What is money heist?
Money heist is a Spanish tele-novella called La casa de papel translated in English to mean THE HOUSE OF PAPER. it was first premiered in 2017. it currently have two seasons. in this post, we are going to walk you through everything about the Spanish telenovella. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE FULL SERIES HERE
STORY OF MONEY HEIST
The story of the most streamed series of all time money heist is in three parts, The first two parts revolves around a long-prepared, multi-day assault on the Royal Mint of Spain in which a team of people take hostages as part of their plan to print and escape with €2.4 billion. It involves nine robbers: Tokyo (Úrsula Corberó), the Professor (Álvaro Morte), Moscow (Paco Tous), Berlin (Pedro Alonso), Nairobi (Alba Flores), Rio (Miguel Herrán), Denver (Jaime Lorente), Helsinki (Darko Peric) and Oslo (Roberto Garcia Rui), as they battle with hostage Arturo Román (Enrique Arce) on the inside, and inspector Raquel Murillo (Itziar Ituño) and Colonel Prieto (Juan Fernández) on the outside. The third part revolves around an assault on the Bank of Spain. After over two years, the robbers are forced out of hiding, and with the fall of two of the robbers, the group gains former hostage Mónica Gaztambide (Stockholm) (Esther Acebo) and Raquel (Lisbon), as well as Bogotá (Hovik Keuchkerian), Palermo (Rodrigo de la Serna) and Marseille (Luka Peros), as they battle inspector Alicia Sierra (Najwa Nimri) and Colonel Luis Tamayo (Fernando Cayo) on the outside.
MONEY HEIST CAST AND CHARACTERS
- Úrsula Corberó as Silene Oliveira (Tokyo) – the protagonist and narrator; she was a runaway robber until scouted by the Professor to participate in his plan.
- Itziar Ituño as Raquel Murillo (Lisbon) – an inspector of the National Police Corps who is put in charge of the case until she joins the group in part 3.
- Álvaro Morte as Sergio Marquina (The Professor / Salvador “Salva” Martín) – the mastermind of the heist who assembled the group and Berlin’s brother.
- Paco Tous as Agustín Ramos dos Hermanas (Moscow) (part 1–2; featured part 3) – a former miner turned criminal and Denver’s father.
- Pedro Alonso as Andrés de Fonollosa (Berlin) – a terminally ill jewel thief and the Professor’s second-in-command and brother.
- Alba Flores as Ágata Jiménez (Nairobi) – an expert in forgery in charge of printing the money for the group.
- Miguel Herrán as Aníbal Cortés (Rio) – a young hacker and Tokyo’s boyfriend.
- Jaime Lorente as Daniel Ramos (Denver) – Moscow’s son who joins him in the heist.
- Esther Acebo as Mónica Gaztambide (Stockholm) – one of the hostages who is Arturo Román’s secretary and mistress, carrying his child out of wedlock. During the robbery, she falls in love with Denver and becomes an accomplice to the group.
- Enrique Arce as Arturo Román – a hostage and the Director of the Royal Mint of Spain.
- María Pedraza as Alison Parker (part 1–2) – a hostage and daughter of the British ambassador to Spain.
- Darko Peric as Yashin Dasáyev (Helsinki) – a veteran Serbian soldier and Oslo’s cousin.
- Kiti Mánver as Mariví Fuentes (part 1–2; featured part 3) – Raquel’s mother.
- Hovik Keuchkerian as Bogotá (part 3) – an expert in metallurgy that joins the robbery of the Bank of Spain.
- Rodrigo de la Serna as Martín (Palermo / The Engineer) (part 3) – an old friend of Berlin’s who planned the robbery of the Bank of Spain with him and assumes his place as commanding officer.
- Najwa Nimri as Alicia Sierra (part 3) – a pregnant inspector of the National Police Corps put in charge of the case after Raquel’s departure from the force.
- Roberto Garcia Ruiz as Radko Dragic (Oslo / Dimitri Mostovói) (part 1–2; featured part 3) – a veteran Serbian soldier and Helsinki’s cousin.
- Fernando Soto as Ángel Rubio – a deputy inspector and Raquel’s second-in-command.
- Juan Fernández as Colonel Prieto – a member of the Spanish Intelligence who oversees Raquel’s work on the case.
