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Matando Cabos (2004)

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A dark, offbeat comedy about a group of Mexico City teens embroiled in a kidnapping involving a retired wrestling legend and a parrot.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier "Jaque"
Paulina Cabos
Oscar Cabos
Kristoff ...
Ruben "Mascarita"
Tony 'El Canibal'
Gabriela Cabos
Pedro Altamirano ...
Jose Angel Bichir ...
Ulises (as José Ángel Bichir)
Alejandro Galán ...
Mary Paz Mata ...


In Mexico City, the powerful and violent magnate of steel Oscar Cabos catches his daughter Paulina having sex with her boyfriend and his employee Javier "Jaque" and he works Jaque over. On the next day, Jaque pays a visit to Cabos in his office and the angry man comes with a golf club to hit Jaque again. However, Cabos accidentally trips on a golf ball, falls on the floor and faints. Jaque calls his best friend Mudo to help him, but the janitor Nacho finds his boss fainted on the floor and he steals and dresses himself with Cabos' clothes and jewels. Meanwhile, Nacho's son Botcha and his friend Nico have planned to kidnap Cabos and they are waiting for him in the parking garage. When he walks in the parking garage, the two kidnappers hit him on the back of the head, believing that he is Cabos, they cover his head with a bag. They head with the abducted man to the house of Botcha's girlfriend Lula. Meanwhile, Jaque and Mudo calls their wrestler friend Ruben "Mascarita" and his midget ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The kidnapping was the least of their problems . . . See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive violence and language, some strong sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

16 July 2004 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Killing Cabos  »

Box Office


MXN 25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$75,719 (USA) (26 August 2005)


$126,132 (USA) (2 September 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jaque (Tony Dalton) mentions to Mudo (Kristoff) "Being on TV was never my thing". Both Tony Dalton and Kristoff once starred on "No te equivoques", a Jackass-like TV show. See more »


(at around 1h 8 mins) The black car's windshield is smashed with a crowbar. When it falls off the stadium the windshield has no hole nor crowbar in it. See more »

Crazy Credits

Emilio: Gracias por prestarnos tu jardín. (Emilio: thanks for lending us your garden.) See more »


Remade as Quién mató a Bambi? (2013) See more »

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"matando cabos"...this is a very good movie, very funny......
29 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recommend this movie: "matando cabos" It's a very funny movie, you will forget your problems because you will be laughing since the movie start to the end. There are more good movies in Mexico, like "Como agua para chocolate" , Nicotina , Amores Perros"., so Mexican people are doing a good job with this movies. In my opinion, the actors are good, anyway, this kind of movies are good for distraction, laughing, and when you want to have a very good time and want to forget your own problems. The director did an excellent job with this movie, including the actors were working on it. Some American movies are boring, and they suppose to make you laugh.

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