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A Man Apart (2003)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  4 April 2003 (USA)
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A man known as Diablo emerges to head a drug cartel after the previous leader is imprisoned.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Geno Silva ...
Memo Lucero
Ty Frost
Mateo Santos
Pomona Joe
Hondo (as Marco Rodriguez)
Gustavo Leon
Big Sexy
Malieek Straughter ...
Jim Boeke ...
Bad Cop


Sean Vetter and Demetrius Hicks are members of the DEA who are fighting an ongoing drug war on the California/Mexico border, they are most successful at it because of their edge of growing up on the street and being thugs converted to cops. The DEA busts one of the major players by the name of "Memo" Lucero and imprison him in the United States but then a major player named Diablo then takes over the business and now he is now the major player targeted by Vetter and his team. But when Vetter's wife is killed in a botched hit organized by Diablo, he seeks revenge against those responsible and in the process has to seek help from the imprisoned Lucero in order to catch Diablo. But in the process, Vetter and Hicks have to fight their way up the chain to get to Diablo but it's easier said than done when all Vetter can focus on is revenge... Written by Anonymous

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When they took his love... they took his life. On April 4th. he's taking it back. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence, language, drug content and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Diablo  »

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Box Office


$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£527,730 (UK) (4 April 2003)


$790,742 (Brazil) (12 September 2003)

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Did You Know?


WILHELM SCREAM: Heard when one of the anti-drug agents is hit by gunfire during the raid on a Tijuana nightclub. See more »


When Vetter goes into Lucero's cell and lights his cigarette, we hear the clink of a zippo-style lighter, but see a flame that is obviously that of a disposable lighter. See more »


Demetrius Hicks: I know you don't like the police. Damn sure talkin' to a police in a attic. Back in the day, I couldn't stand the police, man. They used to fuck with us all the time, me and my homies, be rollin' down the street. They'd pull us over jackin' fools.
Overdose: You po-po!
Demetrius Hicks: I know!
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Concerning the action, starts off fresh but by the end is just getting repetitive!!!
4 July 2005 | by (Nelson, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

A Man Apart is nothing special but after the first 15 minutes I didn't think I'd be saying that in my comment. It starts off really well, exciting, good characters and it was moving along nice and quickly. While the good characters and the moving along kept up throughout the movie, the most important thing didn't - the excitement. The action sequences just became like Vin Diesel's acting voice - exactly the same the whole movie. The director tried his best to vary it (bombs, choking .etc) but these things never seemed to have any effect, for what reason I don't know. Also the storyline was unbelievably predictable.

There are a lot of action movie out there, a lot - you're not going to find anything new in this one.

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