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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").

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gastón Pauls ...
Juan
Leticia Brédice ...
María Mercedes Villagra ...
Convenience Store Employee 2
Gabriel Correa ...
Convenience Store Manager
Pochi Ducasse ...
Aunt
Luis Armesto ...
Bar Waiter
Ernesto Arias ...
Amancay Espíndola ...
Woman in Elevator
Isaac Fajm ...
Vendor
Jorge Noya ...
Aníbal
Graciela Tenenbaum ...
Convenience Store Employee
Oscar Nuñez ...
Sandler
Ignasi Abadal ...
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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stamp | partner | con artist | scam | hotel | See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 August 2000 (Argentina)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£49,438 (UK) (12 July 2002)

Gross:

$1,221,261 (USA) (4 October 2002)
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Trivia

The song Juan refers to several times during the film is Rita Pavone's 1976 hit "Il Ballo del Mattone" from the LP "Come te non c'è nessuno", written by Eduardo Verde and Bruno Canfora. As for the film in which the song is supposed to be in, no reference is found but, by correlating dates it could only be "Due sul pianerottolo (1975)" See more »

Quotes

Marcos: Can't you see the way she swings her ass? There are no saints.
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Il Ballo del Mattone
by Rita Pavone (1976)
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Scams and con artists in modern day Buenos Aires
13 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best whodunit's in years! The acting is great, and cleverly staged. Each individual adds more and more complexity to the storyline such that you can't discount whether or not they're crucial to the plot. The plot unweaves slowly, but evenly, adding layer on layer of innuendo, suggestion, twists, and turns that catch you off guard. No one character, or actor for that matter, overtakes any of the others. I don't think you'll get this consistency, unless Mamet directs. The downtown realism of Buenos Aires only adds to the story. It's not a shoot location we're used to seeing, and the novel setting creates an odd contrast to what we've seen come out of modern Europe. The action is well-paced, with a steady guessing, and wondering-what's-gonna-happen-next pace. I highly recommend seeing this movie before, and if, a US version is released.


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