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El hombre de las mil caras (2016)

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The story of a man who fooled an entire country. A tale of cheats and impostors, taking its inspiration from true facts and from one of the most intriguing characters of recent decades: the spy Francisco Paesa.


Alberto Rodríguez


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jose Coronado ... Jesús Camoes
Eduard Fernández ... Francisco Paesa
Miquel García Borda ... Inversor 1
Santiago Molero Santiago Molero ... Inversor 2
Jimmy Shaw ... Inversor 3
Craig Stevenson ... Georges Starckman
Rafael Sandoval Rafael Sandoval ... Detective
Ramón Rados Ramón Rados ... Rafael Vera
Emilio Gutiérrez Caba ... Osorno
Mireia Portas Mireia Portas ... Gloria
Carlos Santos ... Luis Roldán
Marta Etura ... Nieves Fernández Puerto
Christian Stamm ... Hans
Enric Benavent Enric Benavent ... Casturelli
Philippe Rebbot Philippe Rebbot ... Pinaud


The story of a man who fooled an entire country. A tale of cheats and impostors, taking its inspiration from true facts and from one of the most intriguing characters of recent decades: the spy Francisco Paesa.

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Spanish | French | English

Release Date:

23 September 2016 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

El espía de las mil caras See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Madrid, Spain See more »


Box Office


€5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€649,155 (Spain), 23 September 2016, Limited Release
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


As a wrap gift to all crew members the production design team gave out fake bills with the Alberto Rodriguez's face and the name "paesetas" below. See more »


Jesús Camoes: Like all true stories, it contains a few lies.
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Tanto mientes, tanto vales
Written by Julio de la Rosa
Performed by Helena Goch
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Man Of A Thousand Faces - it's All Done With Smoke and Mirrors
30 December 2017 | by krocheavSee all my reviews

This stylish Spanish feature is quite gorgeous to look at. While it taxes the brain for keeping up with the money laundering antics of the worlds corrupt officials - it make us think about what drives people who have a very high profile lifestyle, yet constantly want more! As a study of the madness of greed, this complex drama explores the nature of the disease and its ability to totally destroy the lives of corrupt businesses (and in this case international dignitaries) Happy family situations and comfortable lives are willingly thrown away and replaced with constant fear and regret. It's difficult to have any compassion for these intelligent people who sacrifice all forms of normality for those extra materialistic millions - reducing themselves to human wrecks at the expense of everyone involved. Wonderful photographic and directorial realisation of it subject is brought to life by a hard working cast. Perhaps it could have been a tad too ambitious to cover this complex, based on fact story, in a movie length feature but at the same time, if it were to be treated as a mini-series it could have been overly heavy going for continued interest. Along the way, it lifts the lid on those political corruption news headlines we see on a daily basis! Those who understand the intricacies of moving large amounts of money in a trailless sequence will find this easier to grasp but, it's certainly an interesting watch as friends and family are used as tools to advance foolish ambitions. This feature is well and truly above average for the trashy World Movies channel and the only real problem are the overly fast moving (and badly placed) subtitles that can't successfully keep up with the fast moving dialog.

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