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Nine Queens (2000)

Nueve reinas (original title)
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Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens").

Director:

Fabián Bielinsky (as Fabian Bielinsky)

Writer:

Fabián Bielinsky (as Fabian Bielinsky)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricardo Darín ... Marcos
Gastón Pauls ... Juan
Leticia Brédice ... Valeria
María Mercedes Villagra María Mercedes Villagra ... Convenience Store Employee 2
Gabo Correa Gabo Correa ... Convenience Store Manager (as Gabriel Correa)
Pochi Ducasse Pochi Ducasse ... Aunt
Luis Armesto Luis Armesto ... Bar Waiter
Ernesto Arias Ernesto Arias ... Bar Manager
Amancay Espíndola Amancay Espíndola ... Woman in Elevator
Isaac Fajm Isaac Fajm ... Vendor
Jorge Noya Jorge Noya ... Aníbal
Graciela Tenenbaum Graciela Tenenbaum ... Convenience Store Employee
Oscar Nuñez Oscar Nuñez ... Sandler
Ignasi Abadal Ignasi Abadal ... Vidal Gandolfo
Carlos Lanari Carlos Lanari ... Man on Cell Phone
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Storyline

Early one morning, Marcos observes Juan successfully pulling off a bill-changing scam on a cashier, and then getting caught as he attempts to pull the same trick on the next shift. Marcos steps in, claiming to be a policeman, and drags Juan out of the store. Once they are back on the street, Marcos reveals himself to be a fellow swindler with a game of much higher stakes in mind, and he invites Juan to be his partner in crime. A once-in-a-lifetime scheme seemingly falls into their laps - an old-time con man enlists them to sell a forged set of extremely valuable rare stamps, The Nine Queens. The tricky negotiations that ensue bring into the picture a cast of suspicious characters, including Marcos' sister Valeria, their younger brother Federico and a slew of thieves, conmen and pickpockets. As the deceptions mount, it becomes more and more difficult to figure out who is conning whom. Written by Farsante

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

31 August 2000 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Nine Queens See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,724, 21 April 2002

Gross USA:

$1,221,261
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

About 10 minutes into the movie, when Juan and Marcos are ringing doorbells, a maintenance guy comes out of the building sweeping the floor. While you can hear the sweeping, the broom never really touches the ground. See more »

Quotes

Marcos: Can't you see the way she swings her ass? There are no saints.
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Connections

Referenced in Versus: Episode dated 28 May 2000 (2000) See more »

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Il Ballo del Mattone
by Rita Pavone (1976)
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Engaging, well-paced thriller.
11 June 2004 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

To tell you the truth, I was a little wary of this movie at the beginning, because the minor scams the characters were pulling off seemed kind of lame, but as the story progressed and the stakes got higher and higher, it became an engaging, clever, well-paced and well-acted heist thriller. It certainly has the requisite number of twists and turns to please any fan of the genre. At the end, the 114 minutes had passed like a breeze, and that's one of the sure signs of a good movie. (***)


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