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To Rob a Thief

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To Rob a Thief
original cover art
Directed byJoe Menendez
Written byJoJo Henrickson
Produced byRoni Eguia Menendez
James M. McNamara
Ben Odell
StarringFernando Colunga
Miguel Varoni
Julie Gonzalo
Gabriel Soto
Ivonne Montero
Sonya Smith
Saul Lisazo
Ruben Garfias
Oscar Torre
JoJo Henrickson
CinematographyAdam Silver
Edited byJoe Menendez
Music byAndres Levin
Panamax Films
Narrow Bridge Films
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • 31 August 2007 (2007-08-31) (US: limited)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1.2 million
Box office$6,875,089[1]

To Rob a Thief (Spanish: Ladrón que Roba a Ladrón) is a 2007 Spanish-language film in which two thieves reunite to rob a television mogul. The sequel Ladrones was released in 2015.


Two thieves plan to rob a businessman who has defrauded many poor families. When none of their affiliates want to go undercover as day laborers to pull off the heist, the two men turn to the real thing for help. Emilio, a Colombian con man, arrives in LA with two weeks to complete his plan to rob a former colleague, Claudio Silvestrini who now poses as Moctezuma Valdéz, who's made a fortune using infomercials to peddle snake oil to Latino immigrants. Emilio's friend Alejandro, who sells pirated DVDs, has assembled a team of amateurs, who, as Alejandro says, will go unnoticed because they're immigrants. The team must gain entry to Silvestrini's well-guarded mansion, steal two keys to access a vault, and then get the money off the property. A father and his tomboy daughter, a nervous Cuban actor, a techie, and a muscle man make up the team, plus Alejandro has been courting Silvestrini's nanny, Gloria. Silvestrini recognizes Alejandro to be a thief and leads Gloria to break up with Alejandro. In the end, it is revealed that Gloria was a spy that Alejandro had implanted without any of the crew knowing. In fact, Gloria is Alejandro's wife.



Ladrón que Roba a Ladrón has received generally favorable reviews. It holds a 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews from 28 critics.[2] On Metacritic it has a score of 61 out of 100 based on 11 reviews.[3]


Ladrón que Roba a Ladrón had a limited release on August 31, 2007 in the United States.


  1. ^ "Ladrón que Roba a Ladrón (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  2. ^ Ladrón que Roba a Ladrón, Rotten Tomatoes, retrieved 30 November 2009
  3. ^ "Ladrón que Roba a Ladrón". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 November 2009.

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