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Hold Up! (2012)

¡Atraco! (original title)
In 50s Spain, a group of Argentinians loyal to the deposed president Peron plan a robbery to recover the jewels that used to belong to the president's late wife Evita.

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Eduard Cortés
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Credited cast:
Óscar Jaenada ... Ramos
Amaia Salamanca ... Teresa
Guillermo Francella ... Merello
Jorge Suquet ... Encargado Joyería
Daniel Fanego ... Landa
Francesc Albiol Francesc Albiol
Felipe García Vélez ... (as Felipe Vélez)
Juan Motilla Juan Motilla
Nicolás Cabré Nicolás Cabré ... Miguel
Jordi Martínez Jordi Martínez ... Naranjo
Bárbara de Lema Bárbara de Lema ... Enfermera
Roald Smeets Roald Smeets ... Dr. Caiman
Juan Codina Juan Codina
David Ferraro Jericoh David Ferraro Jericoh ... Police Inspector
Félix Cubero
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In 50s Spain, a group of Argentinians loyal to the deposed president Peron plan a robbery to recover the jewels that used to belong to the president's late wife Evita.

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Un plan imposible... Un asalto demencial. [An impossible plan... An insane heist.]

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Spain | Argentina

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Spanish

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2 August 2012 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Hold Up! See more »

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$139,996 (Spain), 19 October 2012, Limited Release
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Spain/Argentina co-production with fine acting , adequate production design , colorful cinematography and well set in the fifties
16 October 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Nice film set in 50s Spain with luxurious production design , glamorous photography , good performances , alright filmmaking ; though developing a complex intrigue and results to be overlong . Madrid , 1955 , there takes place a jewelry robbing . Three weeks earlier , a group of Argentinians loyal to the deposed president Peron plan a robbery to recover the jewels that used to belong to the president's late wife Evita . As Peron wants the Evita's jewels to give them his new lover , as he assigns to retrieve the valuable pieces of jewellery to Landa (Daniel Fanego) . Then , Landa hires two thieves : Merello (Guillermo Francella) and Miguel (Nicolás Cabré) . Meanwhile , Miguel falls for a young nurse (Amaia Salamanca) . Both of whom arrange to go Madrid and assault a jewelry shop where find the precious pieces . But their arrogance at winning put on the radar of two tough Police Inspectors , who are working on his own personal agenda . Ultimately, greed , pride , ego , desperation and reckoning all play a role in how involvement in this group .

An nicely crafted , well-played flick that deservedly had several prizes , founded on a perfectly calibrated screenplay whose emotional grip tightens as it proceeds . There takes place a thrilling cat and mouse game , as well as an intense battle of wits between a wise as well as veteran robber excellently played by Guillermo Francella and a cerebral , stubborn Police Inspector , magnetically performed by Oscar Jaenada . Being inspired by real events when in the Francoist period took place a heist at a known jewelry . Guillermo Francella is simply awesome , he steals the show as an old , cunning and intelligent thief . Agreeable main and support cast give nice acting as Nicolás Cabré , Amaia Salamanca , Óscar Jaenada , Jordi Martínez , Felipe García Vélez and special mention for Daniel Fanego as the astute Landa .

In addition , it displays a colorful photography in juicy atmosphere , being filmed by David Omedes , deemed to be one of the best Spanish cameramen , who has shot successes as ¨Salvador¨, "To Hell with the Ugly", ¨Special's chef¨ , ¨My mothers likes women¨ and ¨A night at old Mexico¨ . Being filmed on location in Valencia , Alcoi , Alacant, Alicante, Comunidad Valenciana, Cercedilla, Madrid, Ciudad de la Luz, Alicante, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain . Lively and atmospheric musical score by Federico Jusid . He composed the original soundtrack for more than 40 feature films and over 20 television series . His work includes the score for the Academy Award-winner for Best Foreign Film The Secret in Their Eyes (2009, by Juan José Campanella), for which he received the nomination for the Spanish Academy Goya Award for Best Original Score. He has recently worked with Alberto Iglesias writing additional compositions for the original score of Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings , The Life Unexpected (Jorge Torregrossa) , Everybody has a Plan (Anna Piterbarg), The Escape (Eduardo Mignogna), The Hidden Face (Andrés Baiz), I Want To Be A Soldier (Christian Molina). Well and lavishly produced by Pedro Costa , Gerardo Herrero and producer Axel Kuschevatzky . It won Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards 2013 : Silver Condor Best Foreign Film , Spanish Language for Eduard Cortés and Nominated Silver Condor Best Costume Design to Myriam Ibáñez as costume designer and Pedro Costa Producciones Cinematográficas S.A. as producer .

The motion picture was professionally directed by Eduard Cortés . Here Cortés , also writer , was inspired by the true events of a band who carried out a jewelry hold-up and they took a lot of valuable jewels . Cortés has directed great number of notorious films . His film ¨Nobody's life¨ with Jose Coronado , was very nicely received , being debut director Eduard Cortés , from the world of television , where he has extensive experience as a director of TV3 regional channel . He has realized several TV episodes for known series and subsequently shooting other films as ¨Ingrid¨ , ¨Otros Dias Vendran¨ , ¨La Caverna¨, ¨Atraco¨ and his greatest hit : ¨The Pelayos¨ with Daniel Bhrul , Luis Homar , Miguel Angel Silvestre . The motion picture will appeal to quartet protagonist fans : Guillermo Francella , Óscar Jaenada , Amaia Salamanca , Daniel Fanego ; all of them make an excellent work . Rating : acceptable and passable , 6/10 , worthwhile watching


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