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Apocalypto (2006)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  8 December 2006 (USA)
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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

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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


$40,000,000 (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?


For the waterfall jump scene, Rudy Youngblood jumped in a harness from a 15-story building in Veracruz over about 10 takes. The shot was digitally superimposed over the real waterfall later. After director Mel Gibson harassed Youngblood about his initial fear of jumping, Youngblood got together with the stunt crew and goaded Gibson into taking a jump himself. See more »


When Blunted's mother-in-law pushes him into the hut from behind, a hand is clearly pushing against his stomach, holding him steady to give the impression he won't budge an inch. 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 »


References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


Written by James Horner
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The Artist As A Tough/Rough Man
16 January 2007 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

One of the roughest, toughest art films I've ever seen. Remarkable, sensational. Non a mean task to put aside all the gossip surrounding the man behind this miracle and look at "Apocalypto" for what it is : a startling piece of art done by one of the most startling artists of our time. But I was able to do exactly that and sit there open mouthed, totally transported to the world Mel Gibson had in store for me. I don't want to get into any spoilers but let me tell you there are, at least, 4 moments - not merely technical but emotional - that are a first for the movies. There is violence in the film yes, but not nearly as much as in "Casino Royale" and definitely more justified. I'll take my wife next time, she stayed home, brainwashed by the avalanche of misinformation claiming it was one of the most violent films ever made. I know my wife well enough to know she will love "Apocalypto"

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