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In 1985, a group of criminals mock the security of the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City to extract 140 pre-Hispanic pieces from their showcases.


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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juan Nuñez
Frank Graves
Benjamin Wilson
Dr. Nuñez
Lisa Owen ...
Sra. Nuñez
Pablo Chemor ...
Bernardo Velasco ...
Maite Suarez Diez ...

Directed by

Alonso Ruizpalacios ... (as Alonso Ruiz Palacios)

Written by

Manuel Alcalá ... ()
Alonso Ruizpalacios ... () (as Alonso Ruiz Palacios)

Produced by

Manuel Alcalá ... producer
Patricio Braun ... executive producer
Moisés Cosío ... executive producer
Brian Cox ... executive producer
Maria Jose Cuevas ... associate producer
Gael García Bernal ... executive producer
Gerardo Gatica ... producer
Robert Lantos ... executive producer
Alberto Muffelmann ... producer
Jose Nacif ... executive producer
Jacobo Nazar ... executive producer
Renato Ornelas ... associate producer
Mariana Rodriguez Cabarga ... line producer
Ramiro Ruiz ... producer
Anant Singh ... executive producer

Music by

Tomás Barreiro ... (music by)

Cinematography by

Damián García

Film Editing by

Yibran Asuad

Editorial Department

Perla Carpio ... post-production coordinator
Juan Antonio Casaus ... digital intermediate supervisor
Fer Chung ... digital intermediate conform artist: baselight
Edgar Flores Ogarrio ... colorist
Claudia Mera ... post-production coordinator
Liliana Perez Morales ... digital intermediate supervisor

Casting By

Bernardo Velasco

Production Design by

Sandra Cabriada

Costume Design by

Malena De la Riva

Makeup Department

Beatriz Vera ... makeup artist

Production Management

Oscar Estrada ... production manager
Vanessa Hernández ... post-production supervisor
Carlos A. Morales ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Ivan Gutierrez Araico ... second second assistant director (as Ivan Gutierrez)
Tess Anastasia Fernández ... second assistant director
Pablo Giles ... first assistant director
Elvis Jasso Marín ... second assistant director
Pablo Guerrero Garcia Rojas ... third assistant director

Sound Department

Jaime Baksht ... re-recording mixer
Eduardo Castillo ... sound editor
Cristiano Ciccone ... re-recording mixer: italian dubbing
Michelle Couttolenc ... re-recording mixer
Lupita P. Kababié ... foley artist
Isabel Muñoz ... sound recordist
Lia Perez ... foley recordist
Juan Sosa Rosell ... dialogue editor
Marisela Suarez ... foley artist
Javier Umpierrez ... sound designer / supervising sound editor

Visual Effects by

Shane Dooley ... digital compositor
Misael Martinez Hernandez ... digital compositor
Rene Meillon ... digital compositor
Raul Prado ... visual effects supervisor


César René Vigné ... stunt performer

Camera and Electrical Department

Carlos Carreto ... second unit: first assistant camera
Sebastián González Rivas ... additional cinematography
Flavia Martinez ... second assistant camera
Odei Zabaleta ... additional cinematography

Casting Department

Javier Braier ... Casting Buenos Aires

Music Department

Atanas Babaleski ... scoring pro tools engineer
Martha Fritz ... music clearance
Georgi Hristovski ... score recording engineer
Stefan Karrer ... Soundtrack Producer
Javier Nuño ... music clearance
F.A.M.E.'S. Project ... orchestra and studio contractor

Other crew

Carlos Algara ... post production executive
Ivan Gutierrez Araico ... key p.a. (as Ivan Gutierrez)
Erendira Nuñez Larios ... production coordinator
Kara MacLean ... unit publicist
Kevin McLean ... unit publicist
Mar Mercado ... production assistant
Lorenna Ramirez ... post-production coordinator
Fran Recinas ... production coordinator

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Plot Summary

Juan and Benjamín, who are well into their thirties, do not seem to be prompt to finish their university degree in veterinary. As if that was not enough, they are not so keen to fly the nest any time soon either. Thirsty of some long and much sought-after renown, one ill fated Christmas Eve they decide to loot the iconic National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico. Written by Domingo Alvarez

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Also Known As
  • Museum (World-wide, English title)
  • Museum (Europe, English title)
  • Museu (Brazil)
  • Ληστεία στο μουσείο (Greece)
  • Muziejus (Lithuania)
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  • 128 min
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Trivia The movie is a fictionalized account of what was called "The Heist of the Century", with the obvious changes. In reality, it was performed by two veterinary school students, actual names Carlos Perches and Ramon Sardina. The movie portrays the events of the actual robbery quite accurately, including museum guards being careless due to a Christmas celebration, the amount and type stolen pieces, the method of escape, as well as the first suspicion of the heist being done by professionals working for international art dealers and the 50 million pesos reward offered by the museum. Later, the film comprises time periods and combines several characters into a single one. In reality, the thieves managed to avoid capture for four years: Perches and Sardina went to Acapulco, when they tried to sell the pieces to drug lord Jose Serrano and his mistress, a popular cabaret dancer nicknamed "Princesa Yamal". Serrano introduced them to Salvador Gutierrez a.k.a. "El Cabo", another drug lord, who promised to sell the artifacts and estimated a price tag of one billion dollars. Two of the pieces were given to Serrano in exchange for cocaine by Perches, while Sardina apparently gave him seven as evidence they were the actual robbers. The police, in the meanwhile, had lost track of the pieces and closed the file, in part by the fact of the Museum not having a complete inventory of the stolen artifacts until much later, with the first reports showing wrong or incomplete records. Finally, in January 1989, the Mexican Federal Police arrested "El Cabo", who gave them all the leads to find the robbers. Perches was arrested in April at his house, along with his brother and the rest of the stolen artifacts. Five more people were arrested, including Serrano's mistress, an Argentinean showgirl called Cristina Gonzalez -both later released- and an American named Nathan Clevenger, the apparent buyer. In total, 111 of 124 pieces were recovered and returned to the museum. However, the whereabouts of Ramon Sardina and the nine pieces he and Perches gave away is still unknown. See more »

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