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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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20 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Probably the most unforgettable Spanish language film I've ever seen 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 »

Did You Know?

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 »
Lili MarleenSee more »


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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Probably the most unforgettable Spanish language film I've ever seen, 20 April 2011
Author: socrates99 from Champaign, IL

I was having a bad day. Rented out both Skyline and this movie, and though Skyline was not nearly as bad as rumored, I'd be much prouder to have directed Bad Day.

The two leads, Gary Piquer and Jouko Ahola, the manager and wrestler respectively, are magic together. There was no mistake making their relationship the heart and soul of this film. They essentially rode into my memory without triggering the slightest hesitation on my part.

Gary, Prince Orsini, is a bit of a huckster though it's clear he's had some breeding. Jouko as the champion, Jacob van Oppen, is everything he should be, physically and emotionally. He's a massively muscled German, I think, whose best days are behind him. There's a world of humanity in his eyes though his life is being severely circumscribed by his handler and his quickly fading youth.

They go town to town challenging the local toughs for a prize they don't even have. They're barely scraping by. And then they visit Santa Maria, where the local tough, The Turk, is no push over. His betrothed is desperate for him to win enough for their wedding. Antonella Costa as The Turk's intended, Adriana, is every bit as skillful and unforgettable as the two main leads and in some ways, the whole film rests on her performance.

This is a real find which I intend to pass on to others whenever I get the chance. It's not flashy or grandiose but it nevertheless is totally affecting. I marveled at how effortlessly it was played out almost as if everyone involved were born to play their part.

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