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12 Hours (2001)
"12 horas" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  2001 (Puerto Rico)
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A night in the life of a cab driver in San Juan.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Marcos Betancourt ...
Roberto
Cielomar Cuevas ...
Cristina
Michelle Deliz ...
Virginia
...
Jackeline Bom Bom
Charlie Massó ...
Abraham
Yadira Nazario ...
Liza
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Ada
Teofilo Torres ...
Antonio (as Teófilo Torres)
Rosabel del Valle ...
Kathy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patricia Alonso ...
Draga #3 - "spanish fly"
Jaime Bello ...
Gustavo
Joe Blues ...
Radio voice
Fernanda Bracho ...
Draga #1 - "fernanda"
Juan M. García ...
Policeman
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Asaltante
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Drama unfolds in 12 short hours of nightlife in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Lives intersect and run parallel under the cover of fateful darkness in this debut feature from filmmaker Raul Marchand-Sanchez. Three divorced ladies - one serious, one wild, one repressed - go out on the town and meet trouble and fun while they bond over their varied sad experiences. A teenage daughter reluctantly sets out to lose her virginity at her peers' coaxing. A handsome gigolo turns a $500 trick he'd rather forget and spends his night dodging fears with a friendly transvestite lounge singer who puts on a great show. A grandfatherly taxi driver works the overnight shift to supplement insurance that won't cover his beloved wife's Parkinson's medication, and winds up a hero in some regards. Capturing the mayhem is a frustrated entertainment reporter who gets her big break when she buys cigarettes at a convenience store and stops a robbery, while getting it all on tape. Written by Anonymous

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Just sad........
29 February 2004 | by (Puerto Rico) – See all my reviews

Its just sad how this comes out of Puertorican cinema. Its not that this is the best the film comunity can produce but this is what gets funding. Allot of great films in Puerto Rico never see the light of day due to lack of funds and lack of exposure (its incredebly hard to find movie theathers that will play them since there are only two movie theather chains on the island Carribean Cinemas and Cinevista who are only now showing lee way in letting independent films in their theathers). Not only do film makers have a hard time finding funding but even if they do they have to conform to the demands of the producers who usually come from radio station owners, tv chains or goverment funds so this usually means hirring bad actors, stupid rewrites, ect. (for example how in the middle of the film the film makers stick in the safe sex ad or the convinient name dropping of business, the anti drug ads i could go on and on)

Another factor is that many of the "good" actors in Puerto Rico are used to theather but have problems doing the crossover to television or cinema and ad to that inexperienced directors and well you have a disaster on your hands.

There is some good in this film, great camera work, some good acting (not consistant though) and there are some funny moments (although once again few) Marcos Betancourt and Michelle Deliz are the best this film has to offer.

But there is a TON of bad in the film which is not surprising over acting is probably the worst this film has to offer. Wanda Rovira is given far to many lines, Charlie Massó is given far to much time in this film and well the rest of the cast just flounders (especially the kids). Probably the best example is how in one moment we can be moved by one actors preformance (Marcos Betancour) and then have it complete thrown in the garbage by another (Yadira Nazario) The story of this film is predictable and unorigal. The screen writer gets so desperate he tries to shock us five minutes before the films ends as if he wants to cover all his bases.

The sad thing is not that this is the best Puerto Rico has to offer because its not, its that this is whats allowed out of Puerto Rico when better films never see the light of day.


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