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Bad Day to Go Fishing (2009)

Mal día para pescar (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Western | 21 August 2009 (Uruguay)
A flamboyant impresario and an ageing ex-wrestling champion arrive in a small town, offering a hefty award to the local challenger. In fact, the promoter wants to rinse the spectators for every penny. But, is this a good day to go fishing?

Director:

Álvaro Brechner

Writers:

Álvaro Brechner, Juan Carlos Onetti (short story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Piquer ... Orsini
Jouko Ahola ... Jacob van Oppen
Antonella Costa ... Adriana
César Troncoso ... Heber
Roberto Pankow Roberto Pankow ... Turco
Bruno Aldecosea Bruno Aldecosea ... Grey
Alfonso Tort Alfonso Tort ... Ronco
Cristian Casañol Cristian Casañol ... Ronnie
Jorge Temponi Jorge Temponi ... Jorge
Jenny Goldstein Jenny Goldstein ... Jessica
Enrique Vidal Enrique Vidal ... Locutor
Rogelio Gracia Rogelio Gracia ... Herminio
Luis Lage Luis Lage ... Rius
Ignacio Cawen Ignacio Cawen ... Fernandez
Isaac Wainberg Isaac Wainberg ... Abuelo
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Storyline

Jacob van Oppen, the former strongest man on earth, and his manager Orsini, who calls himself "the Prince", make a good living by traveling around small South American towns and organizing wrestling exhibitions. Arriving in Santa Maria, they are met with uncommon enthusiasm, the local newspaper wants to sponsor the fight, helping hands placard the town with posters, and an open call is made for a worthy adversary. Ever so resourceful, Orsini knows how to find the right combatant, but fishing in Santa Maria could lead to a bigger catch than he'd hoped for. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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wrestling | manager | newspaper | See All (3) »

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Comedy | Drama | Western

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Uruguay's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2010. See more »

Quotes

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.
Adriana: Why?
Orsini: The sad ceremony, young lady. Or is it that in this town you bury your men without a wake?
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Goomba Boomba
Performed by Yma Sumac
Written by Billy May
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Washed up? Maybe not.
24 December 2015 | by angelsunchainedSee all my reviews

This was an excellent and outstanding film about two seemingly washed-up and forgotten human beings. The acting is low-key, but great. A Bad Day To Go Fishing is the story of a burnt out, punch-drunk, former World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion and his equally washed-up promoter slash manager, taking on any and all opponents in challenge matches in 27 South American cities. Unknown to the brain damaged ex-champion, his manager who calls himself,Prince, has been paying off all his opponents to lose to him. Without giving away the ending, the two losers end up in an obscure South American town, where the younger, stronger, and meaner opponent refuses to lose the fight. This film is a character study of lost souls just trying to get through life day by day, by any means possible. And yet, down deep in the human spirit, sometimes,given the right situation,human beings can recapture the glory of their youth, even if it is for a brief moment in time.


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Country:

Uruguay | Spain

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

21 August 2009 (Uruguay) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$243,034
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2.35 : 1
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