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6 August 2004 (Mexico) 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 ... Restauranteur
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)
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Directed by
Sergio Arau 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sergio Arau 
Yareli Arizmendi 
Sergio Guerrero 

Produced by
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

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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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Did You Know?

Director Cameo: ['Sergio Arau (I)']the guitar player of the band that is rehearsing in the garage. Arau was guitar player, lyricist and singer of the 1980s Mexican rock band "Botellita de Jerez".See more »
Errors in geography: The scenes in Stockton, California show orange groves in the background. There are no orange groves in Stockton.See more »
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29 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Watch this, only if there's nothing else to do., 15 December 2004
Author: hqahtani from Cairo, Egypt

I just finished watching A Day Without a Mexican, so my comments are fresh.

As some other reviewers have mentioned, this film had the potential to be much more in terms of social commentary. The fact that it went in a comedic direction isn't bad in itself, it's just the execution of everything seemed so flawed.

There were chances to make statements, and to be relevant; one can still do that while still being funny. It's just -- I never laughed during the entire film, and I never felt as if any point was driven home, so it failed both goals.

I won't call this a bad film, but it's certainly not worth the $4 rental fee. If it shows up on TV for free, go ahead and watch it, otherwise find something else to spend your money on. Stereotypes can be used to convey a serious message (see Hollywood Shuffle), however I'm not sure what this film's message really was. Was it that Mexicans are a cheap economic revenue? That they're our maids, and token love interests?

As for bad acting, I can get over that. The problem is with the script. The initial idea sounds great, but the initial idea needs followed up with original and clever thought; that's where this film went downhill quickly.

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