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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

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When the end comes, not everyone is ready to go 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?


This movie's poster shows Middle Eye, not Jaguar Paw, running from his pursuers. See more »


The long feathers on the Mayan priest's headdress are supposed to be Quetzal, a native Central American bird and endangered species. They are actually the tail feathers of Reeve's Pheasant (Syrmaticus reevesii), a native of China. 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 Mistress America (2015) See more »


Written by James Horner
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User Reviews

Not Your Typical Mayan Family Drama
15 January 2007 | by (Rome, Italy) – See all my reviews

A family drama like no other. Two hours plus that rush at the speed of light. This is cinema. I'm sorry but it is. Don't look for inner meanings. This is the work of one of the greatest artists of our time. Yes, I'm talking about Mel Gibson. And as most of the great artists, he's bound to be controversial, erratic and infuriating sometimes but, thank God he exists. He's always going to surprise us for better or worse in sickness and in health. There are no intellectual under pinnings here. This is an adventure flick that takes us to places we've never been before. It entertains and moves and startles. Masterfully shot at a breathless pace that never, ever, lets go. And then, of course, the acting - if you can call it that. The most remarkable performances by an ensemble cast of unknowns. Gloroious faces that speak louder than words. Well, as you may have guessed. I'm overwhelmed by the experience. Thank you Mel, thank you very much.

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