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Apocalypto (2006)

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As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dalia Hernández ...
Jonathan Brewer ...
Morris Birdyellowhead ...
Carlos Emilio Báez ...
Amilcar Ramírez ...
Israel Contreras ...
Israel Ríos ...
María Isabel Díaz ...
Mother in Law (as Isabel Diaz)
Espiridion Acosta Cache ...
Mayra Serbulo ...
Young Woman
Iazua Larios ...
Lorena Heranandez ...
Village Girl
Itandehui Gutierrez ...
Sayuri Gutierrez ...
Eldest Daughter


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Takes out the fear residing deep inside our hearts. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

8 December 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mel Gibson's Apocalypto  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,005,604 (USA) (8 December 2006)


$50,859,889 (USA) (2 March 2007)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The teaser trailer for the movie has an almost entirely different cast than the one that ends up in the film. See more »


When Jaguar Paw jumps from the waterfall and emerges from the water, his wound disappears. This has been fixed on the DVD; the blood has washed off, but the wound clearly remains. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Love Songs (2007) See more »


Written by James Horner
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User Reviews

The Perfect Action Movie
8 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll keep this review short. I'm dense as to what "message" Apocalypto may have been trying to send. I'm not convinced it's a message movie at all. The film's value lies in its limitless ability to pump adrenaline. The movie belongs in the action section when it goes to video. And in that genre, hardly another movie will be able to hold a candle to it.

Apocalypto delivers a rush that does not let up. Once the real action starts, brilliant images unlike any showcased in cinema flash across the screen with dizzying speed. Repeatedly and without letting up, the movie features scene after scene that hits the perfect note, which is always a high-pitched one filled with tension. Apocalypto is the perfect action film, punctuating its frenzy of activity with beautiful and surprising images.

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