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Swindled (2004)

Incautos (original title)
In a flashback, Ernesto, a young con man, tells us how he got to the edge of a big score: childhood in an orphanage, youthful smash-and-grab burglaries until his partner is caught, then ... See full summary »

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Miguel Bardem
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernesto Alterio ... Ernesto
Victoria Abril ... Pilar
Federico Luppi ... Federico
Manuel Alexandre ... Manco
Gilbert Melki ... Mellado
Alejandro Casaseca ... Gitano
Manuel Morón ... Orozco
Jesús Castejón
Alfredo Villa ... Rafael
Roman Luknár
Juan Meseguer
Christopher de Andrés Christopher de Andrés ... Luís Onieva
Marta Nebot Marta Nebot
Antonio Gutti Antonio Gutti
Lucina Gil Lucina Gil
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In a flashback, Ernesto, a young con man, tells us how he got to the edge of a big score: childhood in an orphanage, youthful smash-and-grab burglaries until his partner is caught, then tutelage from Lefty, an aging swindler. After some years of success, they're joined by Federico, the best, a true artist. Things go well until Pilar, a woman from Federico's past, re-enters his life with a proposal to con a golden goose - a swindle that will put them all on easy street. A double-cross may be in the cards. The flashback over, can Ernesto hold his own in the present? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Finally Bardem makes a decent work...
17 June 2006 | by rainking_esSee all my reviews

So far Miguel Bardem's career it's been one of the more dreadful of recent Spanish cinema. He's made nothing but rubbish... until now. "Incautos" has been quite a surprise: it's a serious film, with rhythm, with a great cast and very entertaining.

The art of robbing, that's what "Incautos" is about. A film much alike to David Mamet's "House of game" and stuff like that. A thousand of twists in the script, and a story where nothing's like it seems.

The weak points in latest Bardem's movie may be the so-American language, that makes some of the characters look rather unnatural (especially Victoria Abril's. She's a hell of an actress, but in "incautos" she looks a little bit forced). Ernesto Alterio is not that bad, but he's not half as good actor as his father... And what to say about Luppi?? Well, he's the MAN.

In short: a good movie. The best that Miguel Bardem has ever made. I hope this is the beginning of a brand new stage in his career.

*My rate: 7/10


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9 July 2004 (Spain) See more »

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$1,310,045
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