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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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Aunt Gigi
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Talk Show Host
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Ellen Abercombie (as Melinda R. Allen)
Frankie J. Allison ...
Oficer Carr (as Frankie Jay Allison)
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Undocumented 1
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Lila Rodriguez
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Nick
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Officer Sanchez
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Suzy
Arell Blanton ...
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Tracy Abercrombie
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Barney Montana
Pilar Camporredondo ...
Lila's Mom (as Maria Camporredondo Neeley)
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Cata
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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.


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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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6 August 2004 (Mexico)  »

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Hova tűntek a mexikóiak?  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

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

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

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Referenced in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The Christmas Show (2006) See more »

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Sin Decir Adios
Written by Sergio Arau
Performed by Los Yoguis
Imaginary Friend Publishing, Administered by Universal Publishing Latino
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Promising Idea Wasted in a Soap-Opera with One Joke Only
3 June 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

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.

"A Day without a Mexican" is a promising idea about the importance of Mexican immigrants the in the economy of California. There are several references to prominent Mexican personalities that have immigrated to USA and also to the states that belonged to Mexico and have been incorporated to the USA. However, the plot is limited to one joke only and wasted in a boring and unnecessary soap-opera. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Um Dia sem Mexicanos" ("A Day Without Mexicans")


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