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"Pega pega" is a Brazilian telenovela written by Claudia Souto for Rede Globo. It's an original story, it started airing on June 6, 2017 and concluded on January 8, 2018 with 184 episodes. The main stars are Camila Queiroz, Mateus Solano, Vanessa Giácomo and Thiago Martins.

Synopsis

Set in Rio de Janeiro, between the neighborhoods of Copacabana and Tijuca, 'Pega pega' has as its central plot the theft in the rich and famous Hotel Carioca Palace. On the verge of bankruptcy, the millionaire Pedrinho Guimarães, owner of the hotel, sells it to accomplished businessman Eric Ribeiro. Pedrinho however but did not count that his granddaughter Luíza would fall in love with the businessman although she is not aware at first that Eric is the new owner of the hotel.

Cheated by the two men she loves the most, Luiza is left devastated when the millionaire robbery occurs in the middle of her birthday party. The crime was conceived by the concierge Malagueta, who convinced his friends and staffers, the waiter Júlio, the receptionist Agnaldo and the maid Sandra Helena to execute the plan. At first they hesitate, but then, faced with limiting situations in the life of each, they come to participate in the robbery; crime will however mess with everyone's life.

Investigator of the robbery case, the adventurous Antonia, an incorruptible professional, will have a challenge that goes beyond unraveling the mystery - she will eventually fall in love with Júlio, the "repentant thief" who was involved in the robbery.

The criminal quartet, that cannot spend the money to not raise suspicions, continues working normally in the Carioca Palace, hoping that the place decrees bankruptcy and the whole staff gets dismissed.

Trivia

  • Working title for the telenovela was 'Pega ladrão'.
  • In July of 2013, Claudia Souto presented a synopsis to the Forum of Dramaturgy, but she was chosen to work on Daniel Ortiz's telenovela 'Alto astral' instead. In August of 2015, she presented another synopsis. In November of the same year, Walcyr Carrasco, with whom the author collaborated in three telenovelas, was appointed as supervisor of her first telenovela, but he quickly denied the information.
  • Andreia Horta was chosen for the main protagonist role, however she was replaced with Vanessa Giácomo due to scheduling conflict with Horta's miniseries about the deceased Brazilian singer Elis Regina.
  • José Loreto was considered for the role of the main villain. Due to the similarities to his previous role on 'Haja coração', he was replaced with João Baldasserini.
  • To understand the routine of how a hotel works, actors had hotel classes. Camila Queiroz moved to Rio de Janeiro and took speech therapy classes to minimize her interior São Paulo accent.
  • The first episode of the telenovela scored 28.8 (29%) rating in São Paulo, index higher than the last two first telenovela episodes - 'Rock Story' and 'Haja coração', being the largest audience ever since 'Cheias de charme', shown in 2012, with 35 points. The last episoded had 36% rating. The telenovela's general average was 29 points becoming the third most assisted telenovela of the decade being surpassed only by 'Morde and assopra' and 'Cheias de charme'.
  • Curiously, despite the high audience, 'Pega pega' had little impact on social networks, other than 'Cheias de charme', which became a benchmark for success.
  • In the final episode, there was a well-publicized crossover to promote 'Pega pega's successor in the timeslot, period telenovela 'Deus salve o rei'. Marina Ruy Barbosa, who played the female protagonist on the show, appeared in 'Pega' as an imagination princess to children's characters.
  • Guilherme Weber, who played Douglas on 'Pega pega', also appeared in a crossover episode in Globo's telenovela 'A força do querer'. He had a small scene with Edson Celulari's and Bruna Linzmeyer's characters. Coincidentally, Bruna also guest starred in the final episode of 'Pega pega' as Domênico's new love interest.

