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Ladrón que roba a ladrón (2007)

Two former thieves reunite to rob the biggest thief they know -- Moctesuma Valdez, a TV infomercial guru who's made millions selling worthless health products to poor Latino immigrants. When none of their affiliates want to go undercover as day laborers to pull off the heist, the two men turn to the real thing for help.

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Miguel Varoni ...
Emilio Lopez
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Moctesuma 'Mocte' Valdez
Ivonne Montero ...
Rafaela
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Rafa
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Anival Cano
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Gloria
JoJo Henrickson ...
Julio Miranda
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Veronica Valdez
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Primitivo
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Booth Guard
Eduardo Antonio Garcia ...
Sergio, Mocte's Bodyguard
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Coyote
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Building Guard #1
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Emilio, a Colombian con man, arrives in LA with two weeks to complete his plan to rob a former colleague, Claudio Silvestrini, who's made a fortune using infomercials to peddle snake oil to Latin immigrants. Emilio's friend Alejandro, who sells pirated DVDs, has assembled a team of amateurs, who, as Alejandro says, will go unnoticed because they're immigrants. The team must gain entry to Silvestrini's well-guarded mansion, steal two keys to access a vault, and then get the money off the property. A father and his tomboy daughter, a nervous Cuban actor, a techie, and a muscle man make up the team, plus Alejandro has been courting Silvestrini's nanny. Will they be enough? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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31 August 2007 (USA)  »

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Bandoleros  »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,032,967 (USA) (31 August 2007)

Gross:

$4,002,313 (USA) (12 October 2007)
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Not being telenovela viewers, the English-speaking crew were unfamiliar with the superstar status of the various actors and were often confused by the mobs of Spanish-speaking housewives encroaching upon the set on a daily basis. See more »

Goofs

In the office scene, the three round discs on the desk change position several times without being touched - all pointed forward, all pointed sideways and two sideways with one forward. See more »

Quotes

Rafaela: [Talking About Wear a dress] You called for do a Car Job, Not for go to the fucking Latin Grammys.
Miguelito: [Walking To Rafaela] Hey, Do you know someone in Latin Grammys?
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Ladron Que Roba a Ladron—An International Hispanic Movie:
31 January 2016 | by (Pasto, Colombia) – See all my reviews

LADRON was released in August 2007, just before the U.S. economy hit a gigantic speed bump in 2008… If you're over 18, I'm sure you remember what the next couple years were like, right? Well, I remember watching promos for the film some years back and how people involved with the film said, "It was produced in Miami…The Capital of Latin America!" Strange…Since the big recession, really haven't heard that phrase tossed about anymore! To counter that, however, as an L.A. ex-pat, it sure looks as though a lot of the filming was done in the Hollywood Hills…But IMDb said there was no INFO on filming locations, so I can't really be sure!

If you look at the actors and the people involved in making LADRON, it is a sort of an International Hispanic "Who's Who!" In the Director's chair, we have Joe Menendez, born in NYC, Cuban-American; His life-partner, Roni Eguia Menendez is credited as #1 Producer, there is no background on his specific ethnicity, but the surname Eguia seems to be of Basque origin; The principal leads are: Fernando Colunga, born in Mexico City; Miguel Varoni, although born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was raised in Colombia and most people consider him as such; Saul Lisazo is from Argentina, but has lived in Spain and now in Mexico City; Gabriel Soto, from Mexico City; Julie Gonzalo was born in Buenos Aires, but has lived in Miami since she was 8; Sonya Smith, of Telenovela Fame, born in Philly, she is Venezuelan-American.

Most of the rest of the cast seem to be of Hispanic origin, but born in the USA! LADRON is done in a style that is quite tongue in cheek. I'd say almost a little too much so at times, making for a rather Cavalier experience for cast and crew, who seem to be having a lot of fun making the film! Does this insider merriment translate into viewer enjoyment? In general, yes, but not always. In any case, I think the vast majority of people will find it breezy, fun and enjoyable! Just under $7 Million Gross for most movies released in the U.S. would be considered dismal…Yet, LADRON is the highest grossing film produced and released in Spanish EVER in the U.S.! Well, at least until 2008…I can't be sure about after that.

Yes, the film is in Spanish…Well, at least about 98% of the dialog is in Spanish. Would a non-Spanish speaker enjoy the movie as much? The answer to that has to be "NO", of course, but that doesn't mean that it isn't worth seeing just because you don't speak Spanish. In fact, if you are interested in the dynamics of cultural differences, you might find the interaction of Hispanics from many different countries within the U.S. to be rather interesting and amusing. How well done are the subtitles in English? Since I never pay much attention to them, I'm not really sure…But I did notice there did not SEEM to be much in the way of gaps where there were no on screen subtitles! Sorry, but that's about the only help I can provide in that area!

ENJOY!/DISFRUTELA!

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


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