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21 May 2004 (USA) See more »
On May 14 there will be no Mexicans in California.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Caroline Aaron ... Aunt Gigi

Tony Abatemarco ... Talk Show Host

Melinda Allen ... Ellen Abercombie (as Melinda R. Allen)
Frankie J. Allison ... Oficer Carr (as Frankie Jay Allison)

Fernando Arau ... Undocumented 1

Yareli Arizmendi ... Lila Rodriguez

Todd Babcock ... Nick

Maria Beck ... Officer Sanchez

Yeniffer Behrens ... Suzy
Arell Blanton ... Chris
Cassidy Paige Bringas ... Tracy Abercrombie
Brian Brophy ... Barney Montana
Pilar Camporredondo ... Lila's Mom (as Maria Camporredondo Neeley)

Elpidia Carrillo ... Cata

Larry Carroll ... Newscaster
Suzette Craft ... Newscaster

Maureen Flannigan ... Mary Jo Quintana

Suzanne Friedline ... Vicki Martin

Jonathan Fuller ... Dean - Neighbor
Luis García ... Undocumented 2 (as Luis Garcia)

Joaquín Garrido ... Jose Mendoza (as Joaquin Garrido)

John Getz ... Senator Abercombie

Carlos Gómez ... Jose Velasquez Diaz (as Carlos Gomez)

Will Greenberg ... Jeff
Santiago Guerrero ... Bobby Quintana
Raul A. Hinojosa ... Abdul Hassan
Sabrina Howard ... Lucy Quintana
Charles Kahlenberg ... General Hoff
Baron Kelly ... Officer Hyland

Shishir Kurup ... Alex
Karen Ve Londa ... Rapture Infomercial Woman
Cyndi Martino ... Nurse Jackie
Dori Mizrahi ... Unemployed Actor

Bru Muller ... George McClaire

Rick Najera ... Magician Announcer

Steven Nevius ... Sit Com Guy
Eduardo Palomo ... Roberto Quintana
Christian Parizeau ... Little Louis
Ryan Quintana ... Border Patrol #1

Salli Saffioti ... Mary Jo's Neighbor
MaryBeth Scherr ... Sharon (as Mary Beth Scherr)

León Singer ... Lila's Dad (as Leon Singer)

Jason Stuart ... Restaurant Manager
Jossie Thacker ... Officer Hyland's Wife
Sylvia Thompson ... Parking Officer

Muse Watson ... Louis McClaire
Dawn Westlake ... Field Reporter
Michael White ... 'Unsolved' Host

Gwendoline Yeo ... Newscaster
Ogie Zulueta ... Dr. Takeshi

Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo ... Special Voice Appearance (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hernandez Eleazal ... Chi-o

Elizabeth M. Kelly ... Reporter

Rosario Alair ... Lawyer (uncredited)

Celestine ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Michael Dean ... Protestor (uncredited)

Mark DeWhitt ... Border Patrol Agent #2 (uncredited)
Alex Ferguson ... Border Patrol Agent (uncredited)

Jason Horton ... Border Patrol Agent (uncredited)
Jimmy Lin ... Senator's Photographer (uncredited)
Christopher Marsteller ... Los perros mojados drummer (uncredited)
Brent Parker ... Child (uncredited)
Judy Prestininzi ... Border Patrol Agent (uncredited)
Edward Scott ... Mariachi (uncredited)
Rafael Simón ... Homeless (uncredited)

Kaleti Williams ... Bartender (uncredited)

Directed by
Sergio Arau 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sergio Arau 
Yareli Arizmendi 
Sergio Guerrero 

