Rudo y Cursi (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Rudo y Cursi (2008)
  • Rate: 6.7/10 total 3,729 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Sport
  • Release Date: 19 December 2008 (Mexico)
  • Runtime: Netherlands:103 min | USA:103 min | Argentina:103 min
  • Filming Location: Cihuatlan, Mexico
  • Gross: $1,823,468(USA)(16 August 2009)
  • Director: Carlos Cuarón
  • Stars: Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna and Guillermo Francella
  • Original Music By: Leoncio Lara  Felipe Perez Santiago (music) (as Felipe Pérez Santiago) 
  • Soundtrack: I Want You To Want Me
  • Plot Keyword: Soccer | Gambling | Mexican | Mexico City | Debt

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Carlos Cuarón  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • The song that ‘Gael Garcia Bernal’ sings (‘Quiero que me Quieras’) is a cover to Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me”
  • All the soccer teams and players that appear in the movie are fictional (such as Nopaleros or Deportivo Amaranto).
  • The final soccer game was filmed in the Nemesio Diez Stadium, home of Toluca, a Mexican 1st soccer division team,
  • The two sports commentators are voiced over by David Faitelson and Antonio Rosique, two popular TV personalities in Mexico.

Plot: Two siblings rival each other inside the world of professional soccer. Full summary »  »

Story: Mexican half brothers Beto and Tato – who will eventually be appropriately nicknamed Rudo (rough) and Cursi (corny), respectively – have a typical love/hate relationship with each other. They both work on a banana plantation and live with their extended family consisting of their mother, abusive stepfather, sister Nadia, and Beto's wife Toña and their children. The family are rural peasant class and are barely making ends meet. The brother's fortunes change when into their lives comes Batuta, a soccer scout. Despite their advancing ages, both Beto and Tato are naturally gifted at soccer, Beto as a goaltender and Tato as a striker. Playing professionally has always been Beto's dream, although Tato has other professional thoughts on his mind. Batuta eventually recruits both for different teams in Mexico City. Beto and Tato's fortunes rise and fall, the falls based on those things which hold more passion for the brothers…Written by Huggo  


Synopsis: Two brothers from a rural Mexican village are playing in a local football match. Tato (Gael Garcia) is the star striker and Beto (Diego Luna) is the eccentric goalkeeper. During one match they are spotted by a talent scout and he offers one of them the opportunity to go to the Capital with him and try out for one of the countrys big teams. As the scouts roster is already full he says he can only take one of the brothers and they decide to settle it on a penalty shoot out. Tato scores the penalty against his brother therefore earning the right to head to the Capital.

After a slow start Tato finally makes it big and earns the nickname ‘Cursi’. His brother soon follows and joins a rival team where he is given the nickname ‘Rudo’. Cursi becomes a national hero and starts dating a famous model whilst his brother struggles with life in the City and misses his family back home.

Things start to go worse for the brothers. Tato loses his goalscoring touch and his woman and his brother gets lured into a world of cocaine and gambling. The film all centres around one match as the 2 brothers come face to face. Cursi is threatened with demotion to Division 2 if he fails to score in this match, Rudo must throw the match in order to pay off his gambling debts or he will be killed. In the last minute Rudo saves a penalty from Tato and the match finishes goalless. Cursi quits football and returns home and Rudo is shot, losing a leg and therefore his career.

They both end up back in the rural village with their family where the simpler way of life seems to suit them more.

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Produced By:

  • Alfonso Cuarón known as producer
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu known as producer
  • Tita Lombardo known as line producer
  • Guillermo del Toro known as producer
  • Frida Torresblanco known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Gael García Bernal known as Tato
  • Diego Luna known as Beto
  • Guillermo Francella known as Batuta
  • Dolores Heredia known as Elvira
  • Adriana Paz known as Toña
  • Jessica Mas known as Maya
  • Salvador Zerboni known as Jorge W
  • Tania Esmeralda Aguilar known as Nadia
  • Joaquín Cosio known as Arnulfo
  • Alfredo Alfonso known as Don Casimiro
  • Fermín Martínez known as DT Obdulio
  • Eduardo Von known as DT Bruno López
  • Axel Ricco known as Mena
  • Harold Torres known as Trompo Tovar
  • Gabino Rodríguez known as Mafafo
  • Alexander Da Silva known as Gringa Roldán
  • Armando Hernández known as Cienpiés
  • Alexandré Barceló known as Fito
  • Jorge Mondragón known as Porro
  • Enoc Leaño known as Árbitro
  • José Carlos Rodríguez known as DT Merodio
  • Martín Altomaro known as Comentarista TV 1
  • Pablo Lach known as Comentarista TV 2
  • David Faitelson known as Voz comentarista TV 1 (voice)
  • Antonio Rosique known as Voz comentarista TV 2 (voice)
  • Claudia Becker known as Quetis
  • Manuel Teil known as Quico
  • René Campero known as Apostador 1
  • Sonia Guerrero known as Apostador 2
  • Jorge Guerrero known as Apostador 3
  • Andrés Almeida known as Apostador 4
  • Annette Fradera known as Apostador 5
  • Olinka Velázquez known as Mesera (as Olynka Velázquez)
  • Pedro De Tavira known as Chavo Hipódromo 1
  • Felipe de Lara known as Chavo Hipódromo 2
  • Jimena Cuarón Barraza known as Chava Hipódromo 1
  • Fernanda De la Peza known as Chava Hipódromo 2
  • Claudia Schmidt known as Chava Fresa 1
  • Giselle Elías known as Chava Fresa 2
  • César René Vigné known as Nopalero #2 (uncredited)
  • Jorge Zárate known as Voz Bruno López (voice) (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Marisa Amenta known as makeup artist
  • David Ruiz Gameros known as assistant makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Sandra Flores known as assistant set decorator
  • Alejandro García known as decorator assistant
  • Arturo Lazcano known as head scenic painter
  • René Marquéz known as property master
  • Oscar Tello known as assistant production designer (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • Focus Features International (FFI) (in association with)
  • Universal International Pictures (UI) (in association with)
  • Canana Films
  • Cha Cha Chá Films
  • Esperanto Filmoj
  • Producciones Anhelo

