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Bad Day to Go Fishing -- Jacob van Oppen - formerly "the strongest man on earth," now a washed-up alcoholic - and his crafty manager, Orsini, make good money staging bogus wrestling matches in small South American towns. When this oddball duo arrives in the unassuming village of Santa Maria, business really takes off: the local newspaper sponsors the fight, and the quiet hamlet becomes plastered with posters announcing an open challenge to a worthy adversary. The ever-resourceful Orsini is sure he can find the right opponent to throw the fight, but fishing in Santa Maria yields a bigger catch than he'd hoped for.


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Release Date:
31 July 2009 (Uruguay) See more »
Jacob van Oppen, the former strongest man on earth, and his manager Orsini, who calls himself "the Prince"... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Gary Piquer ... Orsini

Jouko Ahola ... Jacob van Oppen

Antonella Costa ... Adriana

César Troncoso ... Heber
Roberto Pankow ... Turco
Bruno Aldecosea ... Grey
Alfonso Tort ... Ronco
Cristian Casañol ... Ronnie
Jorge Temponi ... Jorge
Jenny Goldstein ... Jessica
Enrique Vidal ... Locutor
Rogelio Gracia ... Herminio
Luis Lage ... Rius
Ignacio Cawen ... Fernandez
Isaac Wainberg ... Abuelo
Ruth Brechner ... Abuela
Amanda Espinosa ... S.ra Lima
Lucía Fernández ... Boletera

Directed by
Álvaro Brechner 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Álvaro Brechner 
Juan Carlos Onetti  short story
Gary Piquer 

Produced by
Juan Manuel Arreseigor .... assistant executive producer
Adolfo Blanco .... executive producer
Adolfo Blanco .... producer
Álvaro Brechner .... producer
Tomás Cimadevilla .... producer
Beatriz Delgado .... associate producer
Virginia Hinze .... producer
Gary Piquer .... producer
Diego Robino .... associate producer
Original Music by
Mikel Salas 
Cinematography by
Álvaro Gutiérrez 
Film Editing by
Teresa Font 
Art Direction by
Gustavo Ramírez 
Costume Design by
Alejandra Rosasco 
Makeup Department
Estela Vallegra .... makeup artist
Production Management
Noelia Burlé .... assistant unit manager
Mauro Fernandez .... assistant unit manager
Laura Gutman .... unit production manager
Victoria Machó .... assistant unit manager
Pablo Ramírez .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sol Canil .... trainee assistant director
Sergio De León .... first assistant director
Matias Estévez .... third assistant director
Diego Ferrando Mazzotti .... second assistant director
Art Department
Rafael Allende .... props
Alonso Banales .... construction coordinator
Daniela Calcagno .... art assistant
Carolina de La Vega .... second assistant
Ignacio Gambin .... third assistant props
Mariana Pereyra .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Pedro Barbadillo .... assistant sound editor
Álex F. Capilla .... foley artist
Fabián Oliver .... sound recordist
Alvaro Rivero .... boom operator
Nacho Royo-Villanova .... foley mixer
Nacho Royo-Villanova .... sound editor
Nacho Royo-Villanova .... sound re-recording mixer
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
Visual Effects by
Ramón Cervera .... digital compositor: nuke
Ramón Daza .... digital compositor: nuke
Daniel de Madrid .... digital compositor: nuke
Blas Galera .... digital conform editor
Isidro Jiménez .... digital effects supervisor
Juan Manuel Nogales .... main title design
Telson S.L. .... digital post production & effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Quique Alvarez .... gaffer
Pablo Berti .... first assistant camera
Denny Brechner .... video assistant
Carlos Catalan .... camera operator (as Carlos Catalán)
Carlos Catalan .... cinematographer: second unit (as Carlos Catalán)
Erika Levy .... second assistant camera
Paul Luzardo .... electrician
Sebastian Monetti .... electrician
Alejandro Noya .... grip
Diego Zalduondo .... second assistant camera: second unit
Casting Department
Ricardo Padula .... casting: Miami
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adriana Levin .... wardrobe assistant
Valentina Rodriguez Amado .... wardrobe assistant
Johana Silveira .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
María Platas Alonso .... post-production coordinator
Isabel Cano .... post-production coordinator
Enrique Jiménez .... colorist
Fran Lorite .... color grading operator
Nuria López .... post-production coordinator
María José Martín .... post-production director
Renato Sanjuán .... assistant editor
Silvia Torralba .... post-production coordinator
Other crew
Fabiana Lujambio .... continuity
Anouk Ogueta .... making-of director
Claire Viroulaud .... press attache

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mal día para pescar" - Uruguay (original title)
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110 min | France:100 min | Argentina:100 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »

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Uruguay's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2010.See more »
Jacob van Oppen:We're both drunks, but only one of us will be drinking tonight.See more »
Daisy BellSee more »


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2 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Best Spanish-speaking movie I've ever seen (okay, with some English), 9 December 2011
Author: eightie from New Jersey

If you like Hemmingway or Mark Twain, you'll love this movie. This is the story of a washed-out champ (with Hemmingway it is usually a bullfighter, here it is a wrestler) who's way past his prime and just doesn't know when to quit. But he is not so over the hill that he can't be used by someone -- in this case a con man calling himself Prince Orsini. Orsini takes the pathetic (think washing in public fountains and wailing loudly in churches) ex-athlete on a tour of South America. They go from town to town where Orsini offers a $1,000 reward to anyone who could last 3 minutes in the ring with the champ. Then he normally bribes the local strongman to accept the challenge and throw the fight (and of course charges everyone in town for admittance).

But in the town of Santa Maria, the duo lucks out: the local strongman turns out to be not only very strong, but also very honest: he won't accept a bribe. Orsini, afraid of losing both the reward money and his champ to boot, leaves no stone unturned in an attempt to get out of the fight. I won't give away the ending, but it very well done -- one of the best, most satisfying endings in any movie I've ever seen. In all, this is a masterpiece with many comedy moments and an excellent character development. You don't have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy (I'm not), and you won't be able to help reflecting on the fact that all of us will one day be past our prime.

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