Johnny One Hundred Pesos (Johnny Cien Pesos)

Institute History

  • 1994 Sundance Film Festival


This second feature by Chilean-German director Gustavo Graef Marino is one of the first thrillers to ever come out of Latin America. In downtown Santiago de Chile, a group of armed men rob an illegal money exchange office which is disguised as a video-rental store Nine men and one woman are trapped m the office The building is evacuated and surrounded by the police The gang takes the employees and clients of the place as hostages. They start by demanding a plane to Cuba, and end up half destroyed, getting only a sandwich and a soda to share. The television networks transmit live pictures of the assault and kidnapping which force the whole country, even the government, to gel involved in this tragic and violent human drama.

Based on real events which occurred in October 1990 in Santiago, Johnny One Hundred Pesos is a strong film that works on many levels. Not only a thriller, it also accurately portrays the complex political and sociological history of Chile

Monday Jan 24 10:30 pm
Egyptian Theatre

Friday Jan 28 1:20 pm
Holiday Village Cinema II

— Patricia Cardoso

Screening Details

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