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A Day Without a Mexican (2004)

When a mysterious fog surrounds the boundaries of California, there is a communication breakdown and all the Mexicans disappear, affecting the economy and the state stops working missing the Mexican workers and dwellers.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aunt Gigi
Talk Show Host
Ellen Abercombie (as Melinda R. Allen)
Frankie J. Allison ...
Oficer Carr (as Frankie Jay Allison)
Fernando Arau ...
Undocumented 1
Lila Rodriguez
Officer Sanchez
Arell Blanton ...
Cassidy Paige Bringas ...
Tracy Abercrombie
Brian Brophy ...
Barney Montana
Pilar Camporredondo ...
Lila's Mom (as Maria Camporredondo Neeley)


A thick fog surrounds California's borders, communication beyond state lines is cut off, and the Mexicans disappear: workers, spouses, and business owners are missing. Cars are abandoned in the street, food is left cooking on the stove. We meet the wife of a musician who's gone, a state Senator whose maid doesn't show up for work, and a farm owner whose produce is ripe and unpicked. A scientist asks any Mexicans who haven't disappeared to volunteer for genetic experiments: a female newscaster and the daughter of the musician may be the only missing links around. Why them? And where have all the Mexicans gone? Even the border guards grieve. The state and its economy grind to a halt. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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On May 14 there will be no Mexicans in California.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

21 May 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dzien bez Meksykanów  »

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Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$619,976 (USA) (14 May 2004)


$4,175,179 (USA) (19 November 2004)

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Did You Know?


The scenes on the empty San Diego streets were shot on 1 January, when there are few people about, because the production was unable to pay for closing them. See more »


The scenes in Stockton, California show orange groves in the background. There are no orange groves in Stockton. See more »

Crazy Credits

Disclaimer: "No Mexicans were harmed in the making of this film". See more »


Remake of A Day Without a Mexican (1998) See more »


Bent Nail
Written by Kevin Higgins
Performed by Cosmic Dust Devils
Imaginary Friend Publishing, Administered by Universal Publishing Latino
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Bore me to the max
12 June 2007 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

The premise for this movie is actually very interesting. The title alone drew me to watch this movie. What the viewer is left with is cheap production, boring idiotic "jokes" and mundane repetition of news scenes with bad acting. Some of the actors seem like they were picked off the streets or from community college acting classes.

The movie doesn't draw the viewer in, instead it psychologically irritates and alienates the viewer by butting unrelated scenes together (which one would think might have some overall meaning in the end, however this is not the case). Viewers are more so alienated by the constant fake news cast scenes. The movies banks all it's value on the fact that viewers will be able to relate to ignorant racist white Californians. Many scenes of this nature are played out to exhaustingly boring exaggeration.

Don't waste your time on this movie as it has nothing to do with the reality of the Hispanic/white culture of California.

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