Cast

Main cast

ACTOR / ACTRESS ROLE
Camila Queiroz Luíza Guimarães
Mateus Solano Eric Ribeiro
Vanessa Giácomo Antônia Almeida
Thiago Martins Júlio Mendes da Silva
Marcelo Serrado Vitor 'Malagueta' Nunes Aguiar
Mariana Santos Maria Pia Camargo Neves e Silva
Nanda Costa Sandra Helena dos Passos Reis
João Baldasserini Agnaldo Macedo
Marcos Caruso Pedro William 'Pedrinho' Guimarães
Irene Ravache Sabine Favre
Valentina Herszage Elizabeth 'Bebeth' Castro Ribeiro
Elizabeth Savalla Arlete Almeida Mendes da Silva
Nicette Bruno Elza Mendes da Silva
Cristina Pereira Maria dos Prazeres Mendes da Silva
Marcos Veras Domênico Wilson
Bruna Spínola Cíntia Muniz
Rodrigo Fagundes Nelito Almeida
Guilherme Weber Douglas Saldanha
Reginaldo Faria Athaíde Neves e Silva
Ângela Vieira Lígia Camargo Neves e Silva
Milton Gonçalves Cristovão Souza Damião
David Júnior Dom Favre (Aristides 'Tidinho' Souza Damião)
Ícaro Silva Dílson Souza Damião
Virgínia Rosa Maria Madalena 'Madá' Souza Damião
Danton Mello Rodrigo Borges
Dani Barros Tereza Pereira Borges
Jaffar Bambirra Márcio Pereira Borges
Leandra Caetano Adriana 'Drica' Pereira Borges
Gabriel Sanches Rúbia Richards (Flávio)
Paulo Vilhena Evandro Torres
Júlia Lund Mônica Ramos (Catarina Medeiros)
Rômulo Neto Lourenço Gaia
Marcelo Escorel Siqueira Motta
Jeniffer Nascimento Tânia Alencar
Edvana Carvalho Dulcina Tavares dos Passos Reis
Edmilson Barros Aníbal Tavares
Antônio Guilherme Cabral Gabriel Saldanha
Álamo Facó Matias
Bernardo Marinho Wanderley Macedo
Cacá Amaral Timóteo Nunes Filho
Márcio Kieling Adriano Torres Torresini
Sérgio Menezes Sérgio
Fábio Felipe Expedito
Thiaré Maia Natália
Regiana Antonini Neide
Beto Vandesteen Chef D’Angelo
Pedro Cassiano Xavier
Isabela Lima Ingrid
João Villa Jefferson
Rodrigo Mathias Murilo
Gilberto Marmorosch Gilmar
Rômulo Delduque Renato
Luís Navarro Leonardo
Natasha Sierra Margot
Rafhaela Castro Gilda
Ana Isabela Godinho Nina
Zecarlos Moreno Otávio
Bruno Nunes Elias
Guilherme Chelucci James

Guest cast

ACTOR / ACTRESS ROLE
Adriano Petermann Supermarket Manager
Alessandro Lima Rouge
Alexandra Richter Walquíria Lazarini
Alex Brasil Doctor
Alice Assef Karla
Ana Paula Botelho Malagueta's Neighbor
Anna Rita Cerqueira Letícia
André Teixeira Agnaldo's Cellmate
Aracy Balabanian Mariazinha Pires de Saboya
Aramis Trindade Rômulo
Bruna Linzmeyer Bruna
Bruno Astuto Himself
Bruno Chateaubriand Himself
Camilla Amado Marieta Lazarini
Carlos Fonteboa Jarbas
Cee Lo Green Himself
Chico Mello Justo
Cíntia Dicker Ulla Berger
Cirilo Luna Luiza's Admirerer
Cláudia Paiva Vendor
Cristhina Amadeo Cristina
Daniel Dantas Judge
Dan Torres Himself
Dudu Bertholini Himself
Erlene Melo Actor in Borges' Theatre
Evelyn Regly Herself
Fábio Villa Verde Santana
Flávio Pardal Cleber
Francisco Cuoco Chico
Gabriela Argento Cirque de Soleil Performer
Gavin James Himself
Geovanna Tominaga Yumi
Gilberto Barros Himself
Gláucio Gomes Hermes França
Guida Vianna Cleide Aguiar
Gustavo Novaes Antônia's Denouncer
Gustavo Otoni Judge
Henrique Neves Valdemir
Henrique Taxman Timóteo's Lawyer
Gerbert Richers Jr. Millionaire
Hugo Gloss Himself
Isaac Bernat Walquíria's Lawyer
Isabel Gueron Dr. Paloma
Ivens Godinho Miranda
Ivo Gandra TV Reporter
Jack Berraquero Homeless Man
Jaime Leibovitch Piérre
Jorge Lucas Monteiro
Juliana Guimarães Valdemir's Wife
Julianne Trevisol Carolina Gusmão
Júlio Braga Sabine's Doctor
Kéfera Buchmann Herself
Lala Rudge Herself
Lana Guelero Carioca Palace's Ex-Employee
Lellezinha Herself
Liege Monteiro Herself
Lourinelson Vladmir Prosecutor
Lucci Ferreira Cássio
Luciana Malcher Bus Driver
Luiz Fernando Coutinho Himself
Luka Ribeiro Agnaldo's Cellmate
Macksin Oliveira Criminal Expert
Marcelo Borghi Violino
Marcelo Souto Maior Prison Officer
Marcos Hollanda Road Agent
Marina Rigueira Mirella Castro Ribeiro
Marina Ruy Barbosa Amália
Mayara Lepre Raquel
Michel Bercovitch Sidney Lopes
Nandho Brandão Kika
Natasha Sierra Margot
Natasha Stransky Alfonso's Secretary
Nilvan Santos Club Doorman
Orã Figueiredo Marco
Paulo Carvalho Pedrinho's Doctor
Paulo Hamilton Canivete
Pietro Mário Barrel Organ Musician
Regina Duarte Herself
Regina Gutman Isabel Pereira
Remo Rocha Dr. Antônio
Robson Santos Prison Office
Sérgio Stern Jewelry Vendor
Tarciana Saad Store Manager
Tatá Werneck Herself
Thiago Abravanel Bóris
Walney Aguiar Prison Officer
Wanderson Petão Eric's Security Guard
Wilson Rabello Cleomar
Yan Chi Georgey
Zeca Carvalho Pedrinho's Accountant