MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,548 this week

El Cortez (2006)

5.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.5/10 from 502 users   Metascore: 36/100
Reviews: 9 user | 6 critic | 7 from Metacritic.com

A man just released from a mental institution gets involved in a gold mine scheme while trying to avoid the cops, a wrathful drug dealer, and a sultry femme fatale.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 5 titles
created 13 Nov 2011
 
a list of 1000 titles
created 17 Apr 2012
 
a list of 2104 titles
created 21 Mar 2013
 
a list of 3415 titles
created 31 May 2013
 
a list of 3671 titles
created 17 Oct 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "El Cortez" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: El Cortez (2006)

El Cortez (2006) on IMDb 5.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of El Cortez.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Never Forget (2008)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A man (Phillips) who wakes up with amnesia also finds his supposed friend has accused him of murder.

Director: Leo Scherman
Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Kris Holden-Ried, Sarah Manninen
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A guy. A girl. A Diamond.

Director: Joey Boukadakis
Stars: John Patrick Jordan, Brian Smith, Marlana Carter
Death Toll (2008)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  

New Orleans has the No. 1 per capita murder rating in the nation. A decade earlier the city was dubbed the "Murder Capital of the Country." Drugs and violence controlled the streets, taking... See full summary »

Director: Phenomenon
Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, DMX, Keshia Knight Pulliam
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

When millionaire businessman Ted Billings (Glenn Morshower) double-crosses his partners in a weapons deal, he decides to hire some protection. Billings enlists Eugene "Vash" Vasher (Lou ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Millican
Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Yancy Butler, Tom Wright
Malevolent (2002)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Detective Jack Lucas, a harried, self-hating, Los Angeles police detective races against the clock to clear his name when he's framed for a series of killings committed by a crafty serial killer, who targets him as his latest fall guy.

Director: John Terlesky
Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Edoardo Ballerini, Kari Wuhrer
Gone But Not Forgotten (TV Movie 2005)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A serial killer whose signature was "Gone But Not Forgotten" reappears years after the last murder. A local defense attorney begins to suspect that she may be the next victim and that her latest client may somehow be involved.

Director: Armand Mastroianni
Stars: Brooke Shields, Lou Diamond Phillips, Scott Glenn
Transparency I (2010)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A security guard uncovers more than he bargained for.

Director: Raul Inglis
Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Estella Warren, Deborah Kara Unger
Termination Point (TV Movie 2007)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Top secret government experiments with time travel have been shut down and declared as too dangerous to continue. The lead scientist has disappeared with the technology and a government ... See full summary »

Director: Jason Bourque
Stars: Jason Priestley, Lou Diamond Phillips, Garwin Sanford
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.3/10 X  

A micro-budget movie crew treks into the wilderness to shoot horror scenes for their unsellable indie-drama. They soon find themselves in the midst of their own real horror movie, as they are hunted by a large group of creatures.

Director: J. Horton
Stars: Glenn Plummer, Lee Perkins, Linda Bella
Absolon (2003)
Sci-Fi | Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

In a world ravaged by disease, he's the only cure... and the last hope for human-kind.

Director: David DeBartolomé
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Kelly Brook, Lou Diamond Phillips
Angel and the Bad Man (TV Movie 2009)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

This remake of the John Wayne classic tells the story of a notorious gunfighter, Quirt Evans (Lou Diamond Phillips), who is wounded and seeks shelter with a Quaker family.

Director: Terry Ingram
Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Deborah Kara Unger, Luke Perry
Dakota (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

John Dakota is young bum with a hidden past. He meets a nice family and works on their ranch. He soon becomes a good friend of the disabled son and helps them overcome local problems.

Director: Fred Holmes
Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, DeeDee Norton, Herta Ware
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Prison Doctor
David Johann ...
Prison Guard
Robin Adair ...
Cecile
...
Waitress
...
Frank
...
Hotel Clerk
...
Roy Morrison
...
Sam
...
Helena
Edit

Storyline

A man just released from a mental institution gets involved in a gold mine scheme while trying to avoid the cops, a wrathful drug dealer, and a sultry femme fatale.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Things started out pretty good... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality, some violence and drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 January 2007 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

Three for the Devil  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Manny: What goes around, comes around. I believe in that.
See more »

Crazy Credits

This movie is dedicated to people affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Gold Diggers
24 March 2007 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Very interesting screenplay from Chris Haddock suffers a bit from the over-direction of Stephen Purvis. The best parts of this noir sting flick include Lou Diamond Phillips evolving from the drug-neutered autistic hotel clerk (with a violent past) to a much different man by film end. The weakest segments involve heavy-handed over-dramatic moments with much hysteria and theatrics.

While James McDaniel (Lt. Fancy from "NYPD Blue) gets coached into an over-the-top performance as the bad cop, Bruce Weitz (excellent in "Hill Street Blues") joins him chewing the scenes as the paraplegic owner of a supposed fertile gold mine. Strangely Glenn Plummer is much milder in his portrayal of a drug dealer that probably should have been jazzed up a bit. Next to Mr. Phillips, the best performance in the film belongs to Tracy Middendorf as the beautiful, yet not so trustworthy object of multiple affections.

According to director Purvis, filming in Reno was quite painful, but it works very well as the setting. The hotel El Cortez is perfect with its old timey look and feel and, in the end, the Cortez name has a dual role. Definitely worth seeing for the story and Phillips' performance, but disappointing in that it could have been much more.


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Released? Mason-12
What happens with Arnie (the cop) ? delphsol
Was Manny back in the game with Popcorn at the end? vgar101
Plot Summary: drmamm
Discuss El Cortez (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?