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Nine Queens (2000)

Nueve reinas (original title)
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Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens").

Director:

Fabián Bielinsky (as Fabian Bielinsky)

Writer:

Fabián Bielinsky (as Fabian Bielinsky)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gastón Pauls ... Juan
Ricardo Darín ... Marcos
Graciela Tenenbaum Graciela Tenenbaum ... Convenience Store Employee
María Mercedes Villagra María Mercedes Villagra ... Convenience Store Employee 2
Gabo Correa Gabo Correa ... Convenience Store Manager (as Gabriel Correa)
Pochi Ducasse Pochi Ducasse ... Aunt
Luis Armesto Luis Armesto ... Bar Waiter
Ernesto Arias Ernesto Arias ... Bar Manager
Amancay Espíndola Amancay Espíndola ... Woman in Elevator
Isaac Fajm Isaac Fajm ... Vendor
Jorge Noya Jorge Noya ... Aníbal
Leticia Brédice ... Valeria (as Leticia Brédice)
Oscar Nuñez Oscar Nuñez ... Sandler
Ignasi Abadal Ignasi Abadal ... Vidal Gandolfo
Carlos Lanari Carlos Lanari ... Man on Cell Phone
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Storyline

Early one morning, Marcos observes Juan successfully pulling off a bill-changing scam on a cashier, and then getting caught as he attempts to pull the same trick on the next shift. Marcos steps in, claiming to be a policeman, and drags Juan out of the store. Once they are back on the street, Marcos reveals himself to be a fellow swindler with a game of much higher stakes in mind, and he invites Juan to be his partner in crime. A once-in-a-lifetime scheme seemingly falls into their laps - an old-time con man enlists them to sell a forged set of extremely valuable rare stamps, The Nine Queens. The tricky negotiations that ensue bring into the picture a cast of suspicious characters, including Marcos' sister Valeria, their younger brother Federico and a slew of thieves, conmen and pickpockets. As the deceptions mount, it becomes more and more difficult to figure out who is conning whom. Written by Farsante

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The song Juan refers to several times during the film is Rita Pavone's 1976 hit "Il Ballo del Mattone" from the LP "Come te non c'è nessuno", written by Eduardo Verde and Bruno Canfora. As for the film in which the song is supposed to be in, no reference is found but, by correlating dates it could only be "Due sul pianerottolo (1975)" See more »

Goofs

About 10 minutes into the movie, when Juan and Marcos are ringing doorbells, a maintenance guy comes out of the building sweeping the floor. While you can hear the sweeping, the broom never really touches the ground. See more »

Quotes

Marcos: And you have another asset that'll make your life easier. Something money can't buy. You look like a nice guy.
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Connections

Referenced in Caiga quien caiga - CQC: Episode #16.26 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Il Ballo del Mattone
(1976)
Written by Dino Verde (as Verde, Eduardo) and Bruno Canfora (as Canfora, Bruno)
Performed by Rita Pavone
Edited by Curci Edizioni
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Scams and con artists in modern day Buenos Aires
13 April 2006 | by ennis-n-jackSee all my reviews

This is one of the best whodunit's in years! The acting is great, and cleverly staged. Each individual adds more and more complexity to the storyline such that you can't discount whether or not they're crucial to the plot. The plot unweaves slowly, but evenly, adding layer on layer of innuendo, suggestion, twists, and turns that catch you off guard. No one character, or actor for that matter, overtakes any of the others. I don't think you'll get this consistency, unless Mamet directs. The downtown realism of Buenos Aires only adds to the story. It's not a shoot location we're used to seeing, and the novel setting creates an odd contrast to what we've seen come out of modern Europe. The action is well-paced, with a steady guessing, and wondering-what's-gonna-happen-next pace. I highly recommend seeing this movie before, and if, a US version is released.


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Details

Country:

Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

31 August 2000 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,724, 21 April 2002

Gross USA:

$1,222,889

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,413,888
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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