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The Heist of the Century
SpanishEl robo del siglo
Directed byAriel Winograd
StarringDiego Peretti
Guillermo Francella
Pablo Rago
Luis Luque
Rafael Ferro
Mariano Argento
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
Running time
114 minutes
Box office$12 million[1]

The Heist of the Century (Spanish: El robo del siglo) is a 2020 Argentine comedy thriller film and is directed by Ariel Winograd.[2] The film stars Diego Peretti, Guillermo Francella, Pablo Rago, Luis Luque, Rafael Ferro, and Mariano Argento.

Heist is a 2001 American heist film written and directed by David Mamet and starring Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, and Delroy Lindo, with Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay, and Sam Rockwell in supporting roles. The film became the highest-grossing David Mamet-directed film in the United States, and then went on to become a popular hit in the home video market. If given the choice of all the cars in the legendary Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, which car would you choose if you had to catch a stolen Porsche? A career jewel thief finds himself at tense odds with his longtime partner, a crime boss who sends his nephew to keep watch.


The film is based on a true story, the robbery of the Banco Río branch in the Buenos Aires town of Acassuso on January 13, 2006, which was attacked by a gang of six robbers armed with toy weapons.[3] They took 23 hostages and took $ 15 million from 147 safes, which they later abandoned after the flight.[4]



  • Diego Peretti as Fernando Araujo, mastermind and executor of the heist.
  • Guillermo Francella as Mario Vitette Sellanes, 'the man in the gray suit.'[5]
  • Pablo Rago as Sebastián as 'the Martian.'[6]
  • Luis Luque as Miguel Sileo, a police negotiator.
  • Juan Alari as 'the Paisa', driver of the truck.[5]
  • Rafael Ferro as Alberto 'Beto' de la Torre, in charge of taking hostages.[7]
  • Magela Zanotta as 'the Turk,' De la Torre's wife.[5]
  • Johanna Francella as Lucía Vitette Sellanes.
  • Mariano Argento as 'the Doc' Debauza.
  • Mario Moscoso and Darío Levy as police officers.
  • Fabián Arenillas as the head of the Hawk Group.
  • Mario Alarcón as the prosecutor.
  • Enrique Dumont as the psychoanalyst.
  • Sebastián Mogordoy as the security guard.
  • Mariela Pizzo as Claudia, wife of 'the Martian'
  • Luz Palazón as the bank employee.
  • María Marull as the lawyer.
  • Paula Grinszpan as the cleaning worker.
  • Pochi Ducasse and Juan Tupac Soler as hostages.


The filming began on April 15, 2019 in Buenos Aires[8] and ended on June 4 of the same year in Potrerillos, Mendoza,[9] approximately seven and a half months before its final release, on January 16, 2020. The script was written by producer Alex Zito and the author of the robbery, Fernando Araujo,[6][10] who had a paint shop ten blocks from the bank. The film was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.[11]



The Heist of the Century premiered in Argentina on 16 January 2020.[12] It also showed at the Málaga Film Festival in March 2020.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received positive reviews from the specialized press. According to the website Todas las críticas, a portal that collects and averages among various professional reviews, the film has a rating of 77/100, based on 34 reviews.[14]

Box office[edit]

The film, distributed by Warner Bros., was released in 376 theaters, which involved a nationwide release. Given the interest during its premiere and previews, it ended up expanding its premiere to 392 theaters.[15][16] With an estimate of 96,420 tickets sold on Thursday, January 17, 2020, according to the website, Ultracine, Heist of the Century thus became the second most viewed Argentine film in history on its opening day, only behind what was achieved by the animated film Underdogs, with 113,000 entries.[17] After its first weekend on the billboard, the film also managed to be in fifth place in history in terms of tickets sold by a native production with 417,000 tickets cut off, only surpassed by The Clan (504,000), Wild Tales (450,000) and Underdogs (425,000).[18] At the end of its first full week on the billboard, the accumulation was 634,000 viewers.[19]

The film was seen by two million viewers.[20]


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Directed byScott Mann
Produced by
  • Randall Emmett
  • George Furla
  • Wayne Marc Godfrey
  • Alexander Tabrizi
  • Stephen Cyrus Sepher
Written by
  • Stephen Cyrus Sepher
Music byJames Edward Barker
Tim Despic
CinematographyBrandon Cox
Edited byRobert Dalva
  • Grindstone Entertainment Group
  • The Fyzz Facility
  • Mass Hysteria Entertainment Co
Distributed byLionsgate Premiere
  • November 13, 2015 (United States)
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$15 million[1]
Box office$4.1 million[2]

Heist (also called Bus 657), is a 2015 American heistaction thriller film directed by Scott Mann and written by Stephen Cyrus Sepher and Max Adams, based on the original story by Sepher. The film stars Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kate Bosworth, Morris Chestnut, Dave Bautista, Sepher and Gina Carano. The plot of the film revolves around a casino heist by an employee who needs to pay for his sick daughter's treatment.

