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Bad Day to Go Fishing (2009) More at IMDbPro »Mal día para pescar (original title)

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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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 (From Slackerwood. 30 April 2010, 6:00 AM, PDT)

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Fabulous--literally--hints of fable, a deep and subtle friendship, and a colorful world...great! See more (9 total) »


  (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 »
Adriana:My boyfriend is going to fight that Champion. But first, you have to deposit the money.
Orsini:I'm sorry to tell you that there's already a Challenger.
Adriana:Why him and not my boyfriend?
Orsini:There can only be one contender.
Orsini:The sad ceremony, young lady. Or is it that in this town you bury your men without a wake?
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Fabulous--literally--hints of fable, a deep and subtle friendship, and a colorful world...great!, 19 November 2012
Author: secondtake from United States

Bad Day to Go Fishing (2009)

What a terrific movie. It's filled with a slightly improbable, likable, colorful quality you have to watch even if you don't quite care. But you do eventually care. You want these quirky main characters to somehow succeed. Even if you don't know how they can do that.

It's set in South America, but in an unanchored place called Santa Maria. (Could be anywhere, but much of the filming took place in Uruguay.) The main two characters are a pair of scam artists with good hearts and somewhat simple methods. One is an impresario with a flair for convincing people of things. The other is an aging wrestling champion from Germany (of all places--this is Uruguay, right?). And so the two of them enter this town with their usual plan.

Except that their method of having a show and winning a finale match-off with a local big man wrestler gets off track when the challenger is a seriously huge and buff young man. And he can't be bought off.

This is enough, but it hardly does justice to the huge array of really convincing and slightly exaggerated figures. There is the newspaper man, wise and quickly savvy to what's going on but willing to let it unfold on its own. There is the first challenger, who turns out to be perfect, and a drunk. There is the woman who wants to get married above all and needs the money.

There is the town itself, filled with nostalgia--it feels like it's set in 1970, maybe, with old cars and old ways, and no cell phones or modern connections that might change the feel of it all. There is the idea of a strong man and wrestler in the first place, played by a rather woeful drunk himself. And there is the impresario, played brilliantly by Gary Piquer. He holds it all together, sad and wickedly charming and seemingly intelligent. He seems to have a good heart and yet he's scamming the town. And maybe (at times) leading on his main attraction, who also is his best (and only) friend.

In fact, this becomes more and more a movie about the relationship the two traveling men have together. It takes a turn, convincing and emotionally satisfying, at the end. There are shades (in the most abstract way) of how the two leads related in "Midnight Cowboy," so that it's not the circumstances that win the day, but these two flawed and beautifully interesting people.

This movie took me by surprise. I'm not sure why it gets so many low ratings. My suggestion is to go into it without expectations, and to let the characters slowly build. And to enjoy the scenes--the set design, old cars, and general lost in time quality is great all by itself.

This is one of the best movies I've seen in awhile. Give it shot!

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