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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:
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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


No one can outrun their destiny. 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?


Special care was taken to protect the digital cameras from the unpredictable Mexican rain forest climate. They were covered with space blankets to reflect the extreme heat. Temperature was closely monitored via thermometers added to the cameras. For shooting at a waterfall, the cameras were put in specially-built Hydroflex splash bags designed by Pete Romano. See more »


There are piles of hundreds of corpses dead less than a month, just outside the city, and more piles of hundreds of freshly killed corpses inside the city itself. At no point in the life of the Maya, and definitely not in the 16th century when the film is set, would the surrounding jungle have been able to provide a population large enough to yield that many sacrifice victims. 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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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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