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Apocalypto (2006)

As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, a young man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression.

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Itandehui Gutierrez ...
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Sayuri Gutierrez ...
Eldest Daughter
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Storyline

In the Maya civilization, a peaceful tribe is brutally attacked by warriors seeking slaves and human beings for sacrifice for their gods. Jaguar Paw hides his pregnant wife and his son in a deep hole nearby their tribe and is captured while fighting with his people. An eclipse spares his life from the sacrifice and later he has to fight to survive and save his beloved family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When the end comes, not everyone is ready to go See more »


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Rated R for sequences of graphic violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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8 December 2006 (USA)  »

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Mel Gibson's Apocalypto  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,005,604, 10 December 2006

Gross USA:

$50,866,635

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$120,654,337
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Because of heavy rains in Mexico, the released date moved from August 4, 2006 to December 8, 2006. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 16 mins) When the High Priest pulls the first warrior's heart out, the first shot shows no blood on his hands. In the next shot, as he shows the heart to the crowd, his forearms are covered in blood almost to his elbow. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
title card: "A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within." W. Durant
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Crazy Credits

Daniel Paredes ...... Crazy Student and Son of a Driver See more »

Connections

Referenced in RuPaul's Drag Race: The Snatch Game (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Nichos del Tiempo
Written by Antonio Zepeda
Performed by Antonio Zepeda
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User Reviews

My, Oh, Mayans
8 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Though I had no interest in the subject, I took a risk and just came back from seeing Mel Gibson's new flick and it is an exciting adventure which engages from the start with touches of humor that allow us to relate to the characters rather than hold them at a distance.

The accusation that it portrays the people unfairly has no merit. Both sides of human nature doubtless existed in each culture from the start. Look at The Fast Runner - a movie about a much smaller aboriginal community in which we see no matter how small your clan is someone will be a criminal and all soap opera elements will be represented.

Rudy Youngblood especially stands out here as the hero. Reading the subtitles will add comic relief to your screening, but the story itself plays visually. Again more is made of the violence than there should be. There is violence but it moves the story along and generates suspense.

I would give it a ten except that I understand IMDb sometimes discounts the tens and ones. Even if you had political reasons you did not like The Passion - or Braveheart for that matter - if you like a good motion picture Apocalypto is a good bet.


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