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The Hold-Up (2001)
"El palo" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  4 May 2001 (Spain)
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Lola's a single mom, broke, working as a janitor and maid. Silvia is pregnant, and her lover (her boss) won't leave his wife. Maite, newly a widow, discovers she's penniless but wants to ... See full summary »

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Lola
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Violeta "Pecholata"
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Silvia
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Maite
Juan Gea ...
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Jaime Pujol ...
Gustavo
Joaquín Climent ...
Enrique
Antònia Martínez ...
Abuela
Alejandro Sigüenza ...
Daniel
Omar Muñoz ...
Felipe
Pep Guinyol ...
Cajero
Francisco Casares ...
Inspectór Policía (as Paco Casares)
Chelo Vivares ...
Monja
Diana Palazón ...
Luisa
Lina Mira ...
Vanessa
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Lola's a single mom, broke, working as a janitor and maid. Silvia is pregnant, and her lover (her boss) won't leave his wife. Maite, newly a widow, discovers she's penniless but wants to maintain appearances and give her daughter a fancy wedding, and Pecholata, a punk kid living in a youth center, will soon be turned out on the streets. Lola, who cleans a bank every morning, decides to rob it, convincing the others to join her: they'll use replica guns, dress as men, take Silvia hostage, and all will be smooth. But things go awry, including the fact that Lola's ex, Gustavo, is a cop. Desperation may be the mother of invention - and a corrupt bank manager its father. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Classy entertainment with a dollop of seventies ideology.
14 May 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The women's movement catches up with Spanish movies belatedly with this accomplished 'scope caper comedy. Compare the also female oriented "Nosotros." . Four variously oppressed females band together to do a bank job which keeps on going wrong. The separated cop husband's pistol getting switched with the toy replica is a particularly nice touch.

The usually elegant Verdu gives the impression of enjoying being transformed into a ditsy, pregnant hairdresser but each of the leads gets a great innings. The men are all caricatures.

The big screen vista shots of suburban sprawl punctuate the action nicely. The technical work is as good as anything we see and underlines the excellence of new Spanish entertainment movies.


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