Produced by
Sergio Arau .... associate producer
Yareli Arizmendi .... associate producer
Isaac Artenstein .... producer
Álvaro Garnica .... associate producer
Francisco González Compeán .... associate producer
Sergio Guerrero .... associate producer
Bruce A. Simon .... associate producer
Original Music by
Juan Colomer 
Cinematography by
Alan Caudillo 
Film Editing by
Daniel Fort 
Casting by
Penny Ludford 
Production Design by
Anthony Stabley  (as Anthony Rivero Stabley)
Art Direction by
Charlie Brownell 
Set Decoration by
Charlie Brownell 
Chris Davis 
Costume Design by
Carlos Brown 
Makeup Department
Heidi Grotsky .... makeup department head
Paula Le Mieux .... key makeup artist
Juliet Silva .... makeup day-player
Production Management
Laurie Ann Schag .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Godwin .... first assistant director: second unit
Sergio Guerrero .... second unit director
Johnny Haddad .... first assistant director
Art Department
Susana Acosta-Mondragon .... additional graphic artist
Cuauhtli Arau .... graphic designer
Joshua Cheek .... set dresser
Eric Conger .... assistant property master
Gregory M. Edgar .... property master
Ramírez Gabriela .... art department coordinator
Christopher Marsteller .... first assistant decorator
Carole Payette .... scenic painter
Patricia Rutter .... painter
Sound Department
Karma Barber .... adr mixer
David Beres .... sound mixer
Diego Borghello .... boom operator
Jose R. Castellon .... re-recording engineer
George E. Marshall Jr. .... boom operator
Ricardo Núñez Román .... foley artist (as Ricardo Núñez)
Eddie Rogers .... adr mixer
Carlos Solis .... sound re-recording mixer
Waldo Valenzuela .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Rudy Perez .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Adam Avitabile .... digital compositor
Henrik Fett .... visual effects supervisor: LOOK Effects, Inc.
Jay Mark Johnson .... visual effects supervisor
Danny S. Kim .... creative director
Ted Barba .... stunt coordinator
Nick Brett .... stunt double
Marian Green .... stunts
Frank Torres .... stunt coordinator
Frank Torres .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Todd Appleman .... gaffer
John Baron .... electrician
Greg Flores .... grip
Jordan Guzzardo .... grip
Jaime Herrera V. .... dolly grip
Andrew Kuepper .... playback operator
Andrew Kuepper .... video assist operator
Diego Sanchez .... grip
David Neal Stewart .... electrician
Cameron Thorburn .... key grip: pick-up shots
Eduardo Flores Torres .... director of photography: second unit
Casting Department
Fernando Cubillas .... casting: Los Angeles
Iris Hampton .... background casting
Iris Hampton .... local casting
Editorial Department
Susana Acosta-Mondragon .... post-production assistant
Alejandro Valdes-Rochin .... assistant editor
Transportation Department
Scott Anderson .... transportation captain
Other crew
Tania Araiz .... production coordinator: pre-production
Deborah Bacquel .... production accountant
Lincoln Blanco .... car provider: low rider
Laura Brown .... production secretary
Roberto De Biase .... location manager
Liz Kline .... production coordinator
Annette Moreno .... craft service
Ryan O'Quinn .... adr voice
Paula Price .... adr loop group leader
Brian Scott .... set production assistant
Audric Thompson .... assistant production coordinator
Marianne Sauvage .... special thanks

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality
USA:100 min | Argentina:100 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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Eduardo Palomo's last film.See more »
Continuity: When Senator Abercombie is declaring a state of emergency and telling the reporters the military is conducting reconnaissance missions, the F-16 shown flying into the fog has Washington (state) Air National Guard markings on it.See more »
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34 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Muy Bueno!, 14 September 2004
Author: calnavels from Los Angeles, CA

Finally, a movie that says so much that needs to be said about the relationship between latino and anglo-Americans. A few people seem to thinks it's racist, but I don't see how. Some people may not agree, but I think most people will find it to be an enlightening experience. Even as a person who is half Latin American, I was surprised at how many inaccurate stereotypes I accepted about my own people until I saw this movie (the little pop up facts on the screen were both entertaining and informative).

Also, the film's star, Yareli Arizmendi, was in "Like Water for Chocolate", so it's worth it just to see her again. And Eduardo Palomo makes his final appearance in this film, if your a fan of Mexican TV. Despite the controversial ad campaign, this is actually a fun, entertaining movie that I would recommend to most people. See it and decide for yourself.

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