A Day Without a Mexican (2004)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  21 May 2004 (USA)
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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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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.

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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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$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$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 »


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

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Bloopers and outtakes accompany the closing credits. See more »


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


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The Mexicans among us
11 April 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Sergio Arau's satire "A Day Without a Mexican" takes a poignant look at something that has been in the news lately. Mr. Arau's new take on the theme he has explored already, give us a vision about how inter connected we are in this country. This movie will resonate more with people from California. Mexicans in that state account for most of the immigrants, illegal, or otherwise.

We are given the premise that a fog is enveloping the state and all Mexicans have disappeared into it. The Anglos, so dependent for much of the work from Mexicans don't seem to be coping well when the reality about having to do something they take for granted will be done by their Mexican workers.

Yareli Arizmendi and Eduardo Palomo do fine work under Mr. Arau's direction.

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