Anything for Bread

Anything for Bread (Spanish: Todo por la pasta) is a 1991 Spanish film directed by Enrique Urbizu and written by Luis Marías.

Anything for Bread
Directed byEnrique Urbizu
Produced byJoaquín Trincado (producer)
Gaizka Uraga (executive producer)
Written byLuis Marías
Music byBernardo Bonezzi
CinematographyCarles Gusi
Edited byAna Murugarren
Distributed byCreativideo
Release date
14 August 1991 (Spain)
Running time
88 minutes


The film centres on an armed robbery within a bingo hall,[1] within a background in the underworld of drug dealing, sexual perversion, police corruption and a political assassination. Woven through this are the stories of two very different women from opposite backgrounds. Azucena is a robber fleeing the scene when she is picked up by a young woman, Verónica. Both are vulnerable, having been threatened and betrayed, and soon start fighting against each other to gain the proceeds of the robbery. As they get to know each other, they develop a mutual respect, and this helps them fight the dangerous men who are chasing them. The two women eventually become sisters-in-arms and keep the stolen money.[2]



The director used Álex de la Iglesia's graphic work for production design.[3][4]

It was filmed in Bilbao, Bakio, Santurce, Okondo, Getaria, Gipuzkoa and Arrieta,[5] in the Basque region of Spain.[6] The city of Bilbao gave the film a neo-noir look with a post modern-twist.[7]

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It has also been called "a satisfactory thriller".[9]

One reviewer noted that the film was "a strange mixture of thriller and comedy", it has "great set pieces" but an "excessively jumbled script". It is an "irregular but sympathetic product".[1]


  1. ^ a b "ALL FOR THE PASTA (1991, Enrique Urbizu)" (in Spanish). 19 August 2004. Retrieved 26 August 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Barry Jordan and Rikki Morgan-Tamosunas Contemporary Spanish Cinema, p. 191, at Google Books
  3. ^ Dona Kercher Latin Hitchcock: How Almodóvar, Amenábar, De la Iglesia, Del Toro, and Campanella became Notorious, p. 137, at Google Books
  4. ^ Antonio Lazaro-Reboll Spanish Horror Film, p. 300, at Google Books
  5. ^ "Todo por la pasta (1991) Filming & Production". Retrieved 26 August 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Enrique Ávila López Modern Spain, p. 357, at Google Books
  7. ^ Myrto Konstantarakos (editor) Spaces in European Cinema, p. 133, at Google Books
  8. ^ "Enrique Urbizu". Retrieved 26 August 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Joan Ramon Resina (editor) Burning Darkness: A Half Century of Spanish Cinema, p. 5, at Google Books

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