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Ladrón que roba a ladrón -- LADRÓN QUE ROBA A LADRÓN follows two crack thieves, Emilio and Alejandro, who 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.


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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Fernando Colunga ... Alejandro Toledo
Miguel Varoni ... Emilio Lopez

Saúl Lisazo ... Moctesuma 'Mocte' Valdez
Ivonne Montero ... Rafaela

Oscar Torre ... Miguelito

Ruben Garfias ... Rafa

Gabriel Soto ... Anival Cano

Julie Gonzalo ... Gloria
JoJo Henrickson ... Julio Miranda

Sonya Smith ... Veronica Valdez

Richard Azurdia ... Primitivo

Jon Molerio ... Booth Guard

Eduardo Antonio Garcia ... Sergio, Mocte's Bodyguard

Art Bonilla ... Coyote

Rick Najera ... Building Guard #1

Lidia Pires ... Blanca

Roberto Medina ... Chava

Silvia Curiel ... Maria
Elan Garfias ... Claudito

James C. Leary ... Building Manager (as James Charles Leary)

Manolo Travieso ... Dr. Antonio Panaco

Ross Gibby ... Detective
James M. McNamara ... Father O'Malley

Jossara Jinaro ... Reporter
Pedro Pano ... Testimonial #1

Minerva García ... Testimonial #2

Iglesias Estefania ... Hot Babe #1

Jonathon Downs ... Upscale Party Guest
Chase McKenna ... Hot Babe #2

Robert Arevalo ... Mayor's Bodyguard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nick Rey Angelus ... Striking Worker
George Boyd ... Catarino

Tim Camarillo ... Valet
Galo Make Canote ... Protestor

Rico Devereaux ... Businessman
Roberto Flores ... Pelocine

Jennie Floyd ... Party Goer

J. Teddy Garces ... Building Guard #2

Rob Macie ... Immigrant

Joe Menendez ... Camera Guy

Charyse Monet ... Upscale Party Guest (as C-Sharp)
Lauren Montes ... Protestor - Striker

Daniel Edward Mora ... Alfonso Galan (scenes deleted)
Rosalinda Morales ... Overweight Woman
Eve Muller ... La Doña Catarino
Joe Orrego ... Vault Guard #2

Paul Renteria ... Vault Guard #1

Robyn Sheridan ... Party guest
Gary Stella ... Man in Pelocine commercial
Ray Torres ... Unkempt Man
Jenny Vidaurri

Directed by
Joe Menendez 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
JoJo Henrickson 

Produced by
Roni Eguia Menendez .... producer
James M. McNamara .... producer
Ben Odell .... producer
Joseph Ruzer .... producer
Meta Valentic .... co-producer
Original Music by
Andrés Levin 
Cinematography by
Adam Silver 
Film Editing by
Joe Menendez 
Casting by
Rosalinda Morales 
Michelle Moran 
Production Design by
Christopher Tandon 
Art Direction by
Adam Mull 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Fischer 
Costume Design by
Elaine Montalvo 
Makeup Department
Elvia Romero .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Roni Eguia Menendez .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jenny Nolan .... second assistant director
Gary Stella .... first assistant director
Art Department
Laura Diamond .... property master
Katie L. Fetting .... graphic designer
Michael Francisco .... assistant property master
Sasha Freedman .... assistant art director
Gerard Marin .... lead man
Sound Department
Mauricio Castañeda .... foley artist
Mauricio Castañeda .... foley supervisor
Mick Davies .... boom operator
Daniel Heusser .... foley recordist
Martin Seltzer .... sound editor
Douglas Tourtelot .... sound mixer
Stacey A. Washer .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Ismael Cabrera .... visual effects supervisor
Nicolás Ibieta .... visual effects
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunt double: Fernando Colunga
Toby Holguin .... stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Robert Bradshaw Bennett .... electrician
Ryan Bradley .... key grip
Richard Brush .... best boy grip
Ryan Copeland .... electrician
Ryan Copeland .... second assistant camera
Ryan Copeland .... set lighting technician
Halsey D. Corbin .... electrician (as Halsey D. 'Pigpen' Corbin)
Jonathan Cushing .... set lighting technician
Brian D'Haem .... electrician
Jorge Devotto .... second assistant camera
Mikey Jechort .... first assistant camera
Erwin Landau .... Steadicam operator
Lincoln Lewis .... additional gaffer
David McGrory .... gaffer
Zac Miller .... grip
Adam Peabody .... best boy electric
Joe Roach .... grip
Fulton Singleton .... dolly grip
Austin Lee Smoak .... film loader
Chris Updegrave .... grip
Animation Department
Nicolas Baquero .... animator
Nicolas Baquero .... animator: end credits
Casting Department
Mv Casting .... co-casting director
Ruby Greene .... casting assistant
Carmen Guzman .... casting assistant
Alejandra Jimenez .... casting assistant
Javier Mendoza .... casting assistant
Eileen Moran .... casting assistant
Emilie Moran .... casting assistant
Veronica Ruiz Razcon .... casting assistant
Hector Zavaleta .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jesse Anderson .... set costumer
Music Department
Tricia Holloway .... music supervisor
Keith Robinson .... composer: additional music
Keith Robinson .... music editor
Jed Smith .... additional music services
Zachary Gibson Smith .... additional music services (as Zack Smith the Blacksmith)
Carl Thiel .... music recordist
Transportation Department
Bob Cope .... transportation
Robert Cope .... transportation
William Cope .... transportation coordinator
Tim Fagan .... transportation
Cody Herpin .... transportation
Ted Mayer .... transportation
Other crew
Kieron Estrada .... location scout
Yaniv Fituci .... production assistant
Mauro Flores .... production assistant
Ismael Jimenez .... talent coordinator
Rob Macie .... dialogue coach
Krocky Meshkin .... production assistant
Humberto Meza .... production assistant
Andy Schlachtenhaufen .... production assistant
Tammy Thomas .... production assistant
Alicia Zaragoza .... production coordinator
Katie L. Fetting .... special thanks
Chris Schlerf .... special thanks
Michael D. Thomson .... special thanks

