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Burnt Money (2000) More at IMDbPro »Plata quemada (original title)

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Burnt Money -- A sexy, intense crime thriller about a group of violent bank robbers, two of whom are gay lovers known in criminal circles as "The Twins."
Burnt Money -- Nene & Angel and their accomplice Cuervo participate in a botched bank robbery in 1965 Buenos Aires, then hide out from the police in Uruguay while the gang breaks down.

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11 May 2000 (Argentina) See more »
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Basada en una historia real que durante 35 años se mantuvo en secreto See more »
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Nene & Angel and their accomplice Cuervo participate in a botched bank robbery in 1965 Buenos Aires, then hide out from the police in Uruguay while the gang breaks down. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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5 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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The Artist Wins Only One European Film Award; Michel Piccoli Gets Impromptu Lifetime Achievement Award
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First and Last, Far Away
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Explosive thriller burns up the screen! See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Leonardo Sbaraglia ... El Nene

Eduardo Noriega ... Ángel / Narrator
Pablo Echarri ... El Cuervo
Leticia Brédice ... Giselle
Ricardo Bartis ... Fontana

Dolores Fonzi ... Vivi
Carlos Roffé ... Nando
Daniel Valenzuela ... Tabaré
Héctor Alterio ... Losardo
Claudio Rissi ... Relator
Luis Ziembrowski ... Florian Barrios
Harry Havilio ... Carlos Tulian
Roberto Vallejos ... Parisi
Adriana Varela ... Cantante Cabaret
Ángel Alves ... Prostituta 3 Parque de Diversiones
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juan Barrueco ... Guitarrista Cabaret
Walter Berrutti ... Chófer (Losardo)
César Bringas ... Policía 1 Palier
Carlos Buono ... Bandoneonista Cabaret
José Luis Calcagno ... Policía 1 Comisaría
Nela Calo ... Anciana Anticuario
Noelia Campo ... Chica Joven Parador
Karina Caporale ... Prostituta 2 Pasillo
Víctor Hugo Carrizo ... Sospechoso 1 Comisaría
Rolando Chaile ... Policía 2 Departamento 10
Eduardo Coacci ... Capitán Lanchón
Gabriel Correa ... Policía 1 Allanamiento
Ricardo Couto ... Policía 1 Calle 3
Fernando Dianessi ... Hombre Cine
Alberto Dik ... Oficial de Policía
León Dogodny ... Borracho 1 Pasillo
Fito Dorin ... Policía 2 Pasillo
Alejandro Duncan ... Policía 1 Pasillo
Natacha Desirée Durán ... Gitana Parque de Diversiones
Gabriel Emanuelli ... Policía 3 Palier
Darío Fernández ... Detective 1 Comisaría
Carlos Fitipaldi ... Policía Patrullero
Marcelo Frasca ... Policía 3 E.F.
Jenny Galvan ... Mujer Parque de Diversiones
Daniel García ... Policía 2 Comisaría
Silvia Geijo ... Elsa
Hugo Giachino ... Mozo Estación
Alfredo Giardina ... Policía Mayor
Jenny Goldstein ... Prostituta 1 Parque de Diversiones
Miguel Gracilazo ... Policía 2 Palier
Sergio Hasselman ... Policía 4 Departamento 10
Federico Kuzmic ... Policía 4 Palier
Joaquín Machado ... Chico Joven Parador
Juan Carlos Maida ... Policía 2 Ika
Horacio Marassi ... Chófer Ika
Edgar Mendi ... Hombre Molesto
Eduardo Miglionico ... Guardaespaldas
Gabriel Molinelli ... Policía Comisaría
Gustavo Monje ... Policía Joven
Rafael Morales ... Policía 1 Ika
Jesús Olguín ... Niño Diarero
Miguel Oliveira ... Sospechoso 2
Rubén Olivera ... Cliente Parque de Diversiones
Marcos Padua ... Policía 2 E.F.
Eduardo Peaguda ... Homosexual Baño Público
Ruben Polimeni ... Sospechoso 3
María Helena Pérez ... Prostituta 2 Parque de Diversiones
Marcelo Ricci ... Chongo 1 Parque de Diversiones
Carlos Romero ... Policía 3 Departamento 10
Rafael Salzano ... Borracho 2
Darío Sellanes ... Joven Parque de Diversiones
Roberto Suárez ... Presentador
Susana Varela ... Prostituta 1 Pasillo
Juan Domingo Vera ... Policía Acribillado

Directed by
Marcelo Piñeyro 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marcelo Figueras 
Ricardo Piglia  novel "Plata Quemada"
Marcelo Piñeyro 

Produced by
Ana Aizenberg .... co-producer
Mariela Besuievsky .... co-producer: Spain
Diana Frey .... producer
Diego Guebel .... co-producer
Gerardo Herrero .... co-producer: Spain
Óscar Kramer .... producer
Mario Pergolini .... co-producer
José Sánchez Varela .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Osvaldo Montes 
 
