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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:

Celestine ... Bar Patron
Hernandez Eleazal ... Chi-o

Elizabeth M. Kelly ... Reporter

Rosario Alair ... Lawyer (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
William Hawa .... props assistant
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: 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 »
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
don't expect too much, 6 June 2004
Author: cryinghyena

This film got it's press from the "inflammatory" title, but the ad campaign was aimed to put your butt in the movie seat, and it worked for this micro-budget movie... it ended up with a profit in Los Angeles alone. This was quite clever because the film got a much larger audience than it would have received otherwise, regardless of anyone's personal feelings. The ads were done so that any reasonably intelligent person could see the tongue-in-cheek manner in which the ad campaign was carried out, and those who couldn't, well... they'd probably go see the movie just so they could be even more angry.

So I went to see the movie, not so much because of the controversy, but to see how good a film had been put together. I was really disappointed. For as clever a campaign had been crafted to get people to see their movie, the filmmakers failed miserably at keeping them interested.

The storyline is not too terribly involving, and the "morality tale" message is really beat into your head with a hammer from the first minute all the way to the end. The acting is amateurish... it had a very distinct high school film project look and feel to it, and although I'm no stranger to low budget films... this one really looked bad. The film quality was so terribly grainy that it was distracting, and the attempts at "visual effects" even moreso. I would have been more impressed and they would have saved a few bucks if they'd left them out.

The coup d'etat... I fell asleep. And I had really wanted to like this movie... I went in having a really good feeling about it.

The film would probably have made a great half hour after school special or educational video, with all of the boring and tedious plot left out and all of the interesting factoids about the Mexican contribution to American culture left in. I know many of my Mexican friends who saw it got a kick out of some of the cultural in-jokes in the movie, but almost across the board they agree with me that the movie wasn't very good.

So there you go. If you have a burning desire to learn some fairly obvious facts about Mexican culture in California, jump right in. My feeling is that people who are ignorant to the information put forward in the film are probably not inclined to care or want to know anyway... but there's never any harm in trying to get the word out. All minorities in the U.S. have historically been mistreated and maligned, and if one were really inclined to learn some perspective about American treatment of Mexicans, Indians, Blacks, Asians... I would suggest a read of 'A People's History of the United States' by Howard Zinn. NOW THAT'S AN EYE OPENER.

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