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Mexico's most notorious drug lord schools a naïve journalist as to the principles behind The Cartel's success.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
José Luis Franco ...
Angel Santana
Freddy Douglas ...
Jules Land
Mauricio Islas ...
Santos
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Dolores Santana
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Vern
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Pancho
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Rojas
Rafael Oliveira ...
Ned Constantine
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Officer Solana
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Caronte (as Khotan)
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Don Amilkar
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Young Angel Santana
Humberto Elizondo ...
Pedro Santana
Tom Martino ...
Tom Donaldson
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Carlitos
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Based on Mexico's current criminal climate, EL CÁRTEL is a rare look into the values and practices of the world's most intriguing and enigmatic industry - the multi-billion dollar business of drug trafficking. When Jules Land, a naïve business journalist, approaches Mexico's most notorious drug cartel and requests an audience with its leader, a one-time-priest turned murderous cutthroat, he quickly realizes he's in over his head. Wanting only the chance to kick-start his struggling career, Jules goes from seeking to understand the principles behind The Cartel's success, to fighting to return home with his wits - and his life - intact. Written by Anonymous

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In Mexico, nothing goes as planned.

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12 May 2009 (USA)  »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Much of the dialogue and philosophies of the film's antagonist, Santana, were based on research and interviews conducted by the script's writer while participating in the research and production of the New York Times bestseller, "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't" by Jim Collins. See more »

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Written by Edgard Jaude, Rafael Torres, Andres Ayrado
Performed by Andres Ayrado
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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Enjoyed it.
9 June 2009 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Okay... So I saw the movie trailer on youtube and decided to put it in my Netflix queue. I'm not one to watch independent films, preferring to reserve my time for the bigger films that my kids will like. But I'm actually glad I strayed from the norm on this one.

I judge a film on how much it gets into my head. My husband and I watched this last night (not one for the kiddos me thinks) and I woke up this morning thinking about it. The film itself was pretty good. Acting was descent. Story was descent. Message and moral of the film was superb! I'm not sure if the film makes me want to chase my dreams, or be happy with the fact that I've decided to let them pass me by, but it's definitely got me thinking that I should start revisiting all the things I wanted to do when I was a kid. And if I decide to "go for it," as the movie's main character would say, I'll make sure I do a little bit better preparing than he did! haha


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