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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

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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)
Fernando Arau ...
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 ...
Chris
Cassidy Paige Bringas ...
Tracy Abercrombie
Brian Brophy ...
Barney Montana
Pilar Camporredondo ...
Lila's Mom (as Maria Camporredondo Neeley)
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Cata
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Newscaster
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Storyline

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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21 May 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dzien bez Meksykanów  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$613,000, 14 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,175,179, 21 November 2004
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the beginning when Mary Jo sits up in bed, the covers fall to her lap. In the next shot the covers are still up at her chest. See more »

Crazy Credits

Bloopers and outtakes accompany the closing credits. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Sin Decir Adios
Written by Sergio Arau
Performed by Los Yoguis
Imaginary Friend Publishing, Administered by Universal Publishing Latino
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Bore me to the max
12 June 2007 | by 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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