Swindled [DVD] [2004]

A small-time con man from the streets teams up with an aging grifter and legendary scam artist to pull off the scam of a lifetime in this thriller starring Federico Luppi and following in the tradition of David Mamet. Ernesto (Ernesto Alterio) may be slick, but his career in crime simply hasn't progressed past working three-card monte on gullible Madrid marks who think they can't lose. When Ernesto makes the acquaintance of middle-aged confidence man El Manco (Manuel Alexandre) he is shocked to learn that the veteran criminal has close ties to notorious con king Federico (Luppi). As the street-smart trio combine their skills and the greenbacks start rolling in, Federico hatches a lucrative real estate plan that could make them all millionaires. There's just one catch though -- in order to carry out the plan, the crew will need the help of Federico's ex-lover Pilar (Victoria Abril), and the introduction of this volatile new element sends trust among the former trio to an all-time low.
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A con man finds himself up against an adversary he hasn't the strength to challenge in this crime drama from Spain. Ernesto (Ernesto Alterio) is a man who grew up learning the easier way to get out of trouble was to lie, and over the years, he's built a career out of his gift for twisting the truth as a con man. Teaming up with two experienced grifters, Manco (Manuel Alexandre) and Federico (Federico Luppi), Ernesto is able to pull off a major scam involving the Spanish Army that scores the three a major payday. This should put Ernesto and his partners on Easy Street, but things begin to go sour when Ernesto is reunited with a former girlfriend, Pilar (Victoria Abril). Ernesto is a soft touch for anything that Pilar might suggest, and when she plots a big con for him and his partners, he offers no objections. However, when Manco dies under hazy circumstances and Ernesto's childhood pal Gipsy (Alejandro Casaseca) conveniently appears wanting to take his place, Ernesto begins to suspect that he may be the one being scammed. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ernesto Alterio
    Ernesto Alterio - Ernesto
  • Victoria Abril
    Victoria Abril - Pilar
  • Federico Luppi
    Federico Luppi - Federico
  • Manuel Alexandre
    Manuel Alexandre - Manco
  • Alejandro Casaseca
    Alejandro Casaseca - Gipsy

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