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La Cucaracha (1998)

A desperate writer fights for survival when the Mexican mob involves him in murder.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Herberto Ortega
James McManus ...
Louis Graves
Tara Crespo ...
Lourdes Aguirre
Enrique Rinaldo ...
Woman Patient
Hotel Proprietor
Louis' Wife (as Felicia Khoja)
Armando José Durán ...
Federale (as Armando Jose Duran)
Fruit Vendor (as Alejandro Patino)
Fred Herrera ...
Los Trovadores Mariachi Band Member
Felipe De La Rosa ...
Los Trovadores Mariachi Band Member
Anselmo Rivera ...
Los Trovadores Mariachi Band Member


Walter has problems. He's an American who's recently moved to a small Mexican village where he wants to live and write, but he barely knows the language and has no money. He wants to write but has no idea how to do this and he has nothing in the US to go back to. He spends his nights in a broke down abandoned shed by the lake trying to write and he spends his days in a local tavern drinking local beer he can't afford and receiving some food on the account of the barkeeper's pity. He's truly a lost man waiting for something to happen and save him. That's when a shady man who writes epitaphs for the recently departed introduces himself. He wants Walter to do a job for him. A powerful local man committed a grave crime against his boss, a powerful shady local businessman, and he needs to die. Walter is offered 100 000 US dollars to be the triggerman. After some consideration, Walter accepts the offer, since they'll kill him if he doesn't, now that he knows their illegal plan. Besides, ... Written by Anonymous

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To live the life he's always dreamed of he'll have to do the unthinkable. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

23 April 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Botcsinálta bérgyilkos  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,692 (USA) (23 April 1999)


$32,142 (USA) (28 May 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


James McManus' initial plan for the story was based on the idea of a man in a wheelchair rolling down a hill with guns blazing, akin to John Wayne in True Grit (1969). See more »


Las Golondrinas
Traditional Ethnic Source Music Arranged and Produced by Fred Herrera
Performed by Los Trovadores
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20 May 1999 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly good script, with solid tight direction. Performances settle undaringly into the conventions of the genre, and for those who want to see the familiar unwind before them once again, this film will more than satisfy. Die hard noir buffs who insist on being astonished every time out by every twist and double cross will find this is no Maltese Falcon by far. And likewise those who dislike noir will find this gruesome and disgusting (both physically and morally).

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