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Swindled (2004)

Incautos (original title)
In a flashback, Ernesto, a young con man, tells us how he got to the edge of a big score: childhood in an orphanage, youthful smash-and-grab burglaries until his partner is caught, then ... See full summary »

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Miguel Bardem
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernesto Alterio ... Ernesto
Victoria Abril ... Pilar
Federico Luppi ... Federico
Manuel Alexandre ... Manco
Gilbert Melki ... Mellado
Alejandro Casaseca ... Gitano
Manuel Morón ... Orozco
Jesús Castejón
Alfredo Villa ... Rafael
Roman Luknár
Juan Meseguer
Christopher de Andrés Christopher de Andrés ... Luís Onieva
Marta Nebot Marta Nebot
Antonio Gutti Antonio Gutti
Lucina Gil Lucina Gil
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In a flashback, Ernesto, a young con man, tells us how he got to the edge of a big score: childhood in an orphanage, youthful smash-and-grab burglaries until his partner is caught, then tutelage from Lefty, an aging swindler. After some years of success, they're joined by Federico, the best, a true artist. Things go well until Pilar, a woman from Federico's past, re-enters his life with a proposal to con a golden goose - a swindle that will put them all on easy street. A double-cross may be in the cards. The flashback over, can Ernesto hold his own in the present? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Thriller | Drama

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

9 July 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Swindled See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,310,045
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Alquimia Cinema See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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References The Grifters (1990) See more »

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Music by Carlos Jean & Bebe
Lyrics by Bebe
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Nice but irregular thriller
29 August 2004 | by newland80See all my reviews

Miguel Bardem is one of the latest off springs of a well-known family of actors, directors, composers and writers. His previous films have been very irregular, since "Más que amor, frenesí" was nice, "La mujer más fea del mundo" was too weird to my taste and "Noche de reyes" was a complete failure. "Incautos" is his best film so far, but still has a few gaps in the screenplay and its pacing.

Three actors in a state of grace (Ernesto Alterio, Victoria Abril and Federico Luppi are great) are involved in a plot that might remind the viewer of Stephen Frears' "The Grifters". Although the film starts well, the ending is somehow too twisted and some pivotal points in the plot are barely explained. Maybe all the events going on in the first hour could be cleared by a second viewing, but the screenplay should explain everything by itself in a single viewing.

"Incautos" is technically good, specially cinematography and score, and the cast is outstanding (apart from the three leading actors, Manuel Morón and Manuel Alexandre are a delight to watch). Therefore, a better structured screenplay would have helped to make this film a really great one.

Overall rating: 6/10


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