Nine Queens

August 31st, 2000


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Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens").

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 7.8/10 (15,730 voted)

Critic's Score: 80/100

Director: Fabián Bielinsky

Stars: Ricardo Darín, Gastón Pauls, Leticia Brédice

Early one morning, Marcos observes Juan successfully pulling off a bill-changing scam on a cashier, and then getting caught as he attempts to pull the same trick on the next shift. Marcos steps in, claiming to be a policeman, and drags Juan out of the store. Once they are back on the street, Marcos reveals himself to be a fellow swindler with a game of much higher stakes in mind, and he invites Juan to be his partner in crime. A once-in-a-lifetime scheme seemingly falls into their laps - an old-time con man enlists them to sell a forged set of extremely valuable rare stamps, The Nine Queens. The tricky negotiations that ensue bring into the picture a cast of suspicious characters, including Marcos' sister Valeria, their younger brother Federico and a slew of thieves, conmen and pickpockets. As the deceptions mount, it becomes more and more difficult to figure out who is conning whom.

Ricardo Darín - Marcos
Gastón Pauls - Juan
Leticia Brédice - Valeria
María Mercedes Villagra - Convenience Store Employee 2
Gabriel Correa - Convenience Store Manager
Pochi Ducasse - Aunt
Luis Armesto - Bar Waiter
Ernesto Arias - Bar Manager
Amancay Espíndola - Woman in Elevator
Isaac Fajm - Vendor
Jorge Noya - Aníbal
Graciela Tenenbaum - Convenience Store Employee
Oscar Nuñez - Sandler
Ignasi Abadal - Vidal Gandolfo
Carlos Lanari - Man on Cell Phone


Official Website: Metropolitan Films [France] trailer, interview, etc. (French, Flash) | Sony Pictures Classics [United States] - trailer, synopsis, etc. (Flash) |

Release Date: 31 August 2000

Filming Locations: Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,500,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $40,724 (USA) (21 April 2002) (5 Screens)

Gross: $1,221,261 (USA) (6 October 2002)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

During the filming of the scene where Juan and Marcos run after a motorbike, Gastón Pauls fell and injured his knee and was taken to the Argerich hospital where he got four stitches.

Marcos: Can't you see the way she swings her ass? There are no saints.

User Review


Rating: 10/10

This is a great film, one of the best non-American movie that I've seen. It has everything that you can expect from this kind of movies, action, suspense, and humor. You can see it 9 times and never get tired of it, it's so well performed and directed that it's just perfect.

From the beginning to the end this picture keeps you alert, there are no boring moments, even if you don't speak Spanish the dialogues can be understood, the English subtitles are OK . I'm sure that if it was an American film it would have become a classic. If you haven't seen it yet ,do yourself a favour and rent it, you won't regret.

10 out of 10 stars.