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USA:98 min
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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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Rafaela:[after reject to tailor] Why should I Have To Wear a Dress?
Alejandro Toledo:'Cause no one of us could fit in it
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Character driven caper film exceeds expectation, 8 February 2008
Author: sep1051 from Montreal, Canada

I don't believe that I need to recap the plot of this movie since other commentators have done so quite clearly. However I would like to expand on three aspects of the film: the casting, comparable movies, and the technical credits.

I'm an Anglo and came across the movie by accident on As such I was totally unfamiliar with the cast of this movie, most of whom appear to have extensive credits in Hispanic television series. When an actor delivers a good performance you can credit the actor. When all the actors fit their roles you have to credit the casting. Saul Lisazo, as the putative villain Moctesuma Valdez, was impressive. Both of the gang leaders, Miquel Varoni as Emilio Lopez and Fernando Colunga as Alejandro Toledo, were in character. While the latter was billed first, I assume he's better known for his television work, I would say the former was more of a standout in this film. Ruben Garfias was expressive as car jockey Rafa and Ivonne Montero was very dynamic as his motor-head daughter Rafaela. Gabriel Soto brought some charm to the usually thankless role of caper muscle man. Julie Gonzalo was attractive in the role of the nanny Gloria but Sonya Smith had little to do as Mrs. Valdez (apparently she was more actively involved in a sub-plot which was cut from the movies to reduce run time). Oscar Torres as Miguelito, a would be actor, and Jon Molerio as a security guard provide standout comedy relief. Only the computer "nerd" role of Julio Miranda was surprisingly under written given that it was played by JoJo Henrickson, the author of the screen play. It is relatively seldom that all major roles in a film are well cast. It is a high compliment when I say it makes me want to go out and look at the other work of these performers.

Commentators have compared this film to Ocean's Eleven (1960/2001) or the The Sting (1973) in terms of where it was derived from and the style of the caper. I don't know who made the first caper film, with people coming together to stage a heist, but I know it definitively precedes Ocean's Eleven (1960). Without even pausing I can think of Jules Dassin's Rafifi (1955), Stanley Kubrick's The Killing (1956) or John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle (1950). In terms of style I think we must remember that this film was apparently made on a budget of US$900,000 over twenty days. Its simply not going to have the high-technology caper of a big budget Ocean's Eleven (2001). The complexity of the caper is more like that of 1960's television series Mission Impossible or Man From U.N.C.L.E. However the director and writer of this film wisely choose to concentrate on character and social commentary rather than complexity of the caper. This fits better within both the budget and the concept of invisible immigrants staging a caper. Part of the emotional satisfaction with the ending is the social commentary embedded within it.

Technical credits are normally taken for granted but deserve comment in this case. The camera work is particularly impressive, with use of continuous takes as the camera moves amongst the participants in the scene. This style binds the characters together and creates both realism and a sense of activity. I was also impressed with some of the framing of the shots, with the main characters bookending the background events. I don't think I've ever commented on subtitles in a movie. Inevitably one senses that the subtitles you are reading are a poor reflection of what's said in the original language. In this case the English subtitles, I presume by the screen writer JoJo Henrickson, are fluid and fully convey the emotions on the screen. The catchy soundtrack also adds to the professionalism of the credits.

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