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Alex Walker
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Phillip Mills
Jorge Cervera Jr. ...
Captain Diaz
Ernesto Laguardia ...
Detective Ortega
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Felix Crawley
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Rosita
José Escandón ...
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Gerardo Zepeda ...
Night Clerk
Pedro Altamirano ...
Motorcycle Cop
Anilú Pardo ...
Woman Mourner
Alejandro Bracho ...
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US merchant sailor Alex Walker (Kevin Anderson) is stranded in Mexico, penniless and wanted by the police. He meets and joins up with an unlikely couple - aging but likable shit Phillip Mills (John Lithgow) and young sexy, frustated wife Missy (Rosanna Arquette). The three develop a curiously inter-dependent relationship. Meanwhile, Police Captain Diaz and Detective Ortega are closing in and the plot circle is closed at Tapachula rail station amidst a stack of mistakes and wrong decisions. Written by Prof Robin Marshall <robin@m2.ph.man.ac.uk>

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Missy Mills: [shortly after having checked into their hotel room] Where are you goin'?
Phillip Mills: Water Closet. If they don't have one, I'm gonna' use the stairs.
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MONA
Written by Arsenio Rodriguez
Published by Edward B. Marks Music Corp.
Performed by Arsenio Rodriguez y su Magia
Courtesy of Bethlehem Music Company, Inc.
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An involving journey down Mexico way.
12 July 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Made for cable TV, "The Wrong Man" has the setup of a chase movie - Kevin Anderson has to go on the run after a murder he didn't commit - but writer Michael Thoma and director Jim McBride put the emphasis less on the pursuit than on the characters involved, turning it into a road movie with a bit of violence attached. (UK viewers note Anderson playing a character called Alexander Walker - also the name of one of Britain's leading [so I'm told] movie critics.)

The journey through Mexico isn't overflowing with action, but the interplay between Anderson and the couple he hooks up with - Ugly American John Lithgow and Sexy American wife Rosanna Arquette - keeps the attention; interlaced with wit and edge, the acting of all three principals and the refreshingly non-stereotyped Mexican police officers following the trail helps the movie seem like more than it is.

Leisurely paced without being boring, and pretty credible right up to its finale, "The Wrong Man" may not be up there with "Baby, It's You" or "The World According To Garp" in the CVs of Arquette and Lithgow, but it certainly is a long, long way from "Off The Wall" or "Raising Cain." And if all else fails, watch it for Rosanna's topless scenes (the scene in the hotel room makes it a must for Arquette fans, particularly the ones with penises).


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