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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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2.35 : 1
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WILHELM SCREAM: Heard when one of the anti-drug agents is hit by gunfire during the raid on a Tijuana nightclub. See more »


Vetter's Dodge truck clearly blocks Jack's Porsche preventing him from leaving, although later in the scene it is backed up giving plenty of room for Jack to leave. See more »


[after Jack sarcastically claims he will trade his Porsche for Sean's truck]
Sean Vetter: Ah... Let me get your license and registration, please.
Hollywood Jack: May I, um, ask what I did?
Sean Vetter: Yeah, your mud flaps. You got no mud flaps on this.
Hollywood Jack: It's a fuckin' Porsche.
Sean Vetter: Well you won't have to worry about it when you trade it in for the truck.
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Written by Peter Hayes, Robert Turner and Nicholas Jago
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Below average...
4 May 2007 | by (Monaco) – See all my reviews

A slightly below average movie. The film starts off well enough, but it soon gets entangled into scores of clichés as old as the cinematic art itself. Another drawback in this motion picture is Diesel's acting (mind you, I had just praised his work in 'Knockaround guys' a couple of days ago). It is not up to par, he does not manage to inspire any feeling for his character in the viewer, thence we cannot sympathize with his pain. The plot itself is a cliché in it's own way, there is nothing new there to awaken our curiosity, and considering that the screenplay, production, camera and Direction are all nothing more than average, we are left with a product that will not remain in our memories for very long.

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