Nicotina (2003)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  20 August 2004 (USA)
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A real-time dark comedy about a science geek who tangles with a clutch of Russian gangsters after he delivers them the wrong computer disk.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucas Crespi ...
Martha Tenorio ...
Eulogia (as Marta Tenorio)
Rafael Inclán ...
Andrea (as Marta Beláustegui)
Eugenio Montessoro ...
Carmen Madrid ...
Alexis Sánchez ...
Jorge Zárate ...
Enoc Leaño ...


"Nicotina," is a crime caper set in Mexico City about a simple exchange that goes awry, causing the lives of nine unsuspecting characters to explode in one tumultuous night over a fortune in diamonds. Diego Luna stars as computer hacker Lolo, who is infatuated with his neighbor Andrea and catalogs her every move via high-tech peeping devices. Lolo teams with amateur criminals Tomson and his younger counterpart Nene in a deal with a Russian mobster that involves the exchange of diamonds for computer access to Swiss bank accounts. But the deal goes terribly wrong after Lolo's attempts to spoil Andrea's romantic trysts spiral out of control. Down the street, the irritable pharmacist Beto and his fed-up wife Clara get inadvertently entangled in the exchange, along with the humble barber Goyo and his domineering other half Carmen. Infected with diamond lust, these characters become obsessed with the intoxicating possibility of an easy life and their greed quickly transforms into fiery ... Written by Arenas Group

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Release Date:

20 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Никотин  »

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$446,768 (USA) (20 August 2004)


$800,371 (USA) (27 August 2004)

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Perfrect Example of the Transformation Mexican Cinema Has Undergone In the Past 25 Years!
25 October 2013 | by (Pasto, Colombia) – See all my reviews

........................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA...and ORLANDO, FL

Equal parts Tarantinoesque film noir, Greek tragedy plus sociocultural satire, Nicontina makes for a rousingly entertaining 90 minutes. Populated by a rather oddly colorful assortment of characters whose lives, in one way or another, revolve around cigarettes or attempting to curtail their use. Thusly, "Nicotina" is a passive cast member.

What really makes this work is the quality of the ensemble performance and the uncanny sense of timing of both director (Argentine Hugo Rodriguez-Producer/The Violin) and editor (Alberto de Toro). Diego Luna (Y Tu Mama Tambien) delivers an Oscar nomination worthy performance as the Uber-creepy obsessive voyeur criminal nerd next door. With a Classic flair noir twist, Lolo(Luna)learns a painful Karmic lesson on the nefarious repercussions of his techno-voyeurism. 8.5*...ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!!!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!

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