Other Companies:

  • Crowd In A Box  inflatable extras
  • Crowd In A Box  inflatable mannequins
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound post-production


  • SND (2010) (France) (theatrical)
  • TOBIS Film (2009) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Tohokushinsha Film (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • A-Film Distribution (2008) (Belgium) (all media)
  • A-Film Distribution (2008) (Luxembourg) (all media)
  • A-Film Distribution (2009) (Netherlands) (all media)
  • A-Film Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (all media)
  • Sony Pictures Classics (2008) (Canada) (all media)
  • Sony Pictures Classics (2009) (USA) (all media)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Universal Home Video (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2008) (Mexico) (all media)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Szvák Antal known as visual effects coordinator: Cube Effects
  • Oliver Atherton known as digital compositor
  • Jo Ann Cordero Belen known as roto artist: Double Negative
  • Zoltán Benyó known as visual effects producer: Cube Effects
  • Andre Braithwaite known as animator
  • Richard Briscoe known as visual effects supervisor
  • Nik Brownlee known as digital compositor: Double Negative
  • Ana Mestre de Almeida Pereira known as roto/prep artist: Double Negative (as Ana Mestre)
  • Papp Gabriella known as rotoscope artist: Cube Effects
  • Pete Hanson known as studio manager: double negative
  • Pete Jopling known as compositing supervisor: Double Negative
  • Charlotte Merrill known as digital compositor
  • Thomas Middleton known as roto artist: Double Negative
  • Fábry Olivia known as rotoscope artist: Cube Effects
  • Peter Olliff known as visual effects editor: Double Negative
  • Mila Patriki known as digital intermediate colourist
  • Paul Scott known as roto/prep artist
  • Tammy Smith known as roto/prep artist: double negative
  • Dan Snape known as digital compositor: Double Negative
  • Noémi Somoskövy known as visual effects coordinator: Cube Effects
  • Jim Steel known as digital compositor: Double Negative
  • Christopher Sweet known as matchmove artist
  • Gábor Székely known as technical director: Cube Effects
  • Ria Tamok known as lead rotoscope artist: Cube Effects
  • Clare Tinsley known as visual effects producer: Double Negative
  • Neil West known as matchmove artist: Double Negative
  • Motassem Younes known as digital opticals
  • Péter Zavorszky known as visual effects production manager: Cube Effects
  • Zoltán Ács known as rotoscope artist: Cube Effects
  • Taz Lodder known as technical support: Double Negative (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Mexico 19 December 2008
  • Argentina 8 January 2009
  • Chile 27 February 2009
  • Venezuela 13 March 2009
  • USA April 2009 (San Francisco International Film Festival)
  • Argentina 8 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 22 April 2009 (Tribeca Film Festival)
  • Peru 23 April 2009
  • Spain 24 April 2009
  • Uruguay 24 April 2009
  • USA 26 April 2009 (Newport Beach International Film Festival)
  • Panama 30 April 2009
  • USA 8 May 2009 (limited)
  • Mexico 15 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Canada 22 May 2009 (limited)
  • Israel 28 May 2009
  • Brazil 3 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Portugal 11 June 2009
  • UK 21 June 2009 (Edinburgh Film Festival)
  • UK 22 June 2009 (London) (premiere)
  • Ireland 26 June 2009
  • UK 26 June 2009
  • Netherlands 16 July 2009
  • USA 25 August 2009 (DVD premiere) (Blu-ray premiere)
  • Greece 21 September 2009 (Athens Film Festival)
  • Romania 29 September 2009 (Iasi International Film Festival)
  • Belgium 30 September 2009
  • Sweden 25 November 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 15 January 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 20 February 2010
  • Greece 4 March 2010
  • Russia 10 June 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • France 1 September 2010

MPAA: Rated R for pervasive language, sexual content and brief drug use


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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