×

The Biggest Robbery Never Told

Daniel Monzon's "The Biggest Robbery Never Told," is a heist comedy with more gags per meter than a bank robber's boudoir, most of which fail. Characters are better thought-out than usual, the look-at-me visuals are interesting, and helmer's imagination throws up the occasional memorable moment. But ultimately this is just for the home crowd.

With:
With: Antonio Resines, Neus Asensi, Manuel Manquina, Javier Aller, Jaime Barnatan, Santo Gracia .

Director Daniel Monzon’s sophomore effort, “The Biggest Robbery Never Told,” is a breathlessly over-the-top heist comedy with more gags per meter than a bank robber’s boudoir, most of which fail. Characters are better thought-out than usual, the look-at-me visuals are always interesting, and helmer’s comic-strip imagination throws up the occasional memorable moment. But ultimately this is just for the home crowd.

Over-long prelims see petty thief Santo (dependable Antonio Resines) released from jail, still burning to pull off a big robbery. He gets together with religious street bum Zorba (Manuel Manquina), circus midget Pinito (Javier Aller) and computer nerd Windows (Jaime Barnatan), jailed for switching out all the lights in Madrid. In true heist movie style, the back-stories are given in detail, deepening interest in characters but at the price of dramatic payoffs. With the help of middleman Deep Throat (Santo Gracia), the incompetent gang plans to steal Picasso’s painting “Guernica” from an art gallery. Pic improves around halfway with the lengthy robbery sequence, and there’s a spectacular final scene in Madrid airport, but by then there have been too many gags about smoke detectors and farting.

Popular on Variety

The Biggest Robbery Never Told

Spain

Production: A Lolafilms Distribucion release of a Lolafilms production, in association with Antena 3, Via Digital. (International sales: Lolafilms, Madrid.) Produced by Andres Vicente Gomez. Directed, written by Daniel Monzon.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), Carles Gusi; editor, Ivan Aledo; music, Roque Banos; art director, Anton Laguna. Reviewed at Renoir Plaza de Espana, Madrid, Nov. 18, 2002. Running time: 115 MIN.

With: With: Antonio Resines, Neus Asensi, Manuel Manquina, Javier Aller, Jaime Barnatan, Santo Gracia .

More Film

  • Beyonce Knowles'The Lion King' film premiere,

    ABC Announces Behind-the-Scenes Special for Beyoncé's 'Lion King' LP

    ABC has announced a new behind-the-scenes look into the making of Beyoncé’s “The Lion King: The Gift” LP, which is set to air September 16 on ABC at 10 p.m. EST. Titled “Beyoncé Presents: Making the Gift,” the new hour-long special will allow viewers to “experience the process” behind the “Lion King” companion album, according [...]

  • Jason Lei Howden, Samara Weaving and

    Daniel Radcliffe On Acting With Weapons Nailed To Your Hands

    How did “Guns Akimbo” director and writer Jason Lei Howden convince Daniel Radcliffe to play a character with guns nailed to his hands? Easy, he sent him the script. Radcliffe joined Howden and “Ready or Not’s” breakout star Samara Weaving in the Variety’s Toronto Film Festival studio, presented by AT&T to talk the limits of [...]

  • Box Office: It Chapter Two Maintains

    Box Office: 'It: Chapter Two' Continues International Reign With $47 Million

    Pennywise’s reign of terror hasn’t wavered: Warner Bros.’ “It Chapter Two” maintained first place on box office charts, led by another strong showing overseas. The sequel, based on Stephen King’s horror novel, generated another $47 million at the international box office for a foreign tally of $169 million. After two weeks of release, “It Chapter [...]

  • First still from the set of

    Taika Waititi’s 'Jojo Rabbit' Wins Top Prize at Toronto Film Festival Awards

    Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” has won the coveted People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The honor positions the film for a potential Oscar run and bolsters its awards chances. That’s good news for Fox Searchlight, which must have been disappointed by the lackluster critical reception for the movie, a dark comedy [...]

  • Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez star

    Box Office: 'Hustlers' Racks Up Solid $33 Million Debut, 'Goldfinch' Bombs

    “Hustlers” rolled in the Benjamins this weekend, collecting $33.2 million when it debuted in 3,250 North American theaters. Boosted by rave reviews and stellar word of mouth, “Hustlers” beat expectations and now ranks as the best start for an STX film, along with the biggest live-action opening weekend for stars Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. [...]

  • German Cinema Is Diverse, But Is

    German Cinema Is Varied, But Is It Too Risk Averse?

    One of the strengths of German cinema is its diversity, says Simone Baumann, managing director of the national film promotion agency German Films. As well as the three films at Toronto directed by female German helmers, there was also German filmmaker Thomas Heise’s documentary film essay “Heimat Is a Space in Time.” Then there were [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content