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Balas & Bolinhos (2001)

A group of friends meet and combine a robbery from a gasoline station.

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Luis Ismael

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Luis Ismael
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jorge Neto ... Rato
Luis Ismael ... Tone
J.D. Duarte J.D. Duarte ... Quim Culatra
João Pires João Pires ... Bino
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Storyline

When Tone (Luis Ismael) completes his 5 year sentence in jail and gets out, he finds his friends and partners in crime living misery lives. He eventually regroups everyone and prepares a new heist he was planning on the time he served in jail: robbing a gas station where the money of the city's other stations is gathered. Written by João Oliveira

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Country:

Portugal

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

23 February 2001 (Portugal) See more »

Filming Locations:

Paredes, Tâmega, Portugal See more »

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Budget:

€1,500 (estimated)
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AACV See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Rato arrives for the meeting with a suitcase of beer and codfish cakes. He places the suitcase on the table with a beer can. In the next shot does not have the beer can. See more »

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Followed by Balas & Bolinhos - O Regresso (2004) See more »

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Bad but worthwhile
29 April 2015 | by ruimslSee all my reviews

This movie is a true expression of amateur filmography that we can see in every aspect of the picture.

From the actors that are all amateurs, to the technical staff which are well intentioned persons that curiously ended up making a movie.

The script is basic, and exploits the Portuguese stereotypes of the small time burglars, in a gang of four, with narrow minded plans taken to the extreme.

The story of a disbanded gang of four intriguing characters, that when their leader gets out of jail after a 5 year stretch, comes up with a brilliant plan, that will take them all to retire in Brasil, by robbing a gas station.

This fab four gang is made of a drug dealer – Rato, an unemployed guy that liked to steal from his boss – Culatra, a drunk and dope-head – Bino, and the leader of the pack, the man with all the solutions – Tone.

This is a relatively bad movie with poor quality but is worth seeing because it represents the willpower of a group of guys that really wanted to make a movie, with very little means.

It is another great example of "where there's a will there's a way".

Good on you guys. We need people like them in the Portuguese movies.


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