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The Wrong Man (1993)

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 ... See full summary »

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Missy Mills
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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 ...
Balneario Clerk
Álvaro Carcaño ...
Bus Driver
Ted Swanson ...
First Mate
Paco Morayta ...
Bartender
Gerardo Zepeda ...
Night Clerk
Pedro Altamirano ...
Motorcycle Cop
Anilú Pardo ...
Woman Mourner
Alejandro Bracho ...
Lieutenant
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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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5 September 1993 (USA)  »

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Caminhos Errados  »

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Quotes

Captain Diaz: You killed Felix Crawley, didn't you, Señor Mills?
Phillip Mills: I guess you spicoes ain't so dumb after all.
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BLUE MOONLIGHT
Written by Cesar Rosa and Louis Perez
Published by Ceros / No K.D. Music
Administered by Bug Music
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good mise-en-scene
15 September 2007 | by (Cambridge NY) – See all my reviews

A couple of points that haven't been mentioned: Setting aside the plot, this flic has very good Mexican mise-en-scene, at MANY different points. It's up there with "Bring me the head of Alfredo G." for capturing the feel of Mexico. For instance, the wonderful cloudy scenes at the start, of the port city. {Where is this? I think it's supposed to be Veracruz, but does not look at all like the V. city that I recalled, in terms of the geography...) Also, I very much liked that decaying motel in the jungle-- where things really get crazy between our jolly trio.

Second, the soundtrack is by Los Lobos so you have the enjoyable moody "wrong man theme" during these opening shots of the port city. Also a soulful ballad, as the credits roll up, at the end.

The biggest liability is Anderson, who is so insipid, has none of the appeal that one would hope from a lead "hero." This leaves a sorry hole at the center of the movie. (On the other hand, I rather liked Lithgow's nutty over-acting.) Definitely recommended for those who'd like a brief Mexican getaway.


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