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A Man Apart (2003)

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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 ...
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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Nothing left to live for......everything to fight for 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 USA:

$11,019,224, 6 April 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,183,197, 11 May 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,350,926, 18 January 2013
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Knockaround Guys (also from New Line Cinema) and A Man Apart were shelved for a year after the success of Vin Diesels previous movies The Fast and Furious and Triple X. New Line Cinema felt both movies would be more successful financially with a bigger name action star attached. See more »


Shadow of Camera is visible on Memo Lucero's taxi towards the beginning of the film. See more »


Sean Vetter: I like this car.
Hollywood Jack: Hey, nice truck.
Sean Vetter: Thanks.
Hollywood Jack: In fact, I was thinking about trading this one in for, like, seven of those.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bernie Mac/Good Charlotte (2003) See more »


Cumbia Negra
Written by Gerardo Varela
Performed by Cartagena Candombe
Courtesy of Arc Music Group
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Not Vin's Greatest Movie
18 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

I watched this movie a few days ago, i have to admit it's different from Vin's other movies, the story did not make much sense in some parts,it felt a little overcooked in others., and slow paced in the middle. While the movie had the explosions, gun fights and car chases, I felt that it was not about the violence/revenge as much as it was about Vin's character mourning his wife's death and choosing to do so in anger, it was his way of screaming, letting the world hear his pain.

The thing that really effected me is the relationship between Sean and Stacey, the connection they had, even though we did not see much in the beginning of the movie, i felt that they had a strong bond. The acting - in between the violent scenes is not half bad, specially Vin's scene at the hospital, it's heart breaking. It is a good start for Vin in to do more " human " normal everyday roles, we have to respect the guy for that.

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