The film was released on November 13, 2015, by Lionsgate Premiere.[3]


Luke Vaughn, a man working in a Southern casino run by 'The Pope', has a sick daughter in a hospital, with medical bills he fails to pay, and further needs some $300,000, for her surgery. Yet, Pope refuses his plea for a loan, and when Vaughn insists, Pope fires him, which leads to his being beaten by the boss's right-hand man 'Dog'.

Vaughn is approached by security guard Cox and agrees to rob the money, which the casino is laundering for the mob. After a $3 million heist, the masked thieves are intercepted by Dog's henchmen. A gun battle ensues, wounding one of the thieves, and once their getaway driver escapes in terror, the rest are forced to hijack a city bus number 657. Police Officer Kris Bauhaus, whose car is parked a half block from the bus stop, hears the gunshots coming from the bus and pursues them and alerts reinforcements to join the chase and post a road block.

Pope orders Dog to retrieve the money. Meanwhile, Cox nearly shoots Kris, and Vaughn writes a passenger's phone number on a bus window, to enable contact with the gang, and warn Kris that Cox will kill passengers if the police are not instructed to clear the roadblocks. Kris obeys and Vaughn orders Bernie the bus driver to ram the roadblock, allowing the bus to enter the interstate highway. The next morning, the wounded thief is dying. Vaughn asks one of the passengers, a veterinarian student, to take care of him. Cox orders Bernie to head to Galveston, Texas; unfortunately, the bus is running low on fuel, so Vaughn calls for a fuel tanker.

Detective Marconi joins forces with Kris when she is about to be relieved from duty. Marconi monitors the bus via a police helicopter. Cox makes a call to Jono, an old man who aided them in planning the robbery, informing Jono that they have the money and are on the way. While refueling, Vaughn allows two hostages (Pauline and a young boy) to be released. Kris discovers that Vaughn pulled the robbery because of his ill daughter. Meanwhile, Dog learns the location of Jono through a police radio scanner.

With the wounded thief suffering blood loss, Vaughn calls Marconi to board the bus with a medical emergency kit. He boards and takes a call from Pope, tossing the phone to Vaughn, revealing Marconi's affiliation with Pope. Shortly thereafter, a SWAT team attacks the bus and pops the bus tire, causing it to crash to a stop near a bridge. Most of the passengers receive minor injuries.

With police surrounding the bus, Cox holds Bernie hostage in front of the cops and on live TV. Bernie is presumably shot dead by Cox, but it is revealed that Vaughn shot his partner Cox instead, saving Bernie. Vaughn receives a call from his daughter saying that the money has arrived to pay the hospital bills. Vaughn releases all the hostages and the bus departs once the tires are repaired. The police authorities follow the bus but find out Vaughn has escaped and only Bernie is inside.

Vaughn arrives at Jono's, but finds Dog has killed him. Dog takes Vaughn prisoner by knocking him out with a shot of rock salt from a shotgun and they are joined by Pope and Marconi back on the bus, though Pope soon kills Marconi. Vaughn shows them where the remaining $2.7 million is hidden on the bus, then explains that Pauline was not a pregnant passenger but is actually his sister, who hid the missing $300,000 in her 'tummy'. Kris had deduced what Pauline was doing and did not stop her from paying the medical bill. Dog is infuriated and is about to burn Vaughn alive, threatening to go after Vaughn's daughter next, when Pope shoots Dog dead. A grateful Vaughn is allowed to get away. Pope waits on the bus and lights a cigarette as the police arrive.


