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The Heist (1976)

El apando (original title)
In Mexico city, the most infamous jail "Lecumberri" three prisoners make a plan to introduce drugs.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Salvador Sánchez ...
José Carlos Ruiz ...
El Carajo
Manuel Ojeda ...
Delia Casanova ...
La Chata
Álvaro Carcaño ...
Luz Cortázar ...
madre del Carajo
Ana Ofelia Murguía ...
César Sobrevals ...
Gerardo del Castillo ...
Adriana Rojo
Tomás Pérez Turrent ...
Preso de la fajina
Max Kerlow ...
Preso del suéter amarillo
Roberto Rivero


A jail named "Lecumberri" located in Mexico city, in the most infamous prison in the country, known for the harshness of its punishments and a lack of human rights. In there, three criminals orchestrate a plan to smuggle drugs into the prison, the plan consist in using the mother of one of the prisoners as a "mule" Written by jairhcastillo

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5 August 1976 (Mexico)  »

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Celda de castigo  »

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Ana Martín was originally scheduled to play the role of Meche, but declined at the last minute because she felt really uncomfortable with the violent nature and content of the script. The role went to María Rojo, who was a fan of José Revueltas' novel. See more »

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Life in a Mexico City jail.
30 August 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie portraits life in the infamous jail of Lecumberri (now thankfully closed).

"El apando" is the name of the punishment cell where the inmates are sent when they brake the rules.

The inmates are abused, the concept of human rights is non existent.

The inmates are no heroes, they certainly are guilty of different crimes, but the movie makes the point that perhaps their greatest crime is to have been poor.

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