6.4/10
310
13 user 10 critic

La Cucaracha (1998)

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

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A hardened New Orleans cop, Dave Robicheaux, finally tosses in the badge and settles into life on the bayou with his wife. But a bizarre plane crash draws him back into the fray when his family is viciously threatened.

Director: Phil Joanou
Stars: Alec Baldwin, Kelly Lynch, Mary Stuart Masterson
The Ambulance (1990)
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Josh Baker meets a very special woman, Cheryl, in the streets of New York. Suddenly she collapses, and she's picked up by an ambulance. When Josh wants to visit her in the hospital, it ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Cohen
Stars: Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones, Megan Gallagher
Dark Age (1987)
Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In the Australian outback, a park ranger and two local guides set out to track down a giant crocodile that has been killing and eating the local populace. During the hunt, one of the guides... See full summary »

Director: Arch Nicholson
Stars: John Jarratt, Nikki Coghill, Max Phipps
The Big Empty (1997)
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A woman hires P.I. Lloyd Meadows to investigate her husband, a respectable social worker. What seemed to be a simple case of adultery turns into an ugly mess fast.

Director: Jack Perez
Stars: James McManus, Ellen Goldwasser, Pablo Bryant
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Ken Boyd, a lonely man fresh out of the loony bin, who sets out to kill those he deems responsible for his miserable life.

Director: Jack Perez
Stars: Kevin Corrigan, Barry Bostwick, Karen Black
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The Cucaracha is a brave woman soldier who leads a group of similar women into the fray against the forces of the Villa colonel, Zeta.

Director: Ismael Rodríguez
Stars: María Félix, Dolores del Rio, Emilio Fernández
Drone Wars (2016)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

Filled with smoke and fire, the sky is littered with ships hovering above for miles in every direction. These ships reap the Earth of all its resources, while drones patrol the now ruined cities.

Director: Jack Perez
Stars: Corin Nemec, Whitney Moore, Nathin Butler
Lonely Hearts (1991)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Alma, a lonely woman, falls for the conman who steals her money after seducing her. Frank doesn't want Alma around him, but he cannot do anything about the situation in case she goes to the... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Lane
Stars: Eric Roberts, Beverly D'Angelo, Joanna Cassidy
La Cucaracha (1934)
Short | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Señor Martinez, a famous theater owner, visits a local café in Mexico because of its reputation for good food and to audition the famous dancer who performs there. Martinez tells the café ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Corrigan
Stars: Steffi Duna, Don Alvarado, Paul Porcasi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Walter Pool
...
Jose Guerra
...
Herberto Ortega
James McManus ...
Louis Graves
Tara Crespo ...
Lourdes Aguirre
...
Orderly
Enrique Rinaldo ...
Manuel
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

23 April 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Botcsinálta bérgyilkos  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,692, 25 April 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,142, 30 May 1999
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Soundtracks

La Bamba
Traditional Ethnic Source Music Arranged and Produced by Fred Herrera
Performed by Los Trovadores
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hate Noir? Leave. Love Noir? Leave. Like Noir So-So? Just Right...
20 May 1999 | by 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).


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page