha Espín as Rutila Cumbios
- Ana de la Reguera as Priscilla Amezcua Ruán
- Germán Gutiérrez as Baldomero "Baldo" Irepán Ruán Jr.
- Olivia Bucio as Eloísa Ruán de Amezcua
- Silvia Manríquez as Jovita Ruán de Irepán
- Oscar Traven as Gumaro Amezcua
- Juan Ignacio Aranda as Baldomero Irepán
- Luis Xavier as Antonio Serna
- Orlando Miguel as Palemón Morales (father and son)
- Beatriz Cecilia as Professor Gildarda Zavala
- Montserrat Ontiveros as Melitona de Serna
- Adalberto Parra as Guadalupe Tiburcio
- Teo Tapia as Dr. Estanislao "Tanis" Allende
- Evangelina Martínez as Saturnina
- Lourdes Deschamps as Cayetana
- Eduardo Rivera as Gildardo Heredia Zavala
- Julio Bracho as Práxedes
- Marisol del Olmo as Leocadia
- Renato Bartilotti as Gamaliel
- Baltazar Oviedo as Librado
- Adriana Lavat as Dora Luz
- Fernando Robles as Ambrosio
- Gerardo Albarrán as Sebastián Paleo El Batán
- Alejandro Villeli as Tereso
- Lucía Paillés as Pascuala
- Antonio Muñiz as Silverio
- Mercedes Gironella as Plácida
- Gabriel Mijares as Fanno
- Mariana Brito as Milagros
- Lourdes Jáuregui as Aureliana "Nelly"
- Melba Luna as Simona
|1998||16th TVyNovelas Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Alma Delfina||Won|
|Best Art Direction||Arturo Flores|
|Best Decor||Sandra Cortés|
|Best Original Story or Adaptation||Javier Ruán|
- Inspired in the true story of Leonarda Ruán, aunt of the writer Javier Ruán.
- The role of "La Beltraneja" was originally for Lucía Méndez, but she moves to TV Azteca.
- This was the last lead role of Verónica Castro in a Telenovela
- "Pueblo chico, infierno grande" (in Spanish). alma-latina.net. Archived from the original on September 11, 2011. Retrieved April 1, 2016.