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The Padre (2018)

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It tells the story of the Padre (Roth), a small-time con man on the run from his dogged pursuers, U.S. Court Justice Nemes (Nolte) and local police officer Gaspar (Guzmán). When the Padre ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Roth ... Padre
Valeria Henríquez Valeria Henríquez ... Lena
Nick Nolte ... Nemes
Luis Guzmán ... Gaspar
Juana Arboleda Juana Arboleda ... Mariana
Julio Pachón Julio Pachón ... Federico
Nelson Camayo Nelson Camayo ... Agapito
Diego Figueroa Diego Figueroa ... Barber
Benjamin Petersen ... The Mark
Obeida Benavidez Obeida Benavidez ... Clothing Cashier
Ana Maria Arguelles Ana Maria Arguelles ... Cristina
Álvaro Bayona Álvaro Bayona ... Abejundio (Church Caretaker)
Hector Chiquillo Hector Chiquillo ... Business Man
Sarah Louise Storer Sarah Louise Storer ... Business Woman
Julio Cesar Navarrete Julio Cesar Navarrete ... Bartender


It tells the story of the Padre (Roth), a small-time con man on the run from his dogged pursuers, U.S. Court Justice Nemes (Nolte) and local police officer Gaspar (Guzmán). When the Padre is caught mid-con, he flees the scene in a stolen car, unaware that a precocious 16-year-old girl, Lena (Henriquez), is stowing away in the back seat. After she blackmails him into letting her join his journey, the duo plan their biggest heist yet - not always aware of the dangers of working with each other and the law closing in on them.

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az atya See more »

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Darius Films See more »
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Near the end of the movie, when the Padre is shooting the M-1 Carbine he operates the action with each shot. This type semi-auto rifle fires with each pull of the trigger without the need to operate the action. See more »

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Lacks Dramatic Tension & Suspense
31 October 2018 | by larrys3See all my reviews

Set in Colombia, Tim Roth portrays a pickpocket and conman disguised as a padre, as he tries to escape the pursuing ex-Marshal Nick Nolte, who believes Roth was responsible for the death of his pregnant daughter. Nolte has hired Luis Guzman, a local police officer, to help him in this pursuit and to smooth things over when Nolte disrespects the local populace or their customs. Finally, Valeria Henriquez is quite engaging as the young charmer Lena, who is desperate to join her sister in Minnesota (sold online to a family when they were both in a church orphanage) and will even team up with the "padre" to get there.

With this good cast and storyline I guess I expected more from this movie, but it lacked dramatic tension and suspense and came across as too flat-toned. Overall, it just never seemed to gel into anything substantial, as I see it.

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