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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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The federal government of Mexico shut down part of the U.S./Mexico border to permit the cast and crew to shoot for two days at the Nogales, Mexico "port of entry." This special permission was granted by Mexico's highest "Aduana" and immigration officials only after they had read the script and given their blessing. 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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Intriguing Premise + Great Villains & Cinematography = Worth Watching
21 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An interesting story about an American journalist who uses familial connections to arrange an interview with Latin America's most successful "narcotraficante." Mistakenly thinking it's the opportunity of a lifetime, this journalist plunges – quite naively – into the belly of a gritty Mexican underworld.

While the story was intriguing, the movie's real standouts are its villains – Angel Santana and his cartel cronies. As the story unfolds, the film teaches 13 "principles" behind this infamous drug lord's success. The irony is that they also apply to all of us, providing the film's underlying "moral" – if you stick to your principles and adhere to your values, things tend to go well (although not always perfectly). And if you don't? Well, watch the movie and you'll see.

Kudos are also warranted for the film's cinematography (some of the shots are simply breathtaking). If only all low-budget indie films had this much thought and production value. -- B.T. Corbett


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