- Anna Gras as Mercedes Colmenar (part 1–2) – Alison’s teacher and one of the hostages.
- Fran Morcillo as Pablo Ruiz (part 1) – Alison’s schoolmate and one of the hostages.
- Clara Alvarado as Ariadna Cascales (part 1–2) – one of the hostages who work on the Mint.
- Mario de la Rosa as Suárez – the chief of the Grupo Especial de Operaciones.
- Miquel García Borda as Alberto Vicuña (part 1–2) – Raquel’s ex-husband and forensic examiner.
- Naia Guz as Paula Vicuña Murillo – Raquel and Alberto’s daughter.
- Luka Peros as Marseille (part 3) – a member of the gang that joins the robbery of the Bank of Spain.
- Fernando Cayo as Colonel Luis Tamayo (part 3) – a member of the Spanish Intelligence that oversees Alicia’s work in the case.
MONEY HEIST SEASON ONE
Under the guidance of a mysterious man called “The Professor”, a group of robbers, Tokyo, Rio, Berlin, Nairobi, Denver, Moscow, Oslo, and Helsinki, invade the Royal Mint of Spain wearing red jumpsuits and Salvador Dalí masks, and take hold of 67 hostages as part of their plan to print, and escape with, €2.4 billion. Raquel Murillo, a police investigator is put in charge of the case, unaware that the mastermind is closer than she could ever imagine.
The robbers begin to print the money while Arturo Román, one of the hostages, starts making plans for escaping, assisted by his secretary and mistress Mónica Gaztambide, who is carrying his child. Mónica is caught with a cell phone while planning the escape, and is ordered, by Berlin, to be killed by Denver. Meanwhile, Rio makes a mistake that leads to his and Tokyo’s identities being discovered by the police.
Believing that Denver executed Mónica under Berlin’s orders, Moscow, Denver’s father, is devastated and considers turning himself in. Meanwhile, Raquel becomes more intimately involved with her new friend Salva, oblivious to the fact that it is a pseudonym assumed by the Professor.
Raquel sends her police partner Ángel Rubio undercover with a medic team that is allowed inside the Mint to treat Arturo, who was mistaken for one of the robbers and shot by the police. However, the Professor sees through her move, and comes with his own plan to gain an advantage on her by inserting a bug into Ángel’s glasses.
The Professor runs ahead of the police to get rid of an important piece of evidence that can endanger his plans, their finger prints in a car at a scrap yard that Helsinki neglected to destroy. Meanwhile, Denver treats Mónica in a secret location after he shot her leg to forge her execution, and they end up becoming closer.
As the Professor rushes out of the scrap yard, a man sees him. The Professor threatens to kill the man’s family if the facial composite of his description looks like him. Berlin discovers that Denver did not kill Mónica as ordered and believing that his identity was exposed because of him, comes close to executing him for his disobedience.
The robbers initiate a plan to use the hostages to stall the police and gain more time, but Raquel takes the chance to reveal a secret that Berlin has kept from the others—he only has a few months left to live due to a terminal illness—increasing the mistrust among them and makes an attempt to convince Rio to surrender.
Raquel loses her trust in Ángel, who is unaware of the bug the robbers planted in his glasses, while Arturo prepares another plan to escape, but becomes devastated upon discovering Mónica and Denver’s affair. Ángel, who is taken off the case, is in a coma after a car accident while drunk, discovered the Professor’s identity through fingerprints taken from his cider factory—a front for his hideout.
Thanks to Arturo’s plan, 16 hostages manage to escape and Oslo is on the brink of death after he is beaten by some of the hostages. Before his car accident, Ángel had left several voice mails on Raquel’s mobile phone, as well as one on her landline, exclaiming that Salva was the one behind the heist. Raquel’s mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease, listens to Ángel’s message, writes it down, and tries calling Raquel’s phone. When Raquel does not answer, she calls Salva for him to pass along the message. The Professor realises that he must kill Raquel’s mother. He goes to her home and poisons her coffee, but cannot go through with it and slaps the cup out of her hand. When she thinks it was her fault, he realises that she has Alzheimer’s disease and simply deletes the messages and her note. Later, Raquel brings Salva along to Toledo and finds the robbers’ villa, where they planned the heist.