Cinematography by
Alfredo Mayo 
 
Film Editing by
Juan Carlos Macías 
 
Production Design by
Belén Bernuy 
Margarita Gómez 
Noemí Nemirovsky 
 
Art Direction by
Jorge Ferrari 
Juan Mario Roust 
 
Set Decoration by
Daniel Fernandez (set construction manager)
Ugo Guzzo 
 
Costume Design by
Magalí Izaguirre 
 
Makeup Department
Beata Wojtowicz .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Patricia Colombat .... post-production supervisor
Jackie Ingberg .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ezequiel Crupnicoff .... first assistant director
Nicolás Lidijover .... second assistant director
Raúl Rodríguez Peila .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Marcela Bazzano .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Carlos Abbate .... direct sound
José Antonio Bermúdez .... sound mixing engineer
José Luis Díaz .... sound
Carlos Garrido .... sound mixing engineer
Marcelo Lago .... sound editor
James A. Puig .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Jaume Puig)
 
Special Effects by
Tom Cundom .... special effects ssupervisor
 
Stunts
Hugo Quiril .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Federico Fernández .... second assistant camera
Matías Mesa .... Steadicam operator
Gabriel Quevedo .... assistant Steadicam operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cecilia Carini .... costumes
Pilar Peredo .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Jorge Firdman .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Miguel Cohan .... assistant to director
Alejandra Dixon .... production coordinator
José Luis García Espina .... location manager
 

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Also Known As:
"Plata quemada" - Argentina (original title)
"Burning Money" - International (English title)
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Runtime:
125 min | South Korea:123 min
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Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the robbery scene, when Nene takes the cash box from the dead clerk, the corpse of the clerk is still breathing, as his beer belly is heaving.See more »
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32 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Explosive thriller burns up the screen!, 21 May 2005
Author: Libretio

BURNT MONEY (Plata Quemada)

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound format: Dolby Digital

Argentina, 1965: Following a violent robbery on an armored car, two gay lovers - rebellious rich kid Nene (Leonardo Sbaraglia) and borderline schizophrenic Ángel (Eduardo Noriega) - are forced to flee with their accomplices to Uruguay, where they take refuge in a decaying apartment building. Denied sexual favors by Ángel due to his worsening mental condition, Nene takes up with a sympathetic prostitute (Leticia Brédice), leading to jealousy, betrayal and tragedy...

Based on true events recounted in a non-fiction novel by Argentinian writer/critic Ricardo Piglia, and directed by former producer Marcelo Piñeyro (THE OFFICIAL STORY), BURNT MONEY is a masterpiece. Photographed with noirish intensity by Alfredo Mayo (HIGH HEELS) and underscored by an ironic soundtrack of lazy jazz and contemporary English/Spanish pop songs, the narrative is driven by powerful emotions which explode at regular intervals in outpourings of explicit sex and violence. The sacred and profane are interlinked in various ways (one extraordinary sequence cross-cuts between an act of worship in a Uruguayan church and an unpleasant encounter between Nene and a frightened youth in a public toilet), and the sweaty atmosphere is broken only by an explosive climax where the main protagonists are forced to take responsibility for their actions. Former TV actor Pablo Echarri ("Chiquititas", "El Signo", etc.) plays a younger, headstrong member of the outlaw gang, blinded by youthful arrogance to the danger in which they have all become enmeshed, while Brédice (NINE QUEENS) plays one of the few significant female characters in this otherwise all-male scenario, a brittle creature who falls in love with the wrong guy, with appalling consequences for everyone around her.

More than anything else, however, BURNT MONEY is a love story, played to perfection by two of the finest young actors of their generation. Spanish heartthrob Noriega forged his career in popular mainstream entries such as THESIS, OPEN YOUR EYES and THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE, while Sbaraglia plied his trade alongside Piñeyro in the lower echelons of Argentinian cinema (TANGO FEROZ: LA LEYENDA DE TANGUITO, CABALLOS SALVAJES). Casting these two beautiful, experienced young men as lovers in a violent true-crime drama could not have been more fortuitous: Their devotions are rarely consummated on-screen (all of the aforementioned sex scenes are heterosexual), except for a chaste kiss at the end of the film, and an earlier, erotically-charged sequence in which Nene tends to a wound on Ángel's shoulder and initiates a sexual advance, only to be rebuffed because of Ángel's mental condition. And yet, Noriega and Sbaraglia are ultra-convincing as the macho thugs who would literally die for one another, and they invest every gesture, every inflection, with genuine romantic chemistry. These guys simply burn up the screen! Look out for the devastating sequence in which Nene 'confesses' to Brédice about his relationship with Ángel, where he describes their mutual affection with heartbreaking emotional candor.

To his credit, Piñeyro refuses to soft-pedal the dissolute nature of his central characters. But for all its dramatic fireworks and sexual tension, BURNT MONEY is a tale of steadfast devotion, as touching and beautiful as any this reviewer has ever seen. They may be thieves and murderers, but when Nene looks into Ángel's eyes, you know instinctively that their love transcends life and death, and is destined to last an eternity. Not just a great gay film, BURNT MONEY is also a terrific love story, a heartstopping thriller, and an outstanding example of popular Spanish entertainment.

(Spanish dialogue)

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