Burnt Money


Burnt Money (2001)


Critic Consensus: Burnt Money tells a stylish and steamy story about criminals on the lam.


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Love and betrayal complicate a robbery gone wrong in this offbeat crime thriller shot in Argentina. Angel (Eduardo Noriega) and El Nene (Leonardo Sbaraglia) are a pair of small-time criminals hired to take part in the robbery of an armored truck organized by mobsters Nando (Carlos Roffe) and Fontana (Ricardo Bartis), who working in cahoots with the driver, El Cuervo (Pablo Echarri). Angel and El Nene are also lovers, and when the robbery goes sour and Angel is shot by the police, El Nene is enraged and opens fire on the officers, turning the heist into a bloodbath. Angel and El Nene somehow escape and go into hiding, with El Nene attempting to nurse Angel back to health. As the couple tries to avoid detection in Uruguay, El Cuervo's moll, Vivi (Dolores Fonzi), tells the police of their whereabouts under threat of torture. Meanwhile, beginning to crack under cabin fever, Angel and El Nene slip into town to visit a carnival, where El Nene's head is unexpectedly turned by Giselle (Leticia Bredice), sparking murderous jealousy in Angel. Plata Quemada was adapted from a novel by Ricardo Piglia, which was inspired by a true story.


Critic Reviews for Burnt Money

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (16)

A beautifully realized, fevered and smart retelling of an actual robbery that went very amiss back in sixties' Argentina.

Sep 14, 2012 | Full Review…

Those who hang in for the long haul are rewarded with a sexy, moving love story.

Sep 30, 2002

It's a soap opera strewn with bullet casings.

Jun 13, 2002 | Rating: 2/4

A sexy, intense crime thriller from Argentina.

Jun 7, 2002 | Rating: B+

Directed with enough (borrowed) style by Marcelo Pineyro that we barely notice its lack of original ideas.

Mar 15, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

With flavorful acting, direction and cinematography, Burnt Money touches on emotions universal to any relationship.

Feb 28, 2002 | Rating: B

Audience Reviews for Burnt Money

I'd thought it's some heist movie with more focus on sex (maybe the poster cover is to be blamed). However, the movie fared extremely well considering my low expectations. The only boring part was "The Voices", but I guess others would like it better in spiritual terms, and telling more about the character and whatnot. I'd not known about the movie more than stated above. I was taken aback when it mentioned, before the end credits start rolling, that it's based on real events, changing a few elements. Although the changes made were major, it couldn't have been this effective without them. Recommended this one which I went for very hesitantly (it was in my watch list for over a year). *P.S. Please mind that I've got used to using the fast forward button, and hence the movies are now less slower to me than they were previously. I'll supposedly not complain about the unwanted scenes so often, I guess.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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I wouldn't say it's the best film because it was dribbling. It's based on a true Argentinian robbery that took place in the 1960s. The story revolved around the relationship of the 2 gay thugs and how one of their heists affected their relationships. It has a visually powerful editing, Hot and erotic would summarise the whole film.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

A movie about waiting. Doesn't sound too interesting, but when you have well written characters, their interactions become action. This is the story of a heist that goes a little awry. The gang must then hideout. This sounds easier than it is, as fingers begin to point at a setup, and a couple begin to drift apart. This whole time waiting becomes a time for the two protagonists to explore and experiment. It soon becomes obvious that money isn't the only thing at stake, but also pride and freedom, and not just the kind of freedom that involves keeping out of jail. The film, like the best crime thrillers, explodes into violence at a shocking speed. It emphasizes the realistic tone. I loved the 60's setting, and the music really captured the period. At times both frustrating and sad, it shows how humans will let their hearts take over, even if that means getting everyone killed/imprisoned and losing a lot of money in the process.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

I watched Burt Money a while back, and now reviewing it, the first thing that came to mind is that the subtitles were censored. I realize that is irrelevant and random, but I have never came across that before. Plus, it was a really half-assed job. They were just sort of blurred - like nudity on television - so, they were still readable. Also, the cussing was not edited from the voicetrack. Apparently, cussing is not offensive as long as it is in Spainish. Idk. I suppose that is what I get for watching a movie online. The actual movie is fasinating. The story is a fairly typical Gangsta Thrilla, but it is so much more than that. It really, really makes you ponder love and relationships. To some degree I think most relationships are made up of a Angel and a Nene. You cannot help but wonder as much as Angel needs to be taken care off, Nene needs to be the one taking care of somebody. You cannot help but marvel at how Angel can keep pushing him away, even when they care so much for each other. You have to wonder how many times Nene can take rejction before he moves on. That was a horrible way of explaining it, but Burnt Money, really is a gripping story exploring two lovers. I love how ever gay-themed movie has a review along the lines of "Its like ___ but with Guys!". Seriously, Bid Eden: "Typical Rom-Com ... But with Guys!" Eating Out: "Its like American Pie ... But with Guys!", Brokeback Mountain: "Its a cowboy movie .. .But with Guys!" And now, we have Burnt Money. "Its like Bonnie and Clyde ... but with Guys!"

Jake ....
Jake ....

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