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Loving Pablo (2017)

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A journalist strikes up a romantic relationship with notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Bardem ... Pablo Escobar
Penélope Cruz ... Virginia Vallejo
Peter Sarsgaard ... Shepard
Julieth Restrepo ... Maria Victoria Henao
Óscar Jaenada ... Santoro
Fredy Yate Fredy Yate ... Pelado
Ricardo Niño ... Careta
Pedro Calvo ... Gatillero
Joavany Alvarez Joavany Alvarez ... Ignacio Velarde
David Valencia ... Santos
Santiago Londoño Santiago Londoño ... Hermosilla
Juan Sebastián Calero ... Carlos Corral
Quique Mendoza Quique Mendoza ... Abel Monje
Ariel Sierra Ariel Sierra ... Salvador Martín
Julio Nava Julio Nava ... Garza
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Storyline

In 1981, Virginia Vallejo is a famous Colombia's journalist and TV news anchorwoman who is invited to a VIPs party in the ranch of Pablo Escobar, a low-born man who gained money and power with drug trafficking together his friends, turning them in the new generation of rich men of the country. Seduced by his charisma, Virginia starts a passionate love affair with Escobar despite he's a family man married with María Victoria. Along the 80's years, Escobar becomes famous in his try to better the life of the low-born people of Medellín and raising a politician carrier in the Colombia's congress, but Virginia starts to understand Escobar's real power controlling an empire of crime in Colombia and spreading his drug by all USA. It causes that the DEA's agent Shepard interests by his business and by Virginia, contacting her looking for a way to stop him. With the President Belisario Betancur allying with USA to stop Escobar and extradite him to judge outside Colombia, this last one starts a... Written by Chockys

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R for strong violent content, some sexuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Spain | Bulgaria

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 June 2018 (USA) See more »

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Loving Pablo See more »

Filming Locations:

Colombia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€14,582,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,564, 7 October 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,017, 11 October 2018
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Dolby Atmos

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz previously starred together in Jamón, Jamón (1992), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) and The Counsellor (2013), although they do not share scenes in the latter. See more »

Goofs

In the highway plane landing in Florida there are mountains in the background. See more »

Quotes

Virginia Vallejo: If you are going to cry over a man, better in a private jet than a bus.
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a barely decent adaptation
2 May 2018 | by antoniotiernoSee all my reviews

Loving Pablo has certainly moments of guilty pleasure but leaves an empty feeling when reaching the end. This is the story of the rise and fall of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The very clever pairing of Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz as the strongly larger-than-life couple gave this production a shot at the international box office before it will go to smaller screens. Very much action-packed, Loving Pablo marks a turn towards the mainstream for Fernando Leon de Aranoa, the Spanish writer-director best known for social and political dramas. What ends up holding the film down to its level of superficial glitz is being adapted from Vallejo's novel/memoir Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar. The story is told almost on that basis and that's the min limit.


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