A team of police are brought to the discovered villa and search through “evidence” planted by the Professor earlier. Raquel’s ex-husband Alberto is called in to lead the forensics examination, and finds burned evidence on the Professor in the chimney. Salva gets a ride back to Madrid with Alberto, and purposely causes a fight with Alberto, leaving him unconscious for a short period of time, enough time to erase that piece of evidence that can compromise him. When Alberto awakes, he arrests the Professor and brings him to jail. The Professor uses the bathroom at the prison and beats himself up to make it look like it was done by Alberto. He calls Raquel who helps release him. Meanwhile, the robbers start losing hope after many hours without news from the Professor, and Tokyo begins a mutiny after becoming restless. Berlin ties Tokyo to a table and rolls her out of the Mint, where she is captured by the police.
After Berlin turns Tokyo to the police for threatening him, Rio wants revenge. Now as one of the hostages, Rio joins forces with Arturo in another escape plan with Mónica’s help. Berlin comes close to killing Rio.
By the Professor’s promise that he will free Tokyo from the police, Rio rejoins the robbers and helps them stop Arturo’s latest escape plan. Meanwhile, Raquel sets a trap for the Professor by creating a hoax that Ángel has awakened from his coma, in hopes it would lure him to the hospital to finish him off before he can identify the Professor. The Professor, sceptical of the announcement, casts dozens of clowns at the hospital and dresses up like one, blending in with the crowd while confirming the hoax. Later, while Salva meets with Raquel at a cafe, an orange hair from his clown wig was left on his jacket, which catches the eye of Raquel, finally realising that Salva is the Professor.
MONEY HEIST SEASON TWO
Over two years after the heist, Arturo gives a talk to a large crowd condemning the fugitive members of the gang who held him and others hostage at the Mint as “terrorists”. Meanwhile, Tokyo and Rio have relocated to Guna Yala, Panama, Nairobi and Helsinki to La Pampa, Argentina, and Denver, Mónica and her baby to Java, Indonesia. Wanting a change of scenery, Tokyo leaves Rio in Guna Yala for the city. As she leaves, Rio gives her one of two phones so they can still communicate, phones which he bought on the black market in Casablanca from a Libyan claiming to be unregistered. Three days later, the two use the phones, and their signal is immediately detected by Interpol. The Panamanian police trap and arrest Rio, but Tokyo escapes. She calls the Professor using a secure line, and is transported to Thailand where they meet. Meanwhile, Rio is tortured. The Professor, alongside Raquel, gets the gang back together to rescue Rio. The professor enlists three new members into the gang and begins planning an assault on the Bank of Spain.
The Professor initiates the plan to rob the Bank of Spain using airships to release money across Madrid. The government responds by mobilizing the army, which the robbers use to provide cover and entry into the Bank. In flashbacks, the Professor recruits Martín, an experienced thief and former associate to replace Berlin (Andrés). The Professor and Martín (now code-named “Palermo”) explain that their strategy for this robbery is based on Aikido, a martial art that uses an enemy’s force to create an advantage. As the robbers enter the Bank, public sentiment rallies to their side in the form of mass government protests and riots over the illegal imprisonment of Rio, demanding that he receive a public trial.
While commandeering the Bank, the robbers engage in a series of intense conflicts with guards and government officials. Palermo is temporarily blinded in the struggle, but retains command after Nairobi removes glass shrapnel from his eyes, and the guards restrained. The robbers locate accomplices among the hostages who were previously planted in the Bank and go to work on opening the vault, which is rigged to flood with water once tampered with. One of the new members of the crew, Bógota, uses his expertise in diving and welding to overcome the lock down, granting access to the gold. In flashbacks, Andrés and Martín explain the plan for breaking into the vault, explaining that every step of the plan requires 100 percent commitment and perfection to work, leaving no room for error.
The crew begins the next phase of the robbery while the Professor addresses the new government officials from the intelligence directorate. Colonel Tamayo and Alicia Sierra prove to be formidable adversaries, as they quickly realize that they must change their strategies drastically from the first robbery. Sierra tortures Rio for more information and Tamayo plans a full assault on the Mint with Suárez. The robbers reveal that they know about a second, secret vault behind the gold and attempt to persuade the governor of the bank to open it for them. When he refuses, Denver hits him, triggering a seizure; they resuscitate him and use explosives instead.