  • Robert De Niro as Francis 'The Pope' Silva
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Luke Vaughn
  • Kate Bosworth as Sydney Silva
  • Morris Chestnut as Derrick 'The Dog' Prince
  • Dave Bautista as Jason Cox
  • Gina Carano as Officer Krizia 'Kris' Bauhaus
  • D.B. Sweeney as Bernie
  • Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Marconi
  • Stephen Cyrus Sepher as Julian Dante
  • Tyson Sullivan as Mickey
  • Christopher Rob Bowen as Eric
  • Lydia Hull as Pauline
  • Scott Herman as Sergeant Thomas Forbes


On November 6, 2013, at the American Film Market sale, it was announced that film production and financing company Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films acquired a heist script, then titled Bus 757, from writer Stephen Cyrus Sepher.[1] The script, about a card dealer who puts a crew together to rob a bank and hijack a city bus, with an announced budget of $15 million budget, was being produced by Randall Emmett, George Furla, Alexander Tabrizi and Sepher.[1] On May 17, 2014, it was announced that Scott Mann would direct, Lionsgate would distribute, and Robert De Niro would star in the lead role of 'The Pope', the casino owner whose money is the target of the heist.[4]

The title of the film had been changed to Bus 657 by September 24, 2014, when Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kate Bosworth, Dave Bautista and Gina Carano joined the cast of the film, which also added Max Adams as an additional screenwriter.[5] On October 13, it was confirmed that screenwriter and actor Sepher was spotted on the set, later confirmed to be performing as one of the robbery crew.[6][7]Morris Chestnut was spotted on the set on October 15, with his casting as Derrick 'Dog' Prince confirmed two days later, acting as 'The Pope's' right-hand man who has to bring the money back before the cops seize it and realize it's dirty.[8][9]

Filming was scheduled to take place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,[10] but was moved to Mobile, Alabama, where filming began on October 13, 2014.[11][6] On October 15, De Niro was spotted filming in the Crystal Ballroom of The Battle House Hotel, which had been transformed into a 1940s-style casino called 'The Swan Casino'.[12] The same day, scenes were being filmed on the corner of Royal and St. Francis streets in downtown Mobile.[8] On October 21, filming was taking place on the Causeway, which was closed by the police from the eastbound entrance of Bankhead Tunnel to east of the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park.[13]


In October 2014, at the American Film Market sale, the film (under its second title, Bus 657) was sold to a number of international distributors, including Lionsgate International for the UK.[14] The film was released on November 13, 2015 in a limited release and through video on demand.[3]


The film was poorly received by film critics. As of June 2020, the film holds a 29% approval rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 28 reviews with an average score of 4.53 out of 10.[15]Metacritic gave the film 37/100, generally unfavorable, based on a weighted average rating of 11 reviews.[16]


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  1. ^ abcMcNary, Dave (2013-11-06). 'AFM: Emmett/Furla/Oasis Boards 'Bus 757′'. Variety. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
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  4. ^Fleming Jr, Mike (2014-05-17). 'Cannes: Robert De Niro Catches 'Bus 757', Heist Pic From Emmett/Furla/Oasis'. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
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  7. ^Ikenberg, Tamara (2014-10-23). 'A glimpse inside the multi-talented mind behind 'Bus 657''. The Birmingham News. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  8. ^ abIkenberg, Tamara (2014-10-16). ''Bus 657' star Morris Chestnut makes Mobile stargazers swoon'. The Birmingham News. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  9. ^Fleming Jr, Mike (2014-10-17). 'Morris Chestnut Boards 'Bus 657′'. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  10. ^Scott, Mike (2014-05-19). 'Robert De Niro boards thriller 'Bus 757,' to be shot in Baton Rouge'. The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  11. ^Scott, Mike (2014-09-26). 'Robert De Niro's 'Bus 657' bolts Baton Rouge, heading down I-10 to Mobile'. The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  12. ^Ikenberg, Tamara (2014-10-15). 'Robert De Niro walks among us: star has arrived in Mobile for 'Bus 657' shoot'. The Birmingham News. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  13. ^Levins, Angela (2014-10-21). 'Scout your route: Parts of Causeway, Bankhead eastbound closed for filming of movie 'Bus 657''. The Birmingham News. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  14. ^McNary, Dave (2014-10-31). 'AFM: Robert De Niro's 'Bus 657′ Picks Up Foreign Sales'. Variety. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  15. ^'Heist (2015)'. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  16. ^'Heist (2015)'. Metacritic. Retrieved 2017-11-05.

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