A love interest between Palermo and Helsinki is revealed. Given no other option, the robbers detonate the inner vault door inside the flooded main chamber. It works and grants them access to “the red boxes”—cases filled with government secrets that were too dangerous to lock anywhere else. Tamayo’s assault begins, taking the robbers and the Professor by surprise. To stall for time and prevent bloodshed, Denver runs into the line of fire with a truce flag carrying two of the red cases, which forces Tamayo to stop. He reveals to Sierra the contents of the cases and that the Professor has the advantage—an attack might force the robbers to make the secrets public. However, Sierra is able to unbalance the Professor and Raquel Murillo (now code-named “Lisbon”), with psychological taunting. Inside the bank, the team divides when Nairobi and Palermo disagree over the use of force on the unruly restrained guards. Nairobi reveals her love for Helsinki and berates Palermo for not acting on his feelings for Berlin when he was alive.
In flashbacks, the Professor discusses the plans for the bank with Martín, Andrés, and Andrés’ love interest, Tatiana, where he is immediately alarmed at how much she knows. Andrés defends her, stating that he is in love, but the professor vehemently disagrees, arguing that the first rule of the heist must be to forego personal attachments. In the present, Sierra plans to neutralize the Professor’s blackmail leverage by releasing false information to the media. Tamayo agrees and organizes a second breach. The Professor and Lisbon have an argument and lose communication with the team inside the bank, just after learning this. Having relied on mobile transportation and broadcasting, they become stuck when a tree breaks their antenna and the wheels sink in mud. They narrowly escape detection with the help of some sympathetic local farmers. They then manage to inform the team of the breach 10 minutes before it happens, who defeat, capture, unclothe, and humiliate the breaching team by forcing them sing “Bella ciao” on video. Given no other option, Tamayo and Sierra agree to release Rio in exchange for breaching team and 40 hostages.
Sierra prepares Rio for release at a military hospital. At the exchange, Rio is shocked by the massive crowds gathered in support of the robbers, wearing red jumpsuits and Dalí masks. The exchange proceeds smoothly and he rejoins the robbers. During the reunion, the police and government intelligence team listen in on their conversations, having planted a listening device inside Rio before releasing him. In flashbacks, the Professor instructs the team, preparing them to detect and remove these devices surgically from Rio, if the time comes. After speaking with Rio, the Professor says that he deserves, “a little vacation”, the code phrase that confirms he is bugged. He instructs Tokyo to act normal in spite of the listening device, as he hopes to use their sexual intimacy to convince the police that the listening device is working. Privately, Rio breaks up with Tokyo, believing that she will be better off with someone else. Nairobi surgically removes the listening device. The police manage to locate the Professor and Lisbon using a drone, forcing them to separate and try to escape on foot; the professor camouflages himself in a tree, while Lisbon is unable, she takes shelter in a barn.
Tokyo drinks herself into a semi-stupor as a result of her breakup and insults Rio as a coping mechanism for her emotional pain. In the forest, a massive manhunt begins for the Professor and Raquel. Raquel is discovered in the barn by a farmer and his wife, which begins a Mexican Standoff and a negotiation between Raquel and the farmers. The robbers create a diversion to make the police think they are escaping, drawing resources away from the manhunt. Afterwards, Sierra plans to use Nairobi’s son, whom she had lost custody as a result of using him as a mule, as a pawn to psychologically destabilise Nairobi while the police prepare a full assault on the bank using an armoured car. Suárez and his men close in on Raquel’s position as Raquel bargains with the farmers for her freedom by offering a reward greater than that of the police. Sierra brings Nairobi’s son, Axel, in front of the bank, luring Nairobi to a window. Sierra gives the green light for a police sniper to shoot; Nairobi is shot in the chest. As the robbers scramble to aid an exsanguinating Nairobi, the police begin the assault. In the forest Suárez and the Civil Guard find Raquel and remove the farmers from the barn. The Professor hears gunshots over Raquel’s microphone, assuming she is executed, he becomes distraught. Palermo radios the Professor to inform him of the incoming assault and the Professor declares DEFCON 2, meaning war. Tokyo and Rio rush into firing position with RPG-7s and fire on the approaching armoured car, destroying it. It is revealed that Raquel is alive and in custody, with Tokyo narrating that the Professor had fallen for his own trap, that Sierra had ordered Suárez to fake an execution to elicit a drastic response, stating that